This captivating cycling route full of history starts from Helsinki. You cycle anlong the Eastern Coast of Finland on your way from Helsinki to Loviisa. The cycling route follows historical King’s Road. From Loviisa you cycle to visit the old iron work area Strömfors. Turning back you cycle through beautifull southern finnish countryside full of history.
The cycling route shows you the eastern shoreline and the urban Metropolitan area as well as lush forests and fertile fields of Southern Finland. The journey leads you along the seashore from the vivid Market Square past harbors, opulent villas and manors. On the way you see busy roads and a suburban residential area before the surroundings become greener. Then the city is left behind and the scenery is filled with forests and fields and you can hear the birds singing. On your way you can visit little village of Östersundom, admire the historic farm atmosphere of Kulloo and visit Haikko for painter Albert Edelfelt Studio Museum. Then you cycle along the seaside to Porvoo. You can spend a day in Porvoo and enjoy the fascinating mixture of old and new. Red sheds along Porvoojoki River and cobbled streets of Old Town reveal that it is the second oldest medieval town in Finland. You can taste local and organic food in several Porvoo restaurants.
When leaving Porvoo, you have two route options to cycle to Loviisa; You can cycle to Ilola and visit idyllic Postimäki open air museum. You ride towards Gammelby in the middle of the Southern Finnish countryside that offers lovely views alternating between serene woods and farms. The other option is to cycle east towards Isnäs’ old sawmill milieu in hilly countryside and forest landscapes. Have a break and visit steam engine museum at the end of the road. You can cycle to visit Rönnäs archipelago museum and a beach for swimming.
The cyling route from Gammelby to Loviisa goes through some picturesque villages, Koskenkylä and Pernaja where Mikael Agricola, founder of the Finnish literary language, was born. Then you cycle to Loviisa along the King’s Road. This serene town was named after Queen Lovisa Ulrika of Sweden. Loviisa is a lively summer town with wooden neighborhood full of beautifully restored houses and gardens and popular visitor’s marina.
From Loviisa you cycle along Old King’s Road by two old bastions to idyllic Ruotsinpyhtää. There you visit old iron works village, see local handicrafts and taste local food in restaurants and cafés. The other option is to cycle straight to Lapinjärvi and enjoy beautiful countryside with golden fields surrounding the road.
Heading back towards Helsinki, you will cycle to Porlammi and you have a chance to see also one of the six Struve Geodetic Arc locations in Finland that has been listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then you cycle to Askola, where you find the impressive Kirnukallio Potholes by the road. You cycle between Porvoojoki and Mustijoki Rivers and soon reach Sipoo where the old King’s Road passes through town center. Cycling from Sipoo to Helsinki you can stop at Sipoonkorpi nature preserve and picturesque village of Sotunki before reaching the Helsinki city center again.
Route is suitable for beginners due to reasonable day trips and easy profile. There are no demanding ascents on the way. The stages are rather long. Roads are in good condition but narrow. Route can be started from Helsinki or alternatively from the other towns along the route. You should reserve our accommodation in advance, there are only few and rather small places available in countryside. The restaurants are usually in towns and villages and there are only few to choose from. Therefore you should always have fresh water and snacks with you. Taking bicycle to bus or train is always based on availability and there is an extra charge for the bicycle. You can take bus back to Helsinki from Loviisa and Porvoo. From Porvoo there is also a boat connetion to Helsinki.
Visit Haikko, Old Porvoo, Loviisa and old fortresses, Strömfors Iron Works Area, Potholes in Askola, Sipoonkorpi nature park.
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