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Self-guided Cycle Tour in the Finnish Archipelago

Self-guided Cycle Tour in the Finnish Archipelago

A roundtrip by bicycle in the beautiful Finnish Archipelago. This cycle tour is an enjoyable mix of cycling, island hopping and enjoying the scenery and nature. After cycling you can 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.You will visit some of the Turku Archipelago islands with peaceful nature and idyllic villages.The tour starts from Finland’s oldest town, Turku.This beautiful and lively town by the Aurajoki River offers many attractions such as architecture, history, culture and sights.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!

A ready-made, serviced bike tour  makes your life easy. You do not have to spend time in finding out ferry timetables, right or suitable route or take care of finding accommodation - everything has been taken care for you. Your luggage is transported from hotel to hotel. There is a contact person with a service car picking you up, if needed. 

This cycle route suits for people, who have good physical condition and experience in exercising. Terrain is gently undulating, there are some steep but short ups and downs. The route runs mostly on secondary roads and cycle paths. There are several ferry trips. Daily distances from 23 km to 53 km. There is a service car and also a telephone service even at the weekends. 

The cycle route uses many kinds of roads from main roads and side roads but mainly you will cycle on roads with low traffic. We recommend this cycle tour for adults or families with children older than 12 years unless children will travel as bike passengers. The days are however relatively long.

 

SELF-GUIDED CYCLE TOUR IN THE FINNISH ARCHIPELAGO

Accommodation: 4 nights instandard twin hotel rooms, 3-star hotels or spa hotels. Single supplement 326€, 3rd person in room -164€.

  • 1 night Sandic Atrium, Turku
  • 1 night Naantali Spa  (spa entrance included)
  • 1 night Hotel Strandbo, Nauvo
  • 1 night Ruissalo Spa hotel (spa entrance included)

Meals: breakfast, all the other meals each participant pays him/herself

Guidance: self-guided tour with route description, map and information about each destination in English, German, French, Italian or Finnish,  luggage transfer and telephone support (also on weekends).

Bicycle rental: trekking bike included, e-bike +125€

  • Trekking bicycle 21-24-speed, men's or women's model, free wheel, hand brakes
  • e-bike 7-speed, low frame, freewheel, hand brake

Bucycle rental also includes: 

  • Per each party: 1 x map holder, 1 x repair kit and 1 x pump
  • Per each person: 1 x waterproof pannier, 1 x bottle holder, 1 x odometer and 1 x spare inner tube
  • Note! Rental does not include a helmet but there are a few to be borrowed. it is recommended to take own personal helmet with.

Transportation: luggage transfer, when necessary also the bicyclist and her/his bicycle can be picked up with a service vehicle along the route, ferry tickets 

Itinerary 5 days / 4 nights - Start day 20.5.-10.6. Wednesday and 15.6.-24.8. Monday,
Wed / Mon  1 Turku
Independent arrival in 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 museum ship fleet, Luostarinmäki Handicrafts Museum and Turku Art 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. Walk along the Aurajoki River and admire the old ships.There are many nice cafés and restaurants in the centre and by the riverside.

Thu / Tue 2 Through countryside to Naantali | 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.

Fri / Wed  3  Naantali – Nauvo 34 km (incl. 2 x ferry)
Once you leave the town, you cycle through countryside and cross bridges with characteristic archipelago seascapes.The route follows the Archipelago Ring Road. Then it’s time for two ferry trips to arrive to a small but lively archipelago village Nauvo.

Sat / Thu 4  Nauvo – Ruissalo Island (Turku) 12 km - 64 km (incl. 1 x 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 to the neighbouring village, Korppoo. A beautiful seatrip through the Turku Archipelago will bring you back to Finland’s oldest town, Turku. Then you head from Turku city center to Ruissalo Island, located in the south-west of the city, by the Archipelago Sea shore. You can reach the island by cycling or by waterbus (at own cost) with your bicycle on board. Ruissalo Island has lovely nature reserves and one of the largest old oak forests in Finland. The Botanical garden of 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.
Optional activities in Nauvo before the ferry trip:
- canoeing
- swimming and lying at the beach
- visiting sights of Nauvo
- cycling to Korppoo

Sun / Fri 5  Departure
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 good time.

LOCATION: 

Start: Turku, return: Turku

Flight: Helsinki or Turku 

Bus: departures every hour from the Helsinki airport

Category Tours
Location Sea
Price 659€/person in double room, 985€ in single room+ 70€/bicycle
Prices for children not recommended for children under 12 yrs
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Timing start dates 20.5.-24.8.2020
Duration 4 days
Meals Breakfast
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