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Archipelago Trail - 6. Iniö - Kustavi - Naantali - Turku

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
85.4 km
Duration
5:54h
Ascent
166 m
Descent
132 m
Loop Multi-stage route Scenic Refreshment stops available

Artisan shops, Manor houses, Moomins and Presidents. The last stage of The Archipelago Trail is diverse and full of surprises.
Stop at Naantali, a lovely wooden coastal town.

Length: 85km
Ferries: 2

Best cycled over a couple of days, leave Iniö and the archipelago on the ferry MS Aura and explore rural countryside before reaching the old wooden town of Naantali.

There are two routes, one with an extra ferry for light traffic and the northern route by roads. Check the Hakkenpää ferry timetable carefully as it only departs twice a day.

Stop at the many cultural sights near the trail such as Louhisaari Manor, the birthplace of Marshal Mannerheim. The President’s summer residence is at Kultaranta near Naantali.

Naantali has a charming wooden town and lovely harbour with good restaurants and busy cafes. But be careful if you are in Naantali on the 27th of July at it is National Sleepy Head Day and the lucky winner is thrown into Naantali harbour before breakfast. (This is actually an honour.)  

At the pleasure boat marinas, you can soak up the atmosphere over a coffee or local craft beer. There are good possibilities to buy artisan souvenirs from small craft shops.  

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moderate
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Highest point
48 m
Lowest point
-1 m
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Start

Iniö (0 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
60.439240, 21.396191
UTM
34V 521804 6700395

Destination

Turku

Turn-by-turn directions

Best divided into two days, we describe the shorter stages below.

1. Iniö-Kustavi-Taivassalo

Length: 30km Ferries: 1 (Iniö-Kustavi 30min up to 8 departures per day)

  1. From Heponiemi harbour follow road nr. 1922 (Iniöntie),
    -make sure you stop off at Peterzéns Boathouse with restaurant, boathouse hotel, shop and cosy marina and
    -Kustavi Handicraft Village, both are on the route.
  2. Turn right at road nr. 192 towards Turku and Taivasalo, it is 10km from the crossroads to Taivassalo.
    You can also make a detour to Kustavi village where there is a shop, restaurant and places to stay.
    There is a serivcestation beside the road and after Kaitainen Bridge a kiosk and picnic area.
    More information about tourism in Kustavi.

2a. Taivassalo-Hakkenpää-Teersalo (Velkua)-Merimasku (only pedestrians, bikes, motorsbikes!) OR
2b. Taivassalo-Askainen-Merimasku

Length: 26km or 40km 
Ferries: 1 or 0

2a) Shorter, quieter route with a ferry (only light traffic!):

  1. From Taivassalo centre turn onto road nr. 1961 towards Hakkenpää, there is a cycle path for a short stretch, the rest of the road is narrow.
  2. There is a toilet and beach in Hakkenpää and a summer restaurant/bar. The ferry does not take cars and only operates twice a day during the summer. The voyage takes 45mins.
  3. In Teersalo harbour there are two restaurants and a small shop. There is a beach nearby.
  4. From Teersalo, it is 18km to Merimasku.

2b) Longer route along main road:

  1. Continue on the main Kustavi road towards Mietoinen and then turn off towards Askainen.  
  2. You can make a short detour to Louhisaari Manor House and museum, there is a public beach along the sand road.
  3. From here, it is 15km to Merimasku and the road is narrow. We recommend cyclists use Merimaskuntie as it is actually a few kilometres shorter than the busy main road although it largely has a gravel surface.

3. Merimasku - Naantali

Length: 11km Ferries: 0

  1. In the centre of Merimasku you will find a shop, a restaurant and other services.
  2. There is a cycle path until Luonnonmaa, but from here on you will need to cycle on the main road, which has a broad shoulder.
  3. You should definitely spend some time in Naantali! The old wooden town is charming and full of shops, cafes and things to do. There are even three beaches near the centre. Other sights: Naantali Spa, Moominworld and Kultaranta, the president’s summer residence, where guided tours are arranged. More information from Visit Naantali.

4. Naantali - Turku

Length: 17km Ferries: 0

An easy cycle along road numbers 40 and 185. This is the last 17km of 250km, enjoy them and feel proud!!

Turku, Finland’s former capital city has many excellent restaurants, a castle and a number of interesting museums and art galleries. Don’t forget to visit your starting point, Turku Cathedral, if it was closed on your departure. A beer on one of the river boats along River Aura is a truly local experience and a fitting end to your Archipelago Trail Adventure. More information from Visit Turku

 

Getting there

There are busses from Turku to the ferry pier at Heponiemi for the ferry to Iniö https://www.taivassalonauto.fi/aikataulu  

Ferry Iniö - Heponiemi https://www.finferries.fi/en/ferry-traffic/ferries-and-schedules/inio-kustavi-aura.html  

Ferry Hakkenpää - Teersalo (summers and light traffic only, no charge) 
https://www.finferries.fi/en/ferry-traffic/ferries-and-schedules/velkua-route-kivimo.html 

Naantali can be reached by local bus from Turku.  https://www.foli.fi/en/timetables-and-routes/timetables 

From Naantali (Rymättylä) you can take the Small Archipelago Trail towards Nagu.  

Parking

Naantali charges for car parking, https://www.visitnaantali.com/en 

Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Guidebook only available in Finnish

Saariston rengastien opaskirja

Omatoimimatkailijan opaskirja Saariston Rengastielle vie sinut matkalle halki upean saariston! Kirjasta löydät vinkkejä rengastien nähtävyyksistä, matkailukohteista ja muista kiinnostavista poikkeamisen arvoisista paikoista.

https://fi.doerz.com/parainen/saariston-rengastien-opaskirja  

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Updated: May 26, 2020

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