This tour is made for those who want to experience a lot of nature and islands. You start the journey from Turku and bike through the archipelago of Finland before island hopping to the northern Åland archipelago for continued biking among islands, skerries, seals and ferries.
On the trip you will be accommodated in cosy guesthouses and hotels on different islands. You will also pass through the main Åland island and visit historic sights, such as the Kastelholm castle before arriving in port town Mariehamn. From there you continue trough the southern Åland archipelago to the famous island of Kökar for an overnight visit. Next day another ferry takes you to Galtby and you continue by bike to Nauvo, staying there for one day before heading back to Turku. Naantali Spa Hotel can be added as a luxurious break on this tour!
We book and pay your ships between the islands, so you wont have to worry about them.
Accommodation in double rooms at hotels and guesthouses. Showers and bathrooms in separate buildings.
Breakfast is included in all accommodations.
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.
Bike panniers with a capacity of 20 litres are included.
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: 45km biking
Day 2: 42km biking
Day 3: 40km biking
Day 4: 21km biking
Day 5: 30km biking
Day 6: 22km biking
Day 7: 50km biking (optional)
Your trip begins in Turku, where you collect your bikes. Bike bags and repair kits are included, as well as bike helmets if you want. After a short distance you arrive in Naantali, where you can visit historical sights such as The Naantali Church.
The trip continues to Teersalo along bike lanes, country roads and across four small bridges. In Teersalo you can enjoy lunch while waiting for you ferry.
The Teersalo ferry brings you to the tiny island Palva and on the other side of the island another ferry to Velkuanmaa, where you stay for a night in a hotel.
Ferry back to Teersalo and then another ferry to Hakkenpää. From here you will have some very nice biking to Vuosnainen in Kustavi, where you take an island ferry to Åva in Brändö in Åland. On the way you can make a detour to visit the Kustavi museum or the strange boulders called "Caves of Jeremiah". As an extra you can book a seal safari for when you arrive in Åva, to go out by boat and take a look at the big and small critters, and enjoy dinner in the wild.
In Brändö you will be accommodated in double rooms at Hotel Gullvivan.
The morning ferry from Brändö to Vårdö takes about 2h30m through beautiful waters and stop by several smaller islands. From the harbour in Vårdö you'll have some biking before you reach the Bomarsund ruins, where you can visit the open air museum in what was once a mighty Russian fortress.
A few moments more in the saddle and you arrive at the Kastelhol castle, which is one of the most popular sights in Åland. During summer season a guided tour is included in your entry ticket. This is a good spot for lunch. After the castle you continue up north to Kvarnbo, to check in at a nice guesthouse.
You begin the day with a proper breakfast and start biking to the south for the town of Mariehamn. Here you will find many cafés and restaurants to choose between for your lunch. In Mariehamn you must visit the Maritime Museum and the old tall ship Pommern, docked right next to the museum. Sailing and maritime life is the very core of the local culture in Åland.
South of Mariehamn one of the most beautiful roads in Åland brings you to Järsö. You can bike with the sea on both sides out here and have a coffee at Stickstugan Café before returning to Mariehamn.
After breakfast you bike through southern Åland to the port Långnäs, where a ferry will bring you to Kökar in the outern archipelago. On your way you'll cross the Lemström canal and pass the preserved estate Pellas.
The ferry cruises between islands for about three hours and you'll have plenty of time to relax and enjoy the view before reaching Kökar. This small community in the outermost archipelago is one of the most beloved places to visit in Åland. If you arrive during weekend you can go on a boat tour out to the island Kälskär. There's something for everyone in Kökar: Museums, restaurants, hiking trails, bird watching, kayaking, and sunbathing.
You'll spend the night in Klobbars Guesthouse in Hellsö.
After breakfast you have the morning to continue explore Kökar. Around lunchtime you take the next ferry from Kökar to Galtby and are back in Finland. You continue along the archipelago trail towards Nauvo. The Bakfickan restaurant at Hotel Nestor is on the way. You can make a detour to Korpoström Archipelago Centre and the southern archipelago of Nauvo if you'd like some extra biking. You are accommodated in a hotel room in central Nauvo or outside Nauvo.
Ferry from Nauvo to Hanka in the morning after breakfast. Afterwards you will bike in direction Naantali. Stop by in Herrankukkaro for some fun outdoor games and challenges!
Right before coming back to Naantali you can make a small detour to visit the gardens of Gullranda castle, which is the summer estate of the President of Finland. Guided tours of the garden can be booked for the afternoon.
The trip continues through Naantali back to Turku, the same way in which you came.
For a truly outstanding experience, you can stay in Spa Hotel Naantali for the night before going back to Turku. This luxurious spa has been awarded Finland's best hotel in 2019 and offers many options of pools, saunas, spas and restaurants.
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