This captivating cycling route full of history reveals you the lively urban Metropolitan area, the seaside landscapes and nature as well as peaceful countryside. There are charming castles, iron works areas, manors and museum roads along the route. You cycle along the Western Coast of Finland on your way from Helsinki to Ekenäs. The cycling route follows historical King’s Road. From Ekenäs you cycle to visit the southernmost point of Finland, Hanko. Turning back you cycle through beautiful and peaceful southern Finnish countryside.
This captivating cycling route starts from Helsinki. After cycling along sea front of Espoo your first stop is in Kirkkonummi. From Kirkkonummi you have a great opportunity to visit Porkkala seafront and enjoy beautiful nature and archipelago. Take the opportunity to swim in natural waters either in sea or small lakes along the cycling route. On your way to Ingå you cycle both eastern and western King’s Road and visit the historical bridge combining them. After visiting Ingå by the sea you cycle along King’s Road to Fagervik and then ruins of Raseborg Castle and enjoy the beautifull countryside with fields and forests. On your way to Ekenäs you see where the local food is produced. You can also visit facinating archipelago on your way. Ekenäs is worth visiting with its historical town center, cafes and restaurants offering best local and organic dishes. Nearby is large nature preservation area showing you the best of Finnish nature in archipelago. Enjoy the light summer nights in beautifull nature. If you would like to visit Finlands’ southernmost town, make your way to Hanko. The cycling route takes you along the southern side of Cape Hankoniemi the way to other end of Hankoniemi. The cycling route takes you through the amazing bird watching areas, silent, thick pine woods while strong sea is hitting the great rocks at the sea shore. Hanko is beautiful summer city with its charming wooden villas and has been holiday resort for Finnish people for long time.
Turning back towards Helsinki, cycling route follows the chain of old iron work villages. The roads hug the coast and an idyllic pastoral landscape opens up. Mustionjoki and Fiskarsinjoki rivers run into the Pohjanpitäjä Bay which is a shallow fjord-like bay and quite unique in nature. Bay was important for trade already in times of King’s Road. Area is one of the birth sites of the Finnish metal industry. You cycle to Fiskars and Billnäs villages and town of Karis. Some of the buildings in the village are from the 1700s. The area shows cultural heritage landscapes of Southern Finland. Svartå Manor is the biggest non-ecclesiastical wooden building in Finland. It was completed in the late 1700s and is still one of the country’s most highly valued manor houses. Cycling route continues to Siuntio known as manor parish and back to Kirkkonummi and then crosses the northern Espoo and Vantaa cities following old King’s Road to east.
The terrain is relatively hilly, but day trips are moderate making the route suitable also for beginners. The stages are rather short. Roads are in good condition but narrow. 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. You can take train back to Helsinki from Hanko and Karis. From Ekenäs, Ingå and Kirkkonummi there is a buss connetion to Helsinki. Taking bicycle to bus or train is always based on availability and there is an extra charge for the bicycle.
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To start the route
Route can be started from Helsinki or alternatively from the other towns along the route. There is a regular train connection from Helsinki to Kirkkonummi.