The Turku Archipelago

The Turku Archipelago

Trip Highlights

  • Island hopping on the main islands by bike
  • Enjoying the culture and cuisine of the harbour villages
  • Exploring Finland's oldest city and former capital
  • Staying in character and charming accommodation

Trip Summary

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. Cycling a circular route around the main islands is made easy, and exciting by a system of local and free ferry services. Experience the peaceful nature of meandering by bike around rural Finland, the enchantment of the sea, the beauty of the inner islands, wholesome Finnish cooking and picturesque harbour villages. Our cycling tour starts in Turku, Finland's oldest city where you will enjoy a ride around the historic city with its medieval castle, cathedral and riverside paths. Enjoy the unique pleasure of hopping between the small islands off Finland's southwest coast.

Suitability

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 42mi) per day. It is generally easy, but with occasional rolling sections and 2 days of cycling over 50km/31mi.

Itinerary

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 centre of Turku. The hotel has a restaurant and 3 saunas. Morning sauna is included in the room price. Overnight Turku.

Meals:  Nil

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.

Meals:  B

Today is the main island-hopping day with 5 ferry journeys, reaching the very heart of the archipelago. The tiny, peaceful island of Inio 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 Korpoo greystone church from 14th century and Korpoo gard – the center of Korpoo from the early 19th century with a unique architectural style. Our overnight stay is in a converted barn in Korpoo.

Meals:  B,D

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.

Meals:  B

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 Jacob's 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.

Meals:  B

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.

Meals:  B

Trip arrangements conclude after breakfast.

Meals:  B

What's Included

  • 6 breakfasts, 1 dinner
  • 6 nights accommodation in small hotels and guesthouses on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities for most nights (Kustavi has shared facilities and a sauna room)
  • Luggage transfer (1 piece, 20kg per person)
  • Ferry fees while on tour
  • Information pack including route notes & maps (one per room booked)
  • Emergency hotline
  • 7 speed bike hire including helmet, panniers, pump and repair kit
  • Emergency hotline

What's Not Included

  • Travel to and from Turku
  • 5 dinners, all lunches & beverages
  • Entrance fees
  • Travel insurance - mandatory
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Unscheduled transfers required during the trip

Upcoming Travel Dates

AT A GLANCE

Duration:7 Days
Countries:Finland
Starting Point:Turku
Finishing Point:Turku
Activities:Self-Guided Cycling
Grade:Introductory to Moderate  Click for more information
Trip Code:CFI
Prices From:GBP£1035 Per Person
single supplement:GBP£370  Click for more information