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Cycling Eastern Uusimaa Coast from Helsinki to Loviisa

Long Distance Cycling
  • Finland is rich with forests
    / Finland is rich with forests
    Photo: Panu Kosonen, Outdoors Finland
  • You find potholes - wonders of nature, in Askola
    / You find potholes - wonders of nature, in Askola
    Photo: Panu Kosonen, Outdoors Finland
  • Artistic stones in the forest
    / Artistic stones in the forest
    Photo: Panu Kosonen, Outdoors Finland
  • The amazing nature makes its own paintings
    / The amazing nature makes its own paintings
    Photo: Marjaana Salomaa, Outdoors Finland
  • Meet the wilderness, it is very relaxing
    / Meet the wilderness, it is very relaxing
    Photo: Panu Kosonen, Outdoors Finland
  • In Porvoo town you are close to the sea
    / In Porvoo town you are close to the sea
    Photo: Soili Reinikainen, Outdoors Finland
  • The Bastions of Loviisa are build in the 18th century
    / The Bastions of Loviisa are build in the 18th century
    Photo: Soili Reinikainen, Outdoors Finland
  • Sense the sounds of history in Bastion Ungern
    / Sense the sounds of history in Bastion Ungern
    Photo: Panu Kosonen, Outdoors Finland
  • Typical Finnish countryside and the beauty of corn fields
    / Typical Finnish countryside and the beauty of corn fields
    Photo: Panu Kosonen, Outdoors Finland
  • A lively village of Strömfors, an old iron works area
    / A lively village of Strömfors, an old iron works area
    Photo: Panu Kosonen, Outdoors Finland
  • Strömfors is surrounded with rich nature
    / Strömfors is surrounded with rich nature
    Photo: Panu Kosonen, Outdoors Finland
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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.

easy
209 km
14:10 h
153 m
156 m

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.

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Lauri Karlsson
Updated: 2018-01-12

Difficulty
easy
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Safety information

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.

Tips, hints and links

Visit Haikko, Old Porvoo,  Loviisa and old fortresses, Strömfors Iron Works Area, Potholes in Askola, Sipoonkorpi nature park.

More about accommodation, restaurants and sights:

Helsinki

Visit Sipoo

Visit Porvoo

Visit Loviisa

Stromfors Iron Works

The Potholes of Askola

 

Start

Helsinki Railway Station (13 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
60.170998 N 24.941540 E
UTM
35V 385789 6672235

Destination

Helsinki Railway Station

Turn-by-turn directions

from Helsinki to Söderkulla

from Söderkulla to Porvoo

from Porvoo to Loviisa  via Isnäs or Pernaja

from Loviisa via Ruotsinpyhtää to Lapinjärvi  

from Loviisa via Lapinjärvi to Porlammi  

from Porlammi to Askola  

from Askola to Sipoo

from Sipoo to Helsinki

Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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Difficulty
easy
Distance
209 km
Duration
14:10 h
Ascent
153 m
Descent
156 m
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  • 9 Stages

Long Distance Cycling Stage 1: Cycling Eastern Uusimaa Coast from Helsinki to Söderkulla

You see a lot of corn fields on your cycling tour
2017-11-08
Long Distance Cycling Long Distance Cycling • Finnish Archipelago
Stage 1
35.4 km
2:40 h
64 m
32 m
from Marjaana Salomaa,  Outdoors Finland

Long Distance Cycling Stage 2: Cycling Eastern Uusimaa Coast from Söderkulla to Porvoo

Porvoo Old Town is very attractive, worth spending a moment
2017-11-08
Long Distance Cycling Long Distance Cycling • Finnish Archipelago
Stage 2
30.8 km
2:23 h
104 m
119 m
from Marjaana Salomaa,  Outdoors Finland

Long Distance Cycling Stage 3: Cycling Eastern Uusimaa Coast from Porvoo via Isnäs to Loviisa

Mostly you cycle along peaceful rural roads
2017-11-08
Long Distance Cycling Long Distance Cycling • Finnish Archipelago
Stage 3
77.1 km
5:19 h
134 m
157 m
from Marjaana Salomaa,  Outdoors Finland

Long Distance Cycling Stage 4: Cycling Eastern Uusimaa Coast from Porvoo via Pernaja to Loviisa

Population is sparse, locals have a lot of free space around them
2017-11-08
Long Distance Cycling Long Distance Cycling • Finnish Archipelago
Stage 4
52.7 km
3:38 h
89 m
134 m
from Marjaana Salomaa,  Outdoors Finland

Long Distance Cycling Stage 5: Cycling Eastern Uusimaa Coast from Loviisa via Ruotsinpyhtää to Lapinjärvi

Old settlements in Ruotsinpyhtää
2017-11-08
Long Distance Cycling Long Distance Cycling • Finnish Archipelago
Stage 5
51.5 km
3:30 h
56 m
24 m
from Marjaana Salomaa,  Outdoors Finland

Long Distance Cycling Stage 6: Cycling Eastern Uusimaa Coast from Loviisa via Lapinjärvi to Porlammi

A nice break
2017-11-08
Long Distance Cycling Long Distance Cycling • Finnish Archipelago
Stage 6
36.1 km
2:31 h
141 m
77 m
from Marjaana Salomaa,  Outdoors Finland

Long Distance Cycling Stage 7: Cycling Eastern Uusimaa Coast from Porlammi to Askola

Just another uphill slope and then to the potholes
2017-11-08
Long Distance Cycling Long Distance Cycling • Finnish Archipelago
Stage 7
45.2 km
3:20 h
64 m
74 m
from Marjaana Salomaa,  Outdoors Finland

Long Distance Cycling Stage 8: Cycling Eastern Uusimaa Coast from Askola to Sipoo

You mostly cycle on main roads
2017-11-08
Long Distance Cycling Long Distance Cycling • Finnish Archipelago
Stage 8
32.9 km
2:13 h
35 m
49 m
from Marjaana Salomaa,  Outdoors Finland

Long Distance Cycling Stage 9: Cycling Eastern Uusimaa Coast from Sipoo to Helsinki

Sheep are friendly animal - say hello to them
2017-11-08
Long Distance Cycling Long Distance Cycling • Helsinki
Stage 9
47.9 km
3:49 h
126 m
156 m
from Marjaana Salomaa,  Outdoors Finland
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