I visited this place last summer with Eliška (yes, again Eliška. What should I say, she is fun. :) ) and we stayed overnight.
It was great weekend trip and I would definitely recommend it to everyone who wants to experience some nature but also does not feel like giving up on the basic level of comfort (such as clean bed, warm meal or a shower :) ).
|our transport to Örö|
|selfie on top of the bunker|
Do book a place in the hostel or a cottage beforehand. I suspect that during a season it can be booked out.
|bikes to borrow|
|you can discover interesting places there|
We were visiting this place out of the season and so we ended there over night almost alone. Even though when we came, it was filled with people - guests from a wedding which was organized there the day before, almost all of them quite "hangoverish". After all those guests left, there were four more people left, according to the girl at the reception. We actually met them all at the restaurant later that evening. I have to admit, it did feel like a beginning of a very bad horror movie. We where even joking that according to the classical scenario, we will definitely be those girls that will die right at the beginning of the movi. :) It did not help my paranoia, that the only decent watchable movie on TV that night was "Silence of Lambs". :-/ I did not sleep so well that night, even though the bed was comfy and above it was hung a map of my favorite Åland islands :)
As to the island itself, it is sweet and very nice. I enjoyed the sea view a lot and biking around was enjoyable. Even though I was childless this time, I spotted a sandbox with toys and the living areas were suitable for families with children, so I will probably get back one day with my kids. The trip on the boat takes around 40 minutes and you can spend it either up sitting on a deck, or snuggled inside, watching out of the window the waves and possible rain. Definitely great experience for kids. :)
If you wanna know more about Örö, and plan your trip, check out:
- Örö residence program webpage, which is full of practical tips and step by steps advice on how to book a trip to the island,
- information and pictures at Nationalparks.fi
- their official Instagram,
- webpage Visitturku.fi,
- or a webpage Visitfinland.fi.
|cows were there too :)|
|trails were well marked|
|the cottage we rented|
|...from the inside|
|from the boat :)|