May 3rd, 2017

Åland Europa stamp portrays the Kastelholm castle. One special philatelic item to your appreciation is excited to present to our readers’ evaluation the Åland stamp for the 2017 Europa theme that shows the Kastelholm castle.

Dating back to the late 1300s, the well-preserved ruins of the only medieval castle in Åland are located in Sund.  Åland photographer Niclas Nordlund has captured the castle on a sparkling winter day.

Niclas commented that he shot the photo on 4 January 2016 at 11:49 am.

“Following a two hour wait at the Slottsundet bay, the clouds cleared and the currents subsided for a few seconds, leaving the bay bright as a mirror; I succeeded in shooting the photo I had planned.”
Working in a sports establishment in Åland, Niclas devotes himself to his own photo business Niclas Nordlund Photography when time permits. He focuses mainly on nature and landscape photography.

“The story behind my interest in photography? Well, after 36 years of active hunting, I decided to shelf my gun and start shooting photos instead. I still very much enjoy nature and the outdoors but, nowadays, without disturbing the peace with the sound of a gunshot.”
The Kastelholm area is one of 27 national landscapes in Finland, and the castle is one of the best known Åland sights. Erected at the end of the 1300s, it was originally a defensive fortress. During its glory days in the 1500s, the fortress was developed into a castle. Gustav I of Sweden took personal interest in the castle and resided there for several months during the hunting season.  Following a large fire in 1745, the castle was left to fall into ruins for 120 years. A comprehensive restoration was performed 1982-2001 and the castle is today open to visitors, classified as a well-preserved ancient ruin.

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