Cycling in the Finnish Archipelago

Self-guided tour │ Southwest / Turku region, Finland │ 7 days / 6 nights │ from 829 €

  • 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 14.6. – 23.8.2020 (last starting day 23.8.2020)
Starting day: Sunday

Note! The tour starting the 28.6.2020 is one day shorter, because of the Ruisrock festival in Turku (see Itinerary) and has a discount of 50 €.

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


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
  • • Sauna in Archipelago Hotel Vaihela
  • • Everything not specified


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

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 – Velkuanmaa Island

34 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
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 6
To Hirvensalo and Kakskerta Islands

53 km (or 25 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. Overnight in Ruissalo Island.

Day 7

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.


The tour starting the 28.6.2020 is one day shorter, because of the Ruisrock festival in Turku (without Day 6) and has a discount of 50 €.

The tour starting the 5.7.2020 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

7 days / 6 nights

(Prices per person)

Basic price, accommodation in a double / twin room

829 €

Accommodation in a single room

1259 €

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

619 €

Discount starting date 28.6.2020 (one day less) from the basic rate

50 €

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
( 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 (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

Price: 95 €

Veranatura bike, women's model

Trekking bicycle 21-24-speed

Men's model, free wheel, hand brakes

Price: 95 €

Veranatura bike, men's model

Electric bicycle

7-speed, low frame, freewheel, handbrakes

Price: 225 €

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, 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.