Feedom to Roam
Although a traditional right ro am called allemansratten has existed from ancient times, the freedom to roam has been part of the Outdoor Recreation Act since 1957. The rules are simple: you can sleep anywhere as long as you stay at least 150m away from the nearest residency, and if you sleep more than two nights in the same place, you must ask the landowner’s permission. Most important, though, is that those who practice allemansratten should have respect for nature, the wildlife and the locals.
The Åland Islands, or Åland, is an autonomous region of Finland. Comprising around 6,700 islands. Åland’s legal right of access to private land is not the same as its equivalent in Sweden and Finland.
You have the right to move around freely on foot, on a bicycle or in a kayak, but must avoid private plots of land and piers, and also cultivated land. Always close gates after you.
If you are staying overnight, we recommend campsites, holiday villages and guest harbours. You may sit down and have a rest.
If it is not possible for you to ask the owner of the land for permission, you may pitch an individual tent for one night provided you do so without invading the privacy of the owner’s home. This means pitching your tent at a reasonable distance from any buildings and having consideration for the place in general.
It is forbidden to damage the countryside, disturb those who own or occupy the land or to make excessive noise. Similar conventions apply to staying overnight in a boat.