Åland – a journey to Ahvaland

9 Dec

This weekend I went to the little island between Sweden and Finland; Åland. The island is a autonomy and is totally Swedish speaking, but belongs to Finland. It’s lying just in the entrance of the Gulf of Bothnia in the Baltic Sea. The name Åland hails from the forn-nordic word of “ahvaland”, which means “water land”, but later became Áland, and then Åland. If you’re to directly translate it into Swedish, Åland means “River Island”.

Anyway, I never set my foot on Åland, just landed in their harbour by ferry. Before I’ve only done that in the summer, but still, Åland by winter… I have NO words. Do you? Usually I’m very impressed by photos and films of an tropical island and stuff like that, but this really makes my MY SWEDISH SOUL cry by pure joy. Cold as hell, but beautiful as in heaven.

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7 Responses to “Åland – a journey to Ahvaland”

  1. maedez December 9, 2012 at 8:02 pm #

    How magical!

    • Lee Castillio December 9, 2012 at 8:03 pm #

      Yes, indeed it is even more magical IRL! 🙂

      • maedez December 9, 2012 at 8:05 pm #

        Oh, I can only imagine how magical it is in real life. What a winter wonderland.

  2. colourlesscity December 9, 2012 at 8:15 pm #

    Amazing photos! I want to see them bigger! 🙂

    • Lee Castillio December 9, 2012 at 8:28 pm #

      Sorry! I just had problems with my uploader to my blog “theme”, so I had to make them small. 😦 Glad you liked them though and loads of thanks! 🙂

  3. thebarbarianman December 10, 2012 at 3:35 pm #

    Reblogged this on Travel perspective, tales, and advice.

  4. Niki, unifiedspace December 14, 2012 at 3:01 pm #

    What absolutely beautiful, magical images – the most delicate colours imaginable.

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