May 5, 2014

Åland’s Bomans Gästhem reopens

Bomans Gästhem will once again offer hostel accommodation on the Åland Islands, from mid-May. After the retirement of the previous owners two years ago, the hostel is now under the management of a second-generation, with hostel owners Arto and Mari. This popular hostel is the winner of the 2007 Hostel of the Year award.

Bomans Gästhem is situated in a former farmhouse on the idyllic and peaceful island of Vårdö. The scenic island is on a historic mail boat route. Even the journey to the hostel by the Archipelago Road is an unforgettable experience.

Bomans Gästhem, founded in 2000, offers traditional bed and breakfast accommodation with rooms available in three buildings: the main farmhouse, a rustic-style terraced house, and a converted cowshed. The hostel has around 60 beds in total, which makes it suitable for larger groups too. Some of the rooms are equipped with a kitchenette, and there is also a shared kitchen that all guests are welcome to use. Lunch and dinner are available for groups by advance booking.
The island provides an excellent environment for cycling and hiking, while the archipelago is ideal for canoeing, sailing, and other boating. The nearest swimming beach is around 1.5 km from the hostel. The hostel has bicycles, canoes, and a motorboat available for hire.

In addition, the hostel is a perfect base for exploring other parts of the Åland Islands – for example, Mariehamn, the capital of the island region, is less than an hour’s drive away.

Bomans Gästhem opens on 17 May and closes for winter in late September.
Prices start at €45 per person. Breakfast, bed linens, and cleaning are included in the price. A 10% discount
is available with a valid Hostelling International (HI) membership card.

Bomans Gästhem
Vårdöbyvägen 75
22550 Vårdö, Åland
+358 44 211 8475

Bomans Gästhem is available for online booking at

Summer events in Åland, 2014

5–7 June, Salmon Trolling Contest (Eckerö)
14 June, Mail Boat Race (Eckerö–Grisslehamn)
20–21 June, Midsummer celebrations (various locations around Åland)
22–28 June, Åland Organ Festival (various venues around Åland)
16–20 July, Åland Sea Days (Mariehamn)
18–26 July, Rockoff Festival (Mariehamn)
8–7 September, Konstrundan Open Studios (various locations around Åland)
19–21 September, Harvest festivals (various locations around Åland)
Photo: Visit Åland / Heidi Ikonen

Åland in brief

Inhabitants: 27,500
Part of Finland and a member of the EU
Language: Swedish
Currency: The official currency is the euro but Swedish crowns are accepted in most places