The Archipelago Trail is the perfect way to explore the idyllic Finnish Archipelago and coastline. Travel by car, bus, bike, motorbike or walk – the choice is yours!
Get the most out of your visit to the Finnish Archipelago - Explore The Archipelago Trail!
Shiny yellow car ferries and smaller blue and white passenger ferries, fantastic views from bridges and causeways, cute red wooden buildings, marinas brimming with sailing boats, these are all memories you will take home from The Archipelago Trail. The sea is never far away in one of the world’s most beautiful archipelagos.
You will visit most of the major islands in the archipelago. Each island has its own special charm. The route meanders through historic villages where you can find plenty of things to do during the summer.
There are many hotels, guesthouses, and restaurants that are open throughout the year so you can easily plan a visit outside of the main summer season. The ferry between Houtskär and Iniö only operates from mid-May to the end of August; the other ferries operate the year around.
Length 230 - 250km
Recommended time: 3-5 days
Fully open: Normally mid-May until end of August. Please check the tab “CURRENT INFORMATION” for updated information.
Take a detour away from the main route to explore smaller villages and lesser-visited islands. The outer archipelago with islands such as Utö and Jurmo is something unique and easily accessible for those who have an extra day to spend.
The number one rule is: wear a helmet!
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The trail has attracted cyclists, bikers and motorists for over 20 years. Island hopping is the route’s specialty.
Cycling is great in the Archipelago May through to the end of September but the whole trail is only open for a round trip between mid-May and the end of August. Out of the main season, you can make a return journey by bus, continue to The Åland Islands or use the pick-up, drop-off bike hire service.
The Small Archipelago Trail is perfect if you are short on time but want to experience the most of the archipelago.
There are many charming small islands to visit near the trail such as the Island of Seili and its grim past. Find more tips and information on www.visitpargas.fi
The Archipelago Trail starts in the centre of Turku in the southwest coast of Finland and can be cycled clockwise or counter-clockwise.
Turku is easily reached from Helsinki, Tampere and the rest of Finland by both bus and train. There are even direct busses from Helsinki airport. Turku (TKU) has an international airport with direct flights and onward connections to a wide variety of destinations.
A good bus service operates between Turku and Pargas, Nagu, Korpo and Houtskär, busses 810 and 901 - 904 http://tlo.fi/reitit-ja-aikataulut/saaristobussi/
There are direct tourist boats from Turku via Seili to Nagu during the main season.
There is plenty of free parking in the villages and towns along the route.
The first thing you need is a bike. For paved roads, a regular road bike will do. If you plan to travel along unpaved paths, a mountain bike is recommended. The second crucial item is a helmet. Before hitting the road, check that brakes, lamps, and gear of your bike function normally. Depending on the length of your bike tour, you may also need:
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