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 Finland - Aland Islands

Aland Islands

These islands are autonomous and some of the regulations applicable in Finland may differ. The flag of the Åland Islands is a red cross with a yellow border on a light blue field. The official language is Swedish and the capital is Mariehamn.

Customs
The customs allowances and restrictions on the Åland Islands for boats arriving from EU countries or from Finland itself are the same as those for arrival from non-EU countries.

Docking
The islands have plenty of visitors' harbours and there are many public jetties where temporary stops can be made. Natural harbours outside of inhabited areas should only be used in emergencies and the landowner's permission asked to anchor.

A useful website listing the guest harbours in the Aland Islands.

Restrictions
Fishing is only allowed with permission from the owner of the fishing rights, and a fishing licence must be bought, available at shops, service stations and fishing associations. Fishing from the shore is not allowed from 15 April to 15 June.

MainPorts:

Mariehamn *

* indicates port of entry

marketingi
marketingi says:
Feb 23, 2017 11:47 AM

30MILES project – small ports on the eastern Gulf of Finland are developing fast.

The 30MILES international cooperation project was established to develop small ports on the eastern Gulf of Finland, and six Finnish and six Estonian small ports are participating in it. The objective of the project is to harmonise the level of services, security and convenience of use of the ports. The outcome of the 30MILES project will be a ring of quality small ports every 30 miles apart around the Gulf of Finland.
The deadline for completion of the project is May 2018.

Further information: www.merikotka.fi/30miles

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Jul 27, 2015 02:36 PM

Posted on behalf of Sven Hegelund, s/y Njord III
As you know, camping Gaz (butane) is not so easy to get in the Baltic. I am in Turku/Åbo in Finland and the harbourmaster of the yacht harbour on the North side of river Aura, managed to get some containers delivered to Turku from Helsinki and is planning to arrange for a small storage to be kept at the harbour or nearby for the benefit of guests at the yacht harbour.

AlWil
AlWil says:
Jun 14, 2015 03:06 PM

Clearance: when clearing out of Finland to a non-EU country, eg Russia, you must provide at least 4 copies of your crew list to be stamped. If then going from Russia eg to Estonia, get at least 5 copies stamped (4 for Russian border control, 1 for Estonian border control). Finland border control is relaxed about the regulation that after clearing out you must stay within a marked channel, but they emphasise that once in Russian waters you absolutely must stay within or just outside a marked channel.
Alan Wilson, Kiitaja (in 2011)

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