Vårdö - The Magic Island

 

Getting to Vårdö 

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It is about 42 km from Mariehamn to Vårdö, 45-55 min by car. On the above map Vårdö is shown by Hummelvik, wichs is one of the main harbours for the Northern Archipelago Route 

 

The Ferry from Sund to Vårdö

A local ferry operates between the island Vårdö and the mainland Åland all day without timetable

- Operates between Prästö in Sund and Töftö in Vårdö
- On weekdays the ferry operates according to demand without timetable, one schedueld break 02.15 - 02.50 AM 
- The crossing takes about 5 minutes

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- Weekends(Saturdays and Sundays) the ferry operates according to demand without timetable except for the following schedueld breaks.

09.00 - 09.15 AM

11.45 AM - 12.20 PM

17.45 - 18.20 PM

20.00 - 20.15 PM

02.15 - 02.50 AM

 

 

Ålandstrafiken

 

Ferries and bus traffic in the Åland archipelago WWW.ALANDSTRAFIKEN.AX

 

VÅRDÖ
The word "vårdö" means "the guardian island". On the highest mountain of Vårdö people used to light bonfires to warn the other islands of danger.

 

POST ROUTE
The old post route road from Stockholm to Turku went through Vårdö, from Båthusviken to Hullvik. The local citizens took care of the mail transport in all kinds of weather. The dangerous mail transport lasted for over 300 years (1638-1910).

Many people drowned on these journeys and in the memory of them the municipality of Vårdö has erected a memorial on the seashore of Hullvik. Today the post route road is marked with milestones.

HOSTELS AND CAMPING
Sandösunds Cottage and Camping, +3581847750

FOOD & COFFEE SHOPS
Sandösunds Taverna,  +3581847750
Stormskärs Värdshus & Konferens, Simskäla +358400783086

SHOPPING AND FUEL
Vårdö Närbutik, Vargata, +3581847617
Open mon-fri 10-18, Saturday 10-14
Groceries, fuel, gas, water.
Free bikes can be borrowed at Vargata bridge, Båthusviken

VISITOR BRIDGE

Vargata ny brygga2
Båthusviken, Vargata, shop 2 km, tel. +3581847617

Visit a classroom and teacher's recidence from the earliest days of primary school at Ålands School Museum

and at the same time drop in at Seffers´ Folk Museum Visit Wennströms Lanthandel Museum in Grundsunda
Welcome to the Chapel of Vårdö
Vårdö is the Island of culture and art. Two renowed authors lived on the islands: Anni Blomqvist and Sally Salminen. Anni Blomqvist is known for her beloved books about "Stormskärs Maja",
and Sally Salminen wrote the successful novel "Katrina" that has been translated into several languages.
Midsummer's eve is a special event as people gather to celebrate and decorate a traditional maypole of Åland.

SPORTS
Tennis court, in Vårdö, booking tel. +3584575267323

CANOE EXCURSIONS
Sandösunds Camping  +3581847750

BIKERIDING

Go on a archipelago tour by bike or motorbike

HIKING

Hike on a local trail

FISHING TOURS

Sandösunds Camping  +3581847750
Vidar Häggblom, Ängö, fishing guide +358405281828
Simskäla fishing tours, Mikael Lindholm, fishing guide, +358400783086