Find A Cruise

Clear Selections

Region:

Duration:

Ships:

Port:

Specials:

All-Inclusive Northern Europe & Baltic Cruises

Picturesque History

 

Ports and Excursions of Northern Europe


Mariehamn, Finland-port

Prepare to be enchanted as you explore this island city founded in 1861 by Tsar Alexander II who named it after his wife. With dazzling natural resources as far as the eye can see, you will want to set off on foot to the Maritime Museum to discovery the rich history during the heyday of the Russian Empire. The streets, lined with lime trees from the eastern to the western harbor offer a smorgasbord of shopping, dining, museums and galleries. Look for locally crafted hand-knotted sweaters, jewelry, textiles, glass and ceramics. Enjoy the local seafood or the specialty meat, ostrich. Later stop for coffee and Aland Pancake served with stewed prunes and whipped cream.

View Cruises that visit this port

Below is a list of those shore excursions previously offered in this port. For information on which shore excursions will be offered on a particular cruise, please reference the specific itinerary of that cruise.

Free Excursions

Regent Choice Excursions

  • Light Activity /Walking Light Activity /Walking
  • Seated Tour Seated Tour
  • Moderate Activity/Walking Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Most Active or Strenuous Most Active or Strenuous
  • Minimal Activity Required Minimal Activity Required
  • Regent Choice Regent Choice
  • Meal Meal
  • Evening Tour Evening Tour
  • Historical Maritime Aland
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Island Highlights
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Stallhagen Brewery & Panoramic Drive
    Light Activity /Walking

Historical Maritime Aland

Light Activity /Walking

Duration: 3 1/2 hours

Tour Code: MHM-001

Gain an in-depth historical perspective of the autonomous Finnish province of Aland by touring an authentic homestead, medieval church and maritime museum.

After departing from the pier, you will drive southeast following a picturesque route past sparkling bays and across Lemström Canal, which the occupying Russians had prisoners of war build in the 1880s to expedite shipping. Before long, you will arrive at the Pellas Museum, a shipmaster’s homestead that was constructed around the same time as the canal. It presents an authentic look at 19th-century Finnish country life, as it is furnished with period pieces and agricultural implements in the barn.

Continuing into nearby Lemland, you will visit the municipality’s namesake church, a whitewashed red granite building that dates to medieval times. During a renovation in the 1950s, 12th-century wall paintings were uncovered that depict the life of St. Nicholas, who in this part of the world is considered the patron saint of seafarers. The church’s interior also contains a beautiful painted altarpiece and a wooden Madonna from the 1320s. Outside, there is an historical graveyard.

Returning to Mariehamn, the focus turns back to the sea as you tour the “Pommern,” a four-mast windjammer built in 1903 to carry cargo between England and Australia. It makes for a wonderful introduction to the adjacent Maritime Museum, whose exhibits include ship figureheads, nautical paintings and sea chests. Afterwards, you will return to the pier.

Please note: This tour includes nearly 2-hours of moderate walking/standing and includes cobblestone and natural surfaces. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing to include a light jacket; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested.