Cycling in the Finnish Archipelago

Self-guided tour │ Southwest / Turku region, Finland │ 5 days / 4 nights │ from 659 €

  • 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 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

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.

Characteristics of the route

Terrain is gently undulating, there are some steep but short up and down hills. The route runs mostly on cycle paths and secondary roads. Daily distances from 34 km to 53 km.

Dates 2020

Available 20.5. – 9.9.2020 (last starting day 9.9.2020)

Starting days:
20.5. – 10.6.2020 (last starting day 10.6.2020): Wednesday
15.6. – 24.8.2019 (last starting day 24.8.2019): Monday
2.9. – 9.9.2020 (last starting day 9.9.2019): Wednesday

Route type

Circular route. Your luggage will be transported from accommodation to accommodation.

Minimum of participants

1 person

Available extra services

Extra nights in Turku and Helsinki

Tour organizer

Veranatura

Included in the tour price

  • • Accommodation
  • • Breakfast
  • • Pre-tour general information document by email (sent before tour start)
  • • 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
  • • Service-hotline
  • • Ferry trips according to the programme
  • • Use of the spa in Naantali Spa Hotel and Ruissalo Spa Hotel

Not included in the tour price

  • • Outward and return journey
  • • Use of Veranatura bicycle (see Bicycles tab)
  • • Booking fee (15 € / booking)
  • • Lunch and dinner
  • • Entrances to the museums / attractions
  • • Everything not specified

Accommodation

Middle class hotels and spa hotels

How to get there

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

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

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 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.

Day 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 19 th 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

Day 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.

Do you want to visit Stockholm too? Book a cruise ship trip through the beautiful Archipelago Sea from Turku to Stockholm.

Note!

The tour starting the 6.7.2020 starts (=Day 1) in Naantali (instead of Turku), because of the Ruisrock festival in Turku. The cycling itinerary for Day 2 is Naantali - Turku - Naantali, 56 km.

Route and location map

5 days / 4 nights

(Prices per person)

Basic price, accommodation in a double / twin room

659 €

Accommodation in a single room

985 €

3rd or 4th person in a double, three-bed or family room

495 €

Extra nights

(Prices per room)

Extra night in Turku
including breakfast

Double / twin room

142 €

Single room

122 €

Triple room

177 €

Family room / 4 bed room

207 €

On the big festival / happening days the Turku extra night prices may be higher


Extra night in Ruissalo Island (Turku, Ruissalo Spa Hotel)
including breakfast

Double / twin room

127 €

Single room

102 €

Triple room

167 €

Family room / 4 bed room

197 €

On the big festival / happening days the Turku extra night prices may be higher


Extra night in Helsinki city centre
☆☆☆☆ hotel, including breakfast

Double / twin room

162 €

Single room

149 €

Triple room

187 €

Family room / 4 bed room

212 €

Extra services

Cruise ship trip from Turku to Stockholm
with Viking Amorella, including cabin (on request), ask for an offer (the price depends on date and number of persons). Departure Turku 8:45 – Stockholm 18:55 (local times)

50 - 150 €

Service fees


Booking services

Travel package booking fee:
(Travel package may include e.g. self-guided cycling tour + bicycles + extra nights)

15 € / booking

Additional booking to a confirmed, valid booking:
(Additional booking can be e.g. an extra night or additional person / traveller)

15 € / additional booking

Delivery of the pre-tour general information document and other travel documents by email

included in the travel package price

Delivery of the pre-tour general information document and other travel documents by post in Finland
(Note that the pre-tour general information document is been sent outside of Finland solely by email.)

10 € / delivery


Modifications and cancellations

Modification to a booking or to a part of it (including name/traveller change):

35 € / modification

Cancellation terms according to Veranatura’s additional terms and special coditions
(www.veranatura.fi/en/terms-and-conditions.php Additional terms and special conditions -tab, art. 3. and 4.)


Service fees or any possible payment method fees will not be refunded. We apply The General Terms and conditions for package travel. In addition, due to the exceptional nature of the travel packages, we apply the additional terms and special conditions of Veranatura.

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.
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 to 4th day’s evening 6 pm. Extra days of bike use on request.
For starting days between 20.5. – 10.6.2020 and 2.9. – 9.9.2020 welcome meeting / route briefing is on Wednesday evening / Thursday morning and bike return is on Saturday evening.
For starting days between 15.6. – 24.8.2019 welcome meeting / route briefing is on Monday evening / Tuesday morning and bike return is on Thursday evening.

Trekking bicycle 21-24-speed

Women's model, free wheel, hand brakes

Price: 70 €

Veranatura bike, women's model

Trekking bicycle 21-24-speed

Men's model, free wheel, hand brakes

Price: 70 €

Veranatura bike, men's model

Electric bicycle

7-speed, low frame, freewheel, handbrakes

Price: 195 €

Veranatura e-bike

Extra day trekking bicycle

Price: 15 €

Extra day electric bicycle

Price: 45 €

Booking request form


Tour data

Cycling in the Finnish Archipelago

.GPX works in most gps-devices and .KML works in smartphone apps like Maps.me, which we recommend (it's free and off-line).





Number of rooms*

Note that we cannot quarantee availability of double bed in every accommodation

A triple room or a double room with extra bed, depending on the accomodation






Extra services
Person responsible for booking

The invoices and the travel information package will be sent to the person responsible for the booking. All reports and changes after the booking must be communicated to us via the person responsible for the booking.




Once you have sent us this booking request we will check the availability of the requested tour. This takes normally 1 – 2 working days. If the requested tour is available, we will send you a booking confirmation. In case the tour is not available, we will contact you and we can look for other options together.