The capital of the Åland Islands is the small town of Mariehamn, known as Maarianhamina to the Finns. The Åland Islands are halfway between Finland and Sweden in the Gulf of Bothnia. Åland is nominally independent, with its own flag, number plates and stamps, although it is officially part of Finland. Visitors with a hire car can explore much of the beautiful archipelago, but with a total of 6,5 islands to see, a boat is useful too. It’s a traditional area where the highlights include midsummer dancing poles and wooden windmills. One of the main attractions is the restored 19th-century traditional farmstead at Kastelholm.