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Archipelago Trail - 3. Nagu to Korpo

Bike Riding · Finnish Archipelago
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Difficulty
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Distance
30.7 km
Duration
2:15h
Ascent
61 m
Descent
67 m
Round trip Loop Multi-stage route Scenic Refreshment stops available
Enjoy the vibrancy of Nagu, featuring one of Finland’s busiest pleasure boat marinas, before cycling on smaller roads towards Korpo, the archipelago’s island of artists.

Length: 23km
Ferries: 1 (5min)
Bridges: 0

From Nagu village cycle along Norrstrandsvägen, which is a winding dirt road with some self-service farm kiosks selling fresh potatoes, tomatoes and other products. Weigh your purchase, write it up in the notepad and leave the appropriate amount in the cash box.

The main Archipelago road is an alternative; it is tarmacked but narrow and busy.   

There is a summer restaurant and kiosk at Pärnäs ferry pier. The ferry has regular departures and the crossing takes 5mins.

Pärnäs is also the departure point for the ferry to the outer archipelago islands of Utö, Jurmo, Aspö, Nötö.  

On Korpo you immediately get more of an archipelago feeling as the road is smaller. It is a 10km cycle to Korpo village. You pass the village of Österretais on the way with a barefoot culture-path, restaurant, hotel and Bed & Breakfast.

Korpo has a supermarket, shops, tourist information, restaurant and beach. There is also a restaurant before the village in Verkan marina.

Author’s recommendation

The Barefoot nature path with landscape art is fun for all the family. Take off your shoes and enjoy the path and artworks. 

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Highest point
30 m
Lowest point
-11 m
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Rest Stop

Archipelago Centre Korpoström

Tips, hints and links

Nagu and Korpo are a part of The UNESCO Archipelago Biosphere Reserve. 

Start

Nagu (8 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
60.193784, 21.911479
UTM
34V 550541 6673341

Destination

Korpo

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To do before leaving Nagu

  • Eat well – there are more than 10 restaurants and cafes in the village.
  • Visit the two child-friendly beaches in Nagu village at Framnäs.
  • Rent a stand up paddle board or kayak in the harbour.
  • Walk The Westerholm Path.  
  • Visit the Island of Seili as a day trip from Nagu
  • Buy some freshly smoked fish from Börjes fisk
  • Visit the market in the southern harbour.
  • Visit Nagu Church.  
  • Did you know that families can borrow hobby horses from the tourist information and walk Nagu's own trail for small children, Nagu Nalle's Path. 

The next shops are in Korpo village so stock up on needed provisions. 

  1. From the pleasure boat marina cycle along Parkvägen and continue on Norrstrandsvägen.
    The main Archipelago road is an alternative; it is tarmacked but narrow and busy.   
  2. 250m from Parkvägen, there is the possibility to make a detour to a troy town stone maze (Jungfrudans, Jatulintarha) along a short marked nature trail. The path is marked with blue paint and begins opposite Finnäsvägen. 
  3. Norrstrandsvägen is about 12km. There are some self-service farm kiosks selling fresh potatoes, tomatoes and other products besde the road. 
    (An option if you have bikes with thick tyres is to follow the St. Olav signs at Sellmovägen through the forest, it is a beautiful path, there are good gravel roads but please note, in wet weather and if there are fallen trees, bikes need to be pushed for a few hundred meter sections in the middle of Sellmovägen)
  4. Join the main Archipelago Road and cycle less than 4km until Pärnäs ferry pier. The ferry Ms Baldur for the islands Nötö, Aspö, Jurmo and Utö leaves from the neighbouring pier. There is a summer cafe and kiosk at Pärnäs
  5. The ferry to Korpo has regular departures and the crossing takes 5mins.
  6. On Korpo, the main road is narrow.
  7. At Retais village after just 2km, you will find Hotel Nestor with restaurant Backpocket and B&B Fafas. The Barefoot Nature Path is a short walk beyond Hotel Nestor. The path features temporary landscape art installations by international artists. Kick off your shoes and enjoy some art in tranquil surroundings. 
  8. After 4km Galtby is signposted to the right to continue directly on The Archipelago trail on the ferry to Houtskär. You can also also take the ferry to Åland from Galtby.
  9. Cycle a further 3km to Korpo village with shops and services. There is a K-market grocery store, Hjalmars restaurant and small stores like Amilias Hem lifestyle shop. There is also a variety of accommodation in Korpo village, a local history museum, fieldstone church and sandy beach. There is also a restaurant before the village in Verkan marina.
  10. The Archipelago Centre at Korpoström is a further 8km. There are occasional departures from the centre to the outer archipelago and Kökar.
  11. To continue on the Archipelago Trail backtrack to Galtby and continue towards Houtskär and Iniö.

Getting there

A regular bus service travels along the main archipelago road between Turku, Pargas, Nagu and Korpo (Buses 901 - 904).

You can also arrive in Nagu by direct tourist ferry from Turku. 

 

Buses between Turku, Pargas, Nagu and Korpo: http://tlo.fi/reitit-ja-aikataulut/saaristobussi/ 
Tourist ferry between Turku and Nagu: https://vitharun.fi/fi/aikataulut/turku-seili-nauvo/ 
Car ferry between Nagu and Korpo: http://lautta.net/ 
Ferry to outer archipelago: https://meritie.fi/aikataulut-reitti/ 
Ferry service to Åland Islands: https://www.alandstrafiken.ax/en/timetables   
Tourist tour boat from Korpoström: www.aspocharter.com   

Parking

There is free parking in Nagu. 
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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Updated: June 15, 2020

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