The Turku Archipelago is one of Finland’s most stunning natural phenomena – 20,000 islands stretching out into the sea from the city of Turku in the southwest part of the country. The Archipelago Ring route: several bridges, 9 ferries or connection vessels will take you from one island to another amidst unique archipelago nature. Our circular route starts in Turku, Finland’s oldest city, established in 1229, where you will enjoy a ride around the historic city with its medieval castle, cathedral and riverside paths. Stay in the picturesque old harbour village of Naantali, home of the Moomin characters. Enjoy the unique pleasure of hopping between the small islands off Finland’s southwest coast and the chance to see the islands from the sea as well as the road. You will reach the heart of the archipelago arriving on the Island of Inio, Houtskar (the only Swedish speaking island), Korpoo and Nauvo, where there are 3000 islands and skerries in Nauvo’s unique archipelago.
TRIP GRADING - INTRODUCTORY TO MODERATE (2)
The trip requires a reasonable to good level of fitness to fully participate in the cycling, with daily cycle distances from 14 to 68km / 8.5 to 4.2mi per day. It is generally easy, but with occasional rolling sections and 2 days of cycling over 50km / 31mi.
Make your own way to Turku. The afternoon is free to explore the town with its medieval castle and cathedral. Stay overnight in 3* hotel which is centrally located in Turku. It is located within walking distance (approx 500m / 1640ft) from the railway station. For dinner you will find a large selection of bars, cafes and restaurants in the center of Turku. The hotel has a restaurant and 3 saunas. Morning sauna is included in the room price.
Collect your bike from the shop, only minutes from your hotel, then ride out into the countryside. Soon the island-hopping begins with a relaxing 45 minute ferry journey. After an invigorating day's ride, relax in the sauna at your harbourside accommodation, where you will stay in thatched cabins in Kustavi.
Today is the main island-hopping day with 5 ferry journeys, reaching the very heart of the archipelago. The tiny, peaceful island of Ioio is the remotest part of the trip. Houtskar Island has come of the region's most challenging cycling, but you can rest on the 30min ferry ride to the next island! Sights on Korpoo Island are Korpo greystone church from 14th century and Korpoo gard – the center of Korpoo from early 19th century with unique architectural style. Our overnight stay is in a converted barn.
Today you are free to cycle at your leisure. There are various possible circular routes that we suggest on Korpoo island or the neighbouring island of Nauvo. Whichever route you choose, beautiful archipelago landscapes and harbour villages await. Overnight in Korpoo. Tonight you are free to eat dinner at one of the local restaurants.
Cross over to Nauvo, the main archipelago island. Nauvo village has a bustling harbour. Take the ferry from Nauvo harbour back to the mainland and continue by bike via Rymattyla. Rymattyla has 400 islands in the municipality. Cycle further to the Rymattyla village center. Visit St Jacobs church, several handicraft shops and even buy directly from the farmers. From Rymattyla you cycle back to Naantali. Overnight in Naantali at a small hotel in Naantali Old town. Bed & breakfast accommodation. Dinner is available nearby in a restaurant of your choice.
You can either spend the morning in Naantali or start the cycle back to Turku. The ride to Turku is short, and you can then enjoy a ride around the historic city of Turku. Overnight in Turku. Morning sauna is included in the room price.
Trip arrangements conclude after breakfast.
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