Turku and the Archipelago Cycling Holidays
Start: Helsinki

Your Itinerary

Turku and the Aland Archipelago Trail Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
9 days | 8 nights | £1109 per person including bike hire
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This holiday does not include luggage transfers. You will receive panniers to transport your luggage.

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Cycle Tour Highlights
• Start in Turku – the 2011 European Capital of Culture
• Experience the Finnish sauna lifestyle
• Combine cycling with small ferry rides

Cycle Route Profile
Most of the roads surfaces are paved. The profile varies from fairly flat to rolling hills but altogether rather easy. Easy/Moderate, some cycling experience is required

The approximate difficulty level for this tour

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Day-by-Day Cycling Holiday Itinerary

Day 1: Train Helsinki (Pasila station) -> Turku; Cycling Turku -> Merimasku (approx. 30 km)

We kindly ask you to arrive at our office at 8:00 in the morning, so we can prepare your e-bikes and brief you about the equipment. When everything is ready, we will cycle with you to Pasila railway station about 2 km south. Get on the 09:43 train and enjoy the ride for 1,5 hours to Turku central railway station.

Have lunch in Turku. Then cycle towards Naantali (15 km) which is a pretty seaside town and the “summer capital” of Finland. Even the president spends his summer here. Cross over a bridge to the first island, Luonnonmaa. There might a couple of smoked fish and berry vendors along the road.

Day 2: Merimasku -> Korppoo (approx. 50 km)

No hurry this morning, take it easy. You will cycle 26 km to reach the boat to Nauvo island at 13:50. Leave at least 30 min extra time, as there’s a small ferry on the way which runs every 20-30 minutes. Soon after Rymättylä town center you will reach Röölä port (15 km), once a thriving herring fishing community. Fishing is now very small scale, but there’s something else: A unique wine house called Brinkhalls makes sparkling wines with French methods from local apples.

There’s a shop in the factory. Open Wed-Sun. Cycle 5 km onwards to small ferry, then another 5 km to Hanka port (26 km) where you will board the boat to Nauvo at 13:50. Nauvo harbour is a lively place and worth a leisurely walk. Good restaurants for lunch/dinner. Continue west along quiet gravel roads. Visit Tackork berry farm (38 km), specialized in handmade gourmet berry products. Then take a ferry (continuous) to Korppoo island. In the evening, try the Likholm beach for a swim, 2 km west of town center.

Day 3: Korppoo -> Kökar (cycling around Kökar, 10-30 km)

The ferry to Kökar island leaves from Galtby harbor (4 km) in Korppoo, at 9:45 in the morning. If any doubt, ask to make sure you board the right ferry. Once onboard, enjoy the trip and great sea views. Kökar is a beautiful island and it’s such a pleasure to explore it by e-bike. Kökar, as all the islands westward, belongs to the autonomous and de-militarized region of Åland. Official language is Swedish.

The island has seen travellers come and go since the bronze age. Buy some famous black bread from the bakery. Also kayak rental is possible. Hamnö with its old church is a beautiful and peaceful place. Good swimming from the rocky shore. Peders Aplagård is a picturesque farm selling local produce, coffee, lunch, etc. If you want good views over Baltic Sea, cycle to Havspaviljongen restaurant (last orders 21:00) Bruddhäll restaurant also serves dinner, last orders 22:00.

Day 4: Kökar -> Maarianhamina (approx. 45 km)

The ferry to Föglö (Överö) island leaves from Harparnäs port (3 km) at 12:00. Tell the personnel you will disembark at Överö. The island of Föglö is actually many smaller islands connected by bridges. You will ride south to Degerby village (20 km), which has a pub, restaurant and grocery store. Harbor is usually full of yachts. 1,5 km to south is a nice beach for swimming.

After snacks or lunch, you can hop on the ferry to Åland Island (destination Svinö), which leaves from Degerby port. It’s a short ride. On the other side it’s farmlands and forests. After 25 kms of cycling on red roads (the tarmac contains local red granite rock), you arrive in Mariehamn. The town is full of life in the summertime. Visit the cafes and yachting harbours. It’s also nice to cycle around the quiet and pretty wooden neighbourhoods. In the evening, Rockoff Festival starts. Check out Anastacia!

Day 5: Maarianhamina -> Kumlinge (approx. 50 km plus cycling in Kumlinge)

The road takes you now eastward to the ferry to Kumlinge island (Torsholm port), which leaves from Vårdö’s Hummelvik (47 km) at 17:15. On the way, be sure to stop in Smakby (26 km). It’s a great combination of handicraft shops, a quality restaurant and a distillery, which makes a selection of spirits from local apples.

Close by is also a medieval castle Kastelholm (25 km) with an interesting history. Further down the road is Bomarsund (35 km), the ruins of a huge Russian military fortress, destroyed in the Crimean war. Once in Kumlinge, cycle straight to Hasslebo Guesthouse for dinner. If you still have energy, you can cycle to Restaurant Kasstören for drinks (6 km) or leave cycling for next day. Kumlinge is extremely pictoresque and offers quiet roads. The main thing to do here is relax and get close to nature.

Day 6: Kumlinge -> Brändö (Torsholma) (approx. 17 km plus cycling in Brändö)

Ferry to Brändö island (Torsholma port) leaves from the most northern point of Kumlinge (5 km) at 11:50. Same port as previous evening. So, if you want, you can cycle around and maybe visit the ancient church, which houses religious artefacts from 13th and 14th centuries.

Brändö community consists of 1200 islands and a lot of water. The biggest islands are nowadays connected by bridges to form a unique string. Cycling from south to north is quite an experience, it will take your breath away. There’s a nice swimming place by one of the bridges (13 km). Brändö main island offers a grocery store and limited other services.

Day 7: Brändö -> Kustavi (Vuosnainen port) (approx. 30 km)

Ferry to Kustavi island (Vuosnainen port) leaves from the northern tip of the Brändö island road (10 km, “Åva”) at 12:40. These islands are bigger and closer to mainland and you can see how the nature is lusher compared to the arid outer islands. When you land at Vuosnainen port, head straight to Meriasema for lunch.

The “Archipelago Buffet” is famous, you can taste various delicacies. Continue and you’ll see many picturesque old farms along the road. Maybe stop at the Archipelago Museum (14 km). Or cycle a bit onwards and taste delicious cinnamon rolls at Vartsalan Vanha Koulu café (15 km). In Kustavi center you’ll find more services. In the Handicrafts Village (29 km) you can walk around and see craftsmen at work. Finish the day at Peterzens Boathouse (30 km), which is a busy sailing harbour.

Day 8: Kustavi -> Velkuanmaa (approx. 30 km)

Enjoy a relaxed breakfast. Ferry to Teersalo leaves from Hakkenpää (27 km) at 16:00. On the way you can stop in Taivassalo Museum (22 km), a renovated mansion from 18th century. It tells the story of the local community, where seafaring and fishing always set the pace of life.

While waiting for your ferry, you can enjoy some drinks and food in Sahan Saluuna bar (27 km). From Teersalo, you will take a quick ferry to Velkua island at 17:00 or 17:30, they run at 30 min intervals. Cycle for 2 km and board another ferry to Velkuanmaa. Cycle 2 km and arrive at Hotel Vaihela (32 km).

Day 9: Velkuanmaa -> Turku (approx. 50 km); Train Turku -> Helsinki (Pasila station)

In the morning, you will use the same ferries as previous evening to get back to Teersalo. Later in the day you’ll cycle through bigger islands of Merimasku and Luonnonmaa. Restaurant Rantamakasiini is a great place for lunch. You can ride straight to Turku or enjoy some summer vibes in Naantali.

Once in Turku, if you have time, cycle straight to river Aura, which flows through the city. It’s only 1 km from train station. Excellent eating and drinking here. On a sunny day, the river boats are packed with people having a good time. Take the 17:18 train back to Helsinki (Pasila station) and return the e-bikes.

Map & Route Information

Route Profile
Most of the roads surfaces are paved. The profile varies from fairly flat to rolling hills but altogether rather easy. Easy/Moderate, some cycling experience is required

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Tour Information

Holiday Information...

The Turku and the Aland Archipelago Trail tour stays in middle tier hotels and good guesthouses carefully chosen for their location, hospitality and proximity to your tour route.

You will use 2 × 20 litre panniers to transport your luggage. These are large enough to fit all of your belongings in for the duration of the tour.

Included Services

- Electric mountain bike, GPS, bike bags, other bike equipment
– Pre-planned routes
– Ferry instructions and timetables
– Points of Interest
– Train tickets
– Accommodations: Bed & Breakfast style
– 24/7 phone support

Not Included

- Insurances
– Meals or drinks (Breakfast is included)
– Tickets to museums, cruises or such
– Ferry ticket (About 6 eur for whole tour)
– Flight tickets
– Baggage transfers

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About the bikes...

Our bikes are from Focus, made in Germany. Model Jarifa Plus Pro. The tires are a bit wider than usual (2.6 inch) so gravel roads will feel smoother.

Engine and battery are from Bosch. Charge time is about 4 hours. You can remove the battery for charging. Range is 50-100 km. It even has a walk assist if you have to push the bike uphill.

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Your Prices

Turku and the Aland Archipelago Trail, 9 days, 8 nights
Prices are per person and include bike hire. Luggage transfers are not included.

2019 Cycling Holiday Prices:

Prices are based on seasonal date bands
Season 1: 01.06. – 25.08.2019
Arrival: Daily

Category A: Prices per person including bike hire
Season 1: £1109 | Book online here >>
Single Room Supplement: £249
Electric Bike Upgrade: Included

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Hotel Category Descriptions
Category: Guesthouses and B&Bs

Any local tourist taxes are not included in the holiday price and are payable at the hotel.

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Holiday Price: £1109
Single Supplement: From £249

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