Åland – The Meeting Islands

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The Meeting Islands

Åland Convention Bureau c/o Visit Åland Storagatan 8, AX-22100 Mariehamn, Åland Tel. +358 18 24252 conventions@visitaland.com www.visitaland.com/acb

ÅCB helps with: • tailoring individual plans for your meeting and conference • preliminary bookings of facilities and accommodation • planning of the event programme including supplementary programmes • budget planning • marketing material to present Åland as a meeting venue • organising viewing tours

A peaceful island destination for conferences åland convention bureau Charming, warm and welcoming. Åland offers excellent premises for meetings and conferences. There is a wide selection of activities, culture and sights. Åland Convention Bureau (ÅCB) specialises in con­ ferences, congresses and events. ÅCB gives neutral help free of charge to anyone who is planning to organise meetings and conferences on the Åland Islands. Welcome!

Facts about Åland • The Åland Islands are situated between Sweden and Finland, in the middle of the Baltic Sea. • There are more than 6,700 named islands of which 60 are inhabited. • Åland has almost 30,000 inhabitants, and 11,000 of them live in Mariehamn, Åland’s only town. • Åland has been an auto nomous and monolingual Swedish province in Finland since 1921. Åland has its own flag, own parliament, own stamps, own registration plates and own top-level domain (.ax)

Create relaxation and fresh team spirit activities for every taste A conference is so much more than meetings. Spending time outside your everyday environment, creates closer relationships and inspiration. There are plenty of activities for people to spend their leisure time on – all year round. Åland has a large selection of restaurants, bars, museums and leisure activities. What about exploring the countryside by kayak or bike or doing some long-distance skating. Discover the history at Åland’s fabulous museums. Have a sauna followed by a dip in the sea. Walk in woods and fields. Challenge your colleagues on one of Åland’s stunning golf courses, or wrap up warm and go on a guided fishing trip. There are plenty of options. You choose and we’ll help you find the right experiences.

• The islands’ main industries include shipping, trade, banking, farming and food manufacturing. • The currency is Euro. The time zone is Eastern European time (+2 UTC).

Tastes of the archipelago region of creative cuisine The Åland Islands are a region to be recognised for its creative cuisine and new gastronomic ideas. The Åland dinner table is laid with origins in history and culture. The soil, the surroundings and the weather set the direction. Essential element is the people and the food artisans behind it all, those who ensure that the local gastronomy grows, changes and lives on. Freshly-caught fish from the sea, game, mushrooms and berries from the forest, and vegetables, grain, charcuteries and cheeses from local farmers and food artisans. Åland is a culinary destination with first-class local produce and restaurants. The tastes of the archipelago are an important essence of a successful meeting. Make sure you don’t miss the Åland Islands culinary experience.

“We all left Mariehamn with very good memories and we are confident that all will spread their positive impression among family, colleagues and other friends. Many of them will sure return.”

Partners: Alandica Kultur och Konferens • Eckerö Linjen • Hotell Arkipelag Käringsund Resort & Conference • Mariehamns stad • Park Alandia Hotell Silverskär • Tallink Silja • Viking Line • Ålandhotels • Ålands Turist & Konferens

Ulvi K Gürsoy, Congress Chair ND, and Björn Klinge, President ScSP after a dentist

con-ference held in Mariehamn.

Inspiring surroundings – a peaceful meeting venue fresh sea air is included Sometimes it almost feels like time has stood still, in a positive way. The main venues are close by but stress doesn’t reach them. It’s easy to focus, find new angles for ideas and creativity, and open the mind to thoughts that could otherwise be lost in the bustle of everyday life. The venues suit for larger and smaller meetings, for groups from 10 up to one thousand participants. There is hotel accommodation for more than one thousand guests just in Mariehamn, the capital of the Åland Islands. The same number of options can be found in the countryside along some true seaside gems on the islands. You can even book a whole island for yourselves.

The journey to Åland is half the experience many routes carry to åland The modern passenger ships depart from different ports in Sweden and Finland. Åland is a meeting venue that is accessible while seeing the beautiful archipelago sceneries passing by. Enjoy nice restaurants, entertainment and tax free shopping onboard. The crossings take from 2 to 10 hours. Over 25 ships call the ports of Åland every day and the travel rates are moderate.

A conference can start with a couple of pleasant hours on the Baltic Sea onboard the modern ships from Finland, Sweden and Estonia. Daily flights to Åland depart from Arlanda, Stockholm in Sweden (flight time 30 mins) and Helsinki (50 mins) and Turku (30 mins) in Finland.

close to everything


The short distances are appreciated. Transfers from the conference facilities to the locations offering additional activities are short. In Mariehamn almost everything is within walking distance. Åland will help you to get the most out of your meeting experience.



Åland Convention Bureau c/o Visit Åland, Storagatan 8 AX-22100 Mariehamn, Åland, FInland Tel. +358 457-3451810 conventions@visitaland.com www.visitaland.com