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Föglö

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Föglö is in Åland.

Understand[edit]

Föglö is a group of islands in the south-eastern Åland archipelago. The main village is Degerby with most services and the tourist information office. Föglö is excellent for biking and nature trips.

Föglö has been inhabited for at least a millennium. During medieval times Degerby was the most important town in the Åland Islands as the sailing route between the cities of Stockholm and Åbo in the Swedish empire went through Föglö and by Degerby. During the time Åland was a part of the Russian empire ships had to stop in Degerby for customs declaration, they could also get navigational aid by pilots stationed in Degerby.

During the beginning of the 20th century the Russian navy constructed an airfield in the village of Granboda. From there they flew military reconnaissance flights until the base was dismantled and abandoned.

A tourism information office is open during the summer months in Degerby, nearby the ferry port.

Get in[edit]

  • From Svinö in mainland Åland there is a car ferry that goes to Föglö several times per day, passengers on foot do not need any ticket. The ferry arrives in the main village of Degerby in western Föglö.

To get to Svinö and the ferry to Föglö from Mariehamn you have a 30 minute drive going east on the main road. There are also buses that go between Mariehamn and Svinö a couple of times per day. These buses depart from a terminal next to the public library of Mariehamn, they take longer than driving by car due to picking up and leaving passengers in different villages along the way.

  • From Galtby in Finland there are car ferries that travel through the entire Åland archipelago and stops in Föglö in the northern port of Överö. There is nothing in Överö except a road that connects to the rest of Föglö. The ferries depart from Finland once per day from tuesday to sunday, not on mondays.
  • From Långnäs in mainland Åland the same ferries depart on their way to Finland, they stop by Överö in Föglö. Remember to ask the crew to let you off in Överö, if no passenger asks to go there they will pass it and continue to other islands.

Time tables and rates for all ferries can be found at Ålandstrafiken.

If you arrive in your own boat there is a marina next to the supermarket, where you can also fill up on fuel.

Bring[edit]

  • Wine and other alcoholic drinks. There is no liquor store in Föglö and the supermarket only sells beer. It is recommended that you buy your alcoholic beverages on the ship to Åland as liquor stores have been monopolized by the Finnish government and therefore is extremely expensive. Of course you can buy drinks at local restaurants in Föglö.
  • Clothes. There is no clothing store in Föglö, you will need to bring all clothes you need.
  • Outdoors and camping gear. Likewise you will not find this in Föglö and should bring it yourself. Some fishing gear can be bought in the K-mart.

Get around[edit]

The town of Degerby is walking-size. All points of interest is within short distance. For the rest of Föglö bike or car is recommended. Public transport consists of a free van that travels between the ferry piers in Degerby and Överö two times per day only during weekdays. A van schedule in swedish can be found here.

The entire Föglö can be crossed by bike in a 1-2 hours and the roads are well suited for biking. You can rent bicycles hourly or daily at the supermarket in Degerby.

In Embarsund there is a free car ferry you need to be aware of if you are in a hurry to catch another ferry in Överö. They depart whenever you arrive, but they do have lunch and dinner breaks.

See[edit][add listing]

There is a small local museum next to the ferry pier. A couple of kilometers from Degerby you'll find the medieval Mary Magdalene church, open for tourists during summer months.

During warm nights late in the summer the inner archipelago of Föglö experiences the bloom of bioluminous algae. They make the water glow in a mysterious turquoise light when agitated, for example by a paddle or a boat propeller. These algae are sometimes toxic so avoid swimming in them even though it might be tempting.

Wildlife. If spotting eagles are your fancy then Föglö has a lot of them. And of course other critters, even lynx, but they are very rare to spot.


Do[edit][add listing]

Many tourists chose Föglö for bicycling or as a leg of a longer bicycle journey through Åland. If hiking is more your fancy, there are two hiking tracks in Föglö, one in Hastersboda and one in Jyddö. During spring and fall Föglö is an attractive place for fishing tourists, with guests often renting a lodge with a boat for a week. Fishing licenses can be purchased online at [www.fiskekort.fi]. To see the different fishing zones go to [www.fiskekarta.ax] and click the green area to see the name of the zone. Or you could buy your fishing license from your lodging provider in order to avoid the extra fees. Licenses are typically €10/daily, €20/weekly and €30/monthly.

The inner archipelago is very popular for kayaking since it's mostly protected from rough weather and because of the many uninhabited islands and islets. You can rent kayaks by the day at Guesthouse Enigheten in Degerby for.

Degerby Jazz & Blues is a popular festival held from the 5th to the 7th of august, with performers from Scandinavia. Probably the biggest event in the Åland archipelago.

Money[edit]

Euro is the official currency, but some establishments accept Swedish krona as well. Cards are accepted everywhere, including on the ferries to Föglö. You are safe to conduct your whole travel using only credit/debit card.

There is no ATM in Föglö! Likewise you will not find Western Union or other money transfer services.

Buy[edit][add listing]

There is a well-stocked although slightly expensive supermarket in Degerby. They sell everything you might need including fresh produce, gas, ice cream and drinks.

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Restaurang Seagram in Degerby is a fine dining restaurant most known for their fish smorgasbord buffet. They have an a la carte-menu and more casual bistro food. They also host balls and entertainment during the summer nights, popular with locals and tourists alike. They have a patio with a view of the sea and full liquor license.

Tullkällarn Pub - A sister company of Seagram, apart from drinks this cozy cellar-pub serves pizzas with a local touch. Beer and wine license.

Enigheten This B&B has a restaurant that serves a café selection during daytime and an á la carte menu at night. Beer and wine license.

Drink[edit][add listing]

Restaurang Seagram and Tullkällarn Pub are the preferred places to have drinks in Föglö. Seagram has a full liquor license while Tullkällarn serves beer and wine. Guesthouse Enigheten serves beer and wine as well.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Guesthouse Enigheten (Gästhem Enigheten), Tingsvägen, 22710 Degerby (From the ferry pier in Degerby, north past the supermarket), +358 18 50310 (), [1]. checkin: 15:00; checkout: 12:00. Offering lodging for travelers and seafarers in Degerby since the 18th century, Enigheten is a 10 minute walk from the ferry pier. They have a café and restaurant for their guests and visitors. EUR85.  edit

There are several companies offering lodges for rent on a weekly basis or multi-day fishing packages.

Safety[edit]

Föglö is a very safe community and you can go anywhere at any time without worrying about your safety. If you visit by boat be aware that the Finnish border control patrols the waters of Föglö and are known to target and harass tourists. Make sure all your boat equipment is in order and that whoever is piloting is sober as to avoid hefty fees.

For medical emergencies there is a public health central in Degerby.

There is no pharmacy, but there is a medicine box in the bank next to the supermarket.

Tap water is good to drink in all establishments.

Get out[edit]

From Degerby a ferry departs for Svinö in mainland Åland, with a road connecting to Mariehamn. From Överö ferries depart to Långnäs in mainland Åland, Sottunga, Kökar, Snäckö and Galtby in Finland. Create category

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