Cycling in the Finnish Archipelago

Self-guided tour │ Southwest / Turku region, Finland │ 7 days / 6 nights

  • Finnish Archipelago © Veranatura

A roundtrip in the beautiful Finnish Archipelago. This tour is an enjoyable mix of cycling, island hopping and enjoying the scenery and nature. After cycling you can relax your muscles 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!

Tour type

Cycling tour, self-guided

Duration

7 days / 6 nights

Difficulty level

●●○○ Moderate

The tour is most suitable for adults and youngsters. The tour is most probably not suitable for children under age of 12 years.

Please advise your customers to get conscious of the characteristics of the tour, especially when booking the tour for families with children.

Terrain

Terrain is gently undulating, there are some steep but short up and down hills.

Route

On cycle paths and secondary roads. Daily distances from 12 km to 51 km

Dates 2021

Bookings are on request, according to the availability

Starting day: Sunday
Starting dates every Sunday 20.6. – 22.8.2021 (last starting day 22.8.2021)

Note! Tours that include dates during the Ruisrock festival in Turku may be shorter or have special arrangements. The Ruisrock festival is probably around 8.7. – 11.7.2021 (the dates will be specified later).

Route type

Circular route. Luggage will be transported from accommodation to accommodation.

Minimum of participants

2 persons (1 person on request)

Available extra services

Extra nights in Turku and Helsinki

Tour organizer

Veranatura

Included in the tour price

  • • Accommodation
  • • Breakfast
  • • Welcome meeting / route briefing
  • • Use of Veranatura’s recyclable / reusable route description-map booklet (one per each party, in English / German / French / Italian)
  • • On request: GPS-codes to be used with mobile application or gps-device
  • • Destination information
  • • Luggage transfer from accommodation to another (when the accommodation changes)
  • • Service-hotline (English)
  • • Ferry trips according to the programme
  • • Use of the spa in Naantali and Ruissalo (days 2, 5, 6)

Not included in the tour price

  • • Outward and return journey
  • • Use of Veranatura bicycle (see Bicycles tab)
  • • Lunch and dinner
  • • Waterbus tickets (optional, day 5 and 6, price 3 € / adults)
  • • Entrances to the museums / attractions
  • • Sauna in Velkuanmaa Island (day 3)
  • • Everything not specified on Included in the price

Accommodation

Middle class hotels and spa hotels

Note! The rooms are standard double rooms that have two beds put together or put separately (twin). In case your customer wants a room with a uniform bed for two we must do an upgrade (to a superior room). Note that a uniform bed is not available in all the hotels.

How to arrive to Turku

Airports: Turku, Tampere, Helsinki
Nearest airport: Turku
Most flights: Helsinki

From Helsinki (or Tampere) bus or train to Turku
Optionally flight to Stockholm and ship from Stockholm to Turku

( Click map to enlarge )

Day 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.

Day 2
Through countryside to Naantali

36 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 3
Naantali – Velkuanmaa Island

35 km (incl. 2 x ferry)

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 through two small islands. After your cycling you can relax your mind and muscles in a Finnish sauna.

Day 4
Velkuanmaa Island – Nauvo

51 km (incl. 4 x ferry)

Today your cycling in the beautiful Turku Archipelago continues. You pedal along the Archipelago Ring Road and hop with ferries from island to another. Finally you arrive to a lively and idyllic archipelago village Nauvo.

Day 5
Cycling in Nauvo Islands + Nauvo – Ruissalo Island (Turku)

33 km – 37 km + 12 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 a wonderful archipelago round tour in Nauvo Islands. A beautiful sea trip 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 lounging on the beach
  • • visiting sights of Nauvo

Day 6
To Hirvensalo and Kakskerta Islands (overnight in Ruissalo Island, Turku)

29 – 75 km

Today you cycle in the nearby Turku Archipelago connected to the mainland by bridges. In the summer, there’s also a waterbus connection between Ruissalo and Hirvensalo Islands.

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 7
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.

Note!

Tours that include dates during the Ruisrock festival in Turku may be shorter or have special arrangements.
The Ruisrock festival is probably around 8.7. – 11.7.2021 (the dates will be specified later).

Route and location map

Tour operators and travel agencies: please contact us for prices.
No direct sales to consumer customers.

Veranatura bicycles

Included with the Veranatura bicycle:

  • 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

We recommend to take own personal helmet with. Veranatura doesn’t provide helmet rentals.
Helmets can be borrowed from Veranatura with a notice fair in advance (possibly by the time of booking). Note that there are a limited number of helmets to borrow.

The bicycles are available from the welcome meeting / route briefing (Monday morning) to 6th day’s (Friday) evening 6 pm.
Extra days of bike use on request.

Trekking bicycle 21-24-speed

Women's model, free wheel, hand brakes

Veranatura bike, women's model

Trekking bicycle 21-24-speed

Men's model, free wheel, hand brakes

Veranatura bike, men's model

Electric bicycle

7-speed, low frame, freewheel, handbrakes

Veranatura e-bike