Experience the Turku archipelago by bike on this self-guided tour: Thousands of islands, picturesque harbour villages and true peace of the nature.
The Turku archipelago is one of Finland's most stunning natural phenomena – 20 000 islands stretching out into the sea from the city of Turku in the country's south-west. Cycling a circular route around the main islands is made easy, and exciting, by a system of local ferry services, constantly going back and forth acting like bridges. The cycling route starts and ends in Turku – the former capital of Finland, and a bustling, attractive market town. With easy train connections to Helsinki, the tour can easily be combined with the Finnish capital.
Our route is a combination of the best of everyting in the area. You get to stay in the most beautiful natural surroundings with dinner cooked by your hosts, but you also get to experience picturesque harbour villages with a choice of excellent local restaurants, and to stay in the heart of Turku.
We use the best available accommodation, from atmospheric converted barns to high quality spa hotels. All accommodations have private bathrooms, except the first overnight which is quite unique - individual locally-thatched cabins located in a small harbour complex. These cabins have private WC and sink - showers are taken in the adjoining sauna complex, which is an ideal way to unwind after a long day's ride.
This is a self-guided cycling tour. Each guest will receive full route details, plus ferry timings, but there is no guide included. On most departures there will be other guests cycling the same route.
Due to a small chance ferry timetables may change we reserve the right to amend the dates and/or tour route and accommodations.
6 nights accommodation with breakfast
1 x 3 course dinner
24-speed hybrid bicycle with panniers, repair kit, pump, helmet
All necessary island ferry fees
Cycling road map (1 for up to 2 persons)
Detailed route notes: in paper and electronic .GPX format
24 hour emergency phone service
Luggage transport between hotels (max 1 piece per person. 45 EUR per person per piece extra luggage)
Note: Reduction for using own bicycle: 100 EUR
DAY 1: ARRIVAL TO TURKU Personal arrival to Turku, a bustling summer city on the south-west coast of Finland. There is a medieval castle and cathedral, and a wide selection of bars, cafes, and restaurants. Overnight in Turku centre, bed and breakfast
DAY 2: TURKU TO KUSTAVI (68 km) Collect your bicycles and ride north-west and out into the countryside. Soon the island-hopping begins with a relaxing 45 minute ferry journey. After an invigorating day's ride, relax in the sauna at your harbourside accommodation where you stay in thatched cabinsOvernight in Kustavi, breakfast & dinner in unique accommodation, locally-thatched individual mini-cottages with private WC and terrace. Dinner by the sea.
DAY 3: KUSTAVI-KORPPOO (34 km) Today is the main island-hopping day with 5 ferry journies, reaching the very heart of the archipelago. Cross the tiny island of Iniö before some of the region's most challenging cycling on Houtskär island. Enjoy a rest on the 30 minute ferry ride to the next island, Korppoo. Overnight on Korpoo island in converted barn, breakfast & dinner
DAY 4: KORPPOO (cycling according to own wishes) Free day to cycle at your leisure. There are various possible circular routes we suggest on Korppooisland or the neighbouring island of Nauvo. Whichever you choose, beautiful archipelago landscapes and harbour villages await. Ride to nearby local restaurant for dinner. Overnight on Korppoo island, bed & breakfast
DAY 5: KORPPOO - NAANTALI (57km) Cross over to Nauvo, the main archipelago island. Nauvo village has a bustling harbour.Take the ferry north back to the mainland and continue by bike via Rymättylä to Naantali, an idyllic seaside village with cobbled streets and old wooden houses around a bustling harbour. Overnight in Old Town, Naantali, with plenty of local restaurants to choose from for dinner
DAY 6: NAANTALI-TURKU 14 km Free time in Naantali, or in Turku according to your preference. Short ride back to Turku. Return your bicycles. Overnight in Turku centre , bed and breakfast
DAY 7: Personal departure from Turku
Electric Bikes are possible for a supplement On Request Basis
Extra nights in Turku
Train tickets between Helsinki and Turku
Accommodation in Helsinki
Other services such as airport transfers, ferry excursions to Tallinn, Stockholm and St Petersburg
Tour starts from Turku, which is easy to reach by regular train and bus connections from Helsinki or by its own airport.