Berghamn is a harbor in Eckerö Municipality in the westernmost part of the Åland Islands. From here it is only a 2-hour ferry crossing to Grisslehamn in Sweden. The route across the Åland Strait is trafficked by Eckerölinjen, a Finnish shipping company with their headquarters in Mariehamn.
A Short History of Berghamn
The construction of the harbor began at the end of the 1950s. It was built for the new shipping company Eckerölinjen, which began its operations here in 1961. The crossing was initially trafficked by smaller old ferries before the shipping company acquired M/S Eckerö in 1982. The current ferry, also named M/S Eckerö, has been in operation here since 2005. Berghamn and Eckerölinjen have for decades been competing with Viking Line who operated a route between Mariehamn and Kapellskär. Viking Line did, however, cancel that route in 2023 when they sold the ship, M/S Rosella. That means that there are no other ferries that compete with Eckerölinjen on the short transfers across the Åland Straits.
How to Get to Godby
- Flights: The closest airport is Mariehamn Airport (MHQ), the main airport for the island.
- Car: Berghamn is at the western end of Road 1, about 34 kilometers from Mariehamn.
- Ferry: There are regular ferries between Berghamn and Grisslehamn in Sweden.