This bike tour - called the Archipelago Trail - brings you through the Finnish archipelago around Turku, Nådendal, Gustavs, Korpo and Nagu.
Idyllic island roads are combined with the blue ferries steaming between the various islands.
You'll start in old spa town Nådendal (Naantali) - rich in history and with beautiful small streets. From there the journey continues through islands, over bridges, and by ferry to the tiny island Velkuanmaa for your first night in a hotel.
Day two you'll bike through Gustavs (Kustavi) on the mainland and continue at an easy pace to Iniö to spend the evening and night in a guesthouse.
On the third day you hop on yet another ferry to biking paradise Houtskär and cross three islands connected by bridge and ferries, continuing to the village Korpo, where you'll sleep in a nice Bed & Breakfast.
On day four, you will cycle on to Nagu (Nauvo) and can choose to either cycle across the islands of Rimito and Otava back to Naantali and onwards to Turku - or you can take a small bicycle ferry directly from Nagu to Turku, where you will stay one night in a hotel. This is Finland's oldest city, with much to experience in terms of culture and architecture.
We have a variety of high quality 7-geared, 21-geared and 24-geared bicycles for you to choose from. Our brands are Helkama, Crescent and Tunturi. We also have single speed bikes if you fancy.
If you travel with your own bicycle we will give a discount on the price.
You can also select the Nauvo - Hanka ferry if you want to bike some extra miles.
Accommodation in double rooms at hotels and guesthouses. Showers and bathrooms in separate buildings.
Breakfast is included in all accommodations.
Bike panniers with a capacity of 20 litres are included. Your empty bags can be kept by the renter when you collect the rental bikes.
Clean sheets and fresh towels are provided at every accommodation, so you don't have to bring this.
Our itinerary is sent to you as a PDF document, specially formatted to be easy to use on any smart phone. The itinerary contains your route description, map links to all important and interesting places, and all ferry departures you need to mind to travel between islands.
We send you a digital travel calendar that you can easily add to your telephone to remind you of important times and places. The calendar works on every model of telephone.
Day 1: 35km biking
Day 2: 30km biking
Day 3: 33km biking
Day 4: 24km biking
Day 5: 16km biking
This cycling tour starts in Naantali, about 17km from Turku. Night ferries depart from Kapellskär in Sweden in the evening and arrive in Naantali in the morning. From Turku, buses and steamship Ukkopekka depart to Naantali. You can also start cycling in Turku if you wish. From Stockholm there are cruise ships to Turku and from Helsinki and other Finnish cities there are flights, trains and buses to Turku. We are happy to help you arrange transportation.
Upon arrival in Naantali, you will collect your bikes and equipment and have plenty of time to explore the town. There is a beautiful guest harbor, Moominworld, and an impressive church. On the beach is Finland's best hotel - Naantali Spa. If you want to spend the night here before cycling on, we can book a room for you.
From Naantali you cycle over bridges and islands, via Gullranda to Teersalo. From there you travel two short ferry crossings to Velkuanmaa, for an overnight stay at Skärgårdshotellet Vaihela. The hotel has an à la carte restaurant and its own wine cellar.
After breakfast at the island hotel you take a ferry to Hakkenpää on the mainland. Today you will be biking through Tövsala and Kaitanen before taking a ferry to the island Jumo. For some extra biking you can visit western Gustavs, have lunch in Osnäs and visit the archipelago museum there. In Tövsala there is a military museum to visit.
From Jumo you continue to Iniö, where you'll be accommodated in a B&B. This island has a restaurant, a café and a marina - as well as the tiny block and tackle museum. The nicest sight is the 17th century church - named after Swedish princess Sophia Wilhelma.
After breakfast you head on out to explore the tiny islands on your way to Korpo. Most of the day can be spent in the island Houtskär, with its small villages, museum and the old wooden church in Näsby, dedicated to the Virgin Mary. In Mossala you can enjoy a meal at one of the restaurants or head out on the waters on a rental boat, kayak or stand up paddle board. Houtskär is famous for the many pretty boat houses and sailing traditions. In Näsby you'll find restaurants, cafés and a pizzeria.
Leaving Houtskär you take a road ferry to Korpo, where you'll stay in a nice B&B. There are several restaurants for your dinner and some optional extra biking to the Korpoström Archipelago Centre for a visit to their shoreline restaurant.
From Korpo you continue by bike to the seaside town Nagu (Nauvo) - a true Finnish summer paradise and a popular destination along the Archipelago Trail. Among the sights you find the medieval greystone church, the Maritime House, the bustling marina, nature trails - and of course the beach. We have alternative routes for those who want to do some extra biking and visit southern Nagu.
In the afternoon you'll board a bicycle ferry from Nagu and head back to central Turku. You can also opt for taking a ferry to Hanka and bike 50km to Turku from there.
In Turku you'll stay at centrally located Hotel Helmi.
If you are interested in history or culture, there are many interesting things to see here in the old capital of Finland. Such as the Turku Castle with hundreds of artifacts in its permanent exhibition, or the Turku cathedral, which was built in the 13th century. Otherwise, you can enjoy the weather and mix with the locals on the banks of the Aura River, or board one of the restaurant boats. For those interested in culture, there is the Turku Art Museum, the Sibelius Museum, Forum Marinum and the Swedish Theater.
You can also explore the large market hall and local bakeries to pick up a tasty picnic basket.
From Turku you cycle 16km to Naantali to return your rental bikes, and perhaps visit more sights there. You can also end the tour in Turku if you wish.
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