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Biking in the Finnish Archipelago

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  • Duration: 6 Nights
  • Difficulty: Level 2
  • Tour Type: Self Guided
  • Availability: Sundays from 20th June to 22nd August
  • Location: Turku
Tour Details

Welcome to Hooked on Cycling and our self-guided cycling holiday taking you on a lovely roundtrip in the beautiful Finnish Archipelago. This tour will allow you to island hopping by bike and enjoy stunning scenery with breath-taking wild nature. Once in Finland you must of course try and relax in a real Finnish sauna or in a spa.

Shaped by the ice age, the beautiful Finnish Archipelago consists of thousands of islands and islets. During this trip, you shall visit some of the Turku Archipelago islands with its idyllic villages and peaceful nature.  Our cycle tour starts from Finland’s oldest town, Turku. This beautiful and lively town by the Aurajoki River offers many attractions such as is history, culture and architecture. You will also visit the small town of Naantali with lovely wooden houses and the beautiful Island of Ruissalo with nature reserves. Don’t forget to taste the delicious Finnish cinnamon buns and other delicacies!

Starting Location

Turku

Price Includes

  • 6 nights bed breakfast
  • 3/4 star hotels, or Inns
  • Luggage transfers
  • Maps & Routes
  • Ferry tickets
  • GPS Files on request

Price Excludes

  • Transport before and after tour
  • Flights
  • Hybrid Rental Bike
  • E-Bike Rental Bike
  • Travel Insurance
  • Waterbus tickets (optional day 5 and 6, 3€ per adult)
Trip Info

Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Hooked on Cycling that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the chosen activity and for emergency evacuation and hospital care.

Itinerary

Day 1Turku

Arrival to Turku. Turku is the oldest city and the former capital of Finland. Some of the main attractions are the Cathedral, Turku Castle, Aurajoki riverside, Forum Marinum maritime centre and its ship museum. In the summer the city holds many events and festivals with themes like middle age, music, theatre, art, design and much more. The river is the heart and soul of the city where you can walk along the Aurajoki River and admire the old ships. There are many nice cafés and restaurants in the centre and by the riverside.

Day 2Turku to Naantali  23 miles 37 km.

Today you cycle in the lovely and calm Finnish countryside. In the summer you can take a swim in the small lakes along the way in Rusko and Masku. Then you arrive to Naantali by the Archipelago Sea. Naantali is one of the oldest towns in Finland and was founded around the medieval Brigittine convent of which the church still dominates its skyline. Known as the Sunshine Town, Naantali attracts local and foreign visitors from around the world with the ever-popular children’s favourite Moomin World theme park. The official summer residence of the President of Finland, Kultaranta estate, is also located in Naantali.

Day 3Naantali to Velkuanmaa Island 22 miles 34 km (including 2 ferries)

Once you leave the town of Naantali, you cycle through countryside and cross bridges with characteristic archipelago seascapes. The route follows partly the historic Great Mail Route that once passed from Turku to Stockholm. Then you make your first ferry trips and cycle across two small islands. After today’s cycle tour you can relax your mind and muscles in a Finnish sauna.

Day 4Velkuanmaa Island to Nauvo 32 miles 51 km (incl. 4 ferries)

Today you cycle in the beautiful Turku Archipelago again. You pedal along the Archipelago Ring Road and hop with ferries from island to island. Finally, you arrive at a lively and idyllic archipelago village of Nauvo.

Day 5Nauvo – Ruissalo Island (Turku) 30 miles, 49 km (incl. 1 ferry)

Today you take a ferry in the afternoon from Nauvo to Turku. Before that, you can visit the nearby ancient stone labyrinth and cycle a wonderful round trip in Nauvo Islands exploring the archipelago. A beautiful sea trip through the Turku Archipelago will bring you back to Finland’s oldest town, Turku. Then you head from Turku city centre to Ruissalo Island, located in the south-west of the city, by the Archipelago Seashore. You can reach the island by cycling or by waterbus (at own cost) with your cycle on board. Ruissalo Island has lovely nature reserves and one of the largest old oak forests in Finland. The Botanical garden of the University of Turku is situated in the middle of the island. The charming 19th-century villas on the island are considered as culturally and historically valuable. You can take a swim in the sea and a real Finnish sauna experience is available year-round! From Ruissalo you can also go paddling in the Archipelago Sea.

Day 6 to Hirvensalo and Kakskerta Islands (overnight in Ruissalo Island, Turku)  18-46 miles, 29-75 km.

Today you cycle in the nearby Turku Archipelago connected to the mainland by bridges. Your first destination is Hirvensalo Island where the famous Finnish sculptor Wäinö Aaltonen also lived.

In Hirvensalo you can visit St. Henry’s Ecumenical Art Chapel which is a pilgrimage site for lovers of architecture. This mystical landscape sculpture was completed on the fringe of the archipelago nature in 2005.

Kakskerta is also an island in the Archipelago Sea in the district of Turku. Like other islands in the Turku Archipelago, it has a large number of summer residences. There is a lake in the middle of the island. In the summer you can take a bath in the lake or in the sea. In Kakskerta you can visit the old stone church and the Brinkhall Manor famous as a filming location for a historical TV-drama.

Day 7Departure

Departure or extension of your holiday. We recommend you to have an extra day in Turku for more sightseeing or for a lovely walking day tour in the nearby Kurjenrahka National Park, boat trip in the archipelago or any other activity of your choice with a good time.

Note: Tours starting on 5th July will start in Naantali and day shall be a loop ride

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How to get there

Flight to Helsinki, then bus (long-distance bus connection) from Helsinki airport to Turku (approx. 2,5 hours).

You can choose to arrive in Turku from Helsinki also by train. In that case, you need to take a train or a bus from the airport to the centre of Helsinki, where the main railway station is located, and then take a train to Turku.

There is also an airport also in Turku, but there are only a few companies that fly to Turku.  Ryan Air flies from London Stansted to Tampere. From Tampere, there’s a bus and a train connection to Turku.

One possibility is to fly to Stockholm (Sweden) and take a cruise ship (Viking Line or Silja Line) from Stockholm to Turku.

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