This special 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. After starting in Turku your first stop will be 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 the fourth and last day you'll pedal to small harbour town Nagu (Nauvo). From there you'll either take a bike ferry straight back to Turku in the afternoon, or another ferry to bike across the islands Rimito and Otava back to Nådendal and then Turku.
Would you like to visit Utö? We offer an optional extra day and night to visit this island outpost on the southern sea border of Finland. Hotels fill up quickly in Utö, so we recommend an early reservation to secure this trip.
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 when you collect the rental bikes, or stored in safe lockers in the Mariehamn ferry terminal.
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.
This bike tour starts in Turku. Ferries to Turku depart from Stockholm and Mariehamn. From Helsinki you can reach Turku by flight, train or bus.
If you're into history or culture there is much of interest to see here in the old capitol of Finland before you start biking. From Turku you pedal westward to the historic township of Naantali (Nådendal). On the shore is the best hotel in Finland - Naantali Spa. If you wish to stay here one night and relax before continuing your trip we can reserve a room for you. Sights in Naantali include the beautiful harbour, the Moomin World for the kids and an impressive old church.
From Naantali you continue over bridges and islands to Teersalo, where you take a couple of ferries out to Velkuanmaa to stay at an island hotel.
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 vist 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 youäll 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.
Would you like to make an excursion to the outermost archipelago on the southern sea border of Finland? We can book you for a night in a hotel on the island Utö, which you reach by a 4-5 hour ferry ride from Pärnäs pier between Korpo and Nagu. On the boat you can dine in the restaurant and enjoy the amazing view. On the way you stop by several small islands, such as Jumo and Berghamn. This extra day and night costs €80 per person - write "Utö" in the request field when making your reservation.
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 maringa, 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 Röölä and bike your way back to Turku from there.
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