In August, Laura and I met in Helsinki and traveled west to explore the Åland Islands. These islands are autonomous, demilitarized, and technically belong to Finland, but almost all the local residents speak Swedish.
We began our trip by taking a train to Turku where we rented bicycles and headed south west along an archipelago of islands with occasional bridges and ferries.
On our second day we made a stop at the island of Kökar where we visited the local church.
Next we continued by ferry to the main islands and disembarked at the port of Långnäs.
Eventually we reluctantly returned to the main town of Mariehamn to take a ferry back to Turku.