While we visited in Åland, we went to see the ruins of Bomarsund. The fortress of Bomarsund was built back in the 1832 and it was finished in 1854. It was one of the largest building projects of Åland, and it was calculated for 5000 men. It's a pretty effin' huge, considering that the population of the whole islands is 29,5 thousand people, of which almost 12 thousand are living in the capital of Åland, Mariehamn.

Since the Åland was Russian at the time (like Finland), the fortress was meant for the Russian contingents on the islands. History is a funny thing, as when we visited there, there wasn't a lot of the fortress left. Why?

The Battle of Bomarsund, in the August of 1854 happened. The fortress was thoroughly ruined when attacked by the English-Frenchmen. It might have not stayed up for long, but for Ålands history it has a great meaning. After the Battle of Bomarsund, Åland became a demilitarised zone.

D was super excited over there. J got out of the hand and climbed up on top of the wall when D tried to follow him but due to his lack of ability to climb he was getting rather frustrated trying to follow his father. It's always fun to visit the scenes where such things as wars have happened. It's always interesting to learn about the history of your own country.



  1. Awww D, you'll be able to climb when you are a little older heehee. Such a fun place to be!

  2. I totally agree with you. There is always something new to learn and things to explore! Glad you enjoyed it!

  3. Ruins make the best playgrounds!! And they also help to put history into perspective and make it more real. Very cool!

  4. Whitney Kutch8/8/18 1:25 am

    Such a cool experience for your little one (even if he wasn't quite able to climb as much as he wanted)! Beautiful photos!

  5. That looks like such a fun place to visit and a great history lesson at the same time! Charlie xo

  6. Crazy thing is that I know like ZERO about Aland, or about its militant history. I think I visited when I was like 10, with school, to see the Taffel factories. That's it! Crazy! Now I want to visit for a weekend and proper check it out.
    Katja xxx

  7. Such a lovely post, thanks for sharing! I'm glad everyone has a good time, and I personally love learning about the history in other countries so this was a lot of fun to read :)

    Ashley |

  8. Always love hearing about your trips, so glad you all had a lovely time! The photos are gorgeous as always :)

    Kate |

  9. Interesting visit! Aww that photo is so cute!! �� looks like he’s having fun! Xo

  10. I'm the same as you, I love visiting historical places and learning about the history of my country. I also love getting to see your own explorations! This looks like such a cool place, I love the unusual shape of the stones! Such a cute photo of D too!
    Beth x Adventure & Anxiety


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