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Not to be confused with Ekerö, the archipelago in Swedish lake Mälaren.

Eckerö is a scattered village and an island, regarded as part of mainland Åland. It is the port for the Eckerö Line, the shortest crossing from Sweden.

Get in[edit]

By bus from Mariehamn, line 1, €4.40.

By Eckerö Line from Grisslehamn, Norrtälje. The shortest and cheapest ferry route from Sweden to Åland, two hours (note time zone change) two to three times daily (€5 for an adult, €10 for a car).

Ålands hav, the sea between Eckerö and Sweden, is narrow enough for nearly any vessel on a nice day.

Get around[edit]

Map of Eckerö


Eckerö Mail and Customs House.
  • 1 Eckerö post- och tullhus (Postal office and museum), Storby, +358 40-179-9715, . The post and customs house of 1828, by Ludvig Engel and Carlo Bassi, is hugely oversize for the village, as it was built as a symbol of the Russian Empire at the main mail route to Sweden. The building also hosts artists in residence.
  • 2 Hunting and Fishing Museum (Ålands Jakt-och Fiskemuseum), Fiskeläge 37 (Käringsund; 800 m nature trail from the Eckerölinjen jetty at Berghamn), +358 18 38299, . 18 June–16 August daily 10:00–18:00, 1 May–7 June and 17 Aug–29 Aug M–Sa 10:00–17:00, for groups also by request. €6/4/-.


A boat crew of the yearly rowing and sailing competition honouring villagers with duty of mail transport over the sea, winter as well as summer.

In summer this is almost a beach resort for Ålanders and has a holiday feeling, and a traditional beach style atmosphere. Tip: hire a canoe and paddle to some islands.

  • Game safari (the tour starts at the Hunting & Fishing Museum), +358 45 7343-5996, . 45 min safari tour, game pasture with red deer, fallow deer, wild boar, ostriches and llamas. Also accommodation and boat trips. €10/7/5; rooms €60; cottages €120–750/night.
  • Märket lighthouse. June–August Tu–Th 09:00 or by request. Lighthouse in the Sea of Åland, on a tiny skerry with the border to Sweden (the smallest sea island shared between countries, and a separate DXCC entity). Trips of 4–5 hours (one hour each way) arranged by the Käringsund guest harbour. Guided tour, coffee and seal watching. Proper clothes and footwear needed. Cancelled in bad weather or with few customers (unless specially arranged).



Restaurants at most accommodations. See Sleep below.




Postal code: AX-22270 Eckerö

Go next[edit]

  • Mariehamn, the capital and only town on Åland.

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