Best of the Archipelago Trail

Long archipelago route clockwise by bike ( or by car )  

Duration: Four or five days, three or four nights
Length: 250 km. (155-miles)
Southwest Finland’s beautiful summer
Suitable for: couples, families, small groups
How to get around: Bicycle, scooter
Difficulty level: Intermediate, advanced
When: June through August
How to get there: Train or bus link from Helsinki to Turku., ferry connection from Stockholm  

: Enjoy the spectacular archipelago while riding a bike or scooter or driving a car  This special tour program is filled with fun attractions and great atmosphere. The Long Archipelago Ring Route covers about 250 kilometers, including some 10 archipelago municipalities, 12 bridges and nine ferry crossings.
The route begins in Turku, and stretches to the outer islands of the archipelago: Korppoo, Houtskär and Iniö, before returning to Turku via Merimasku and Naantali. Cyclists can choose how to break up their journey on a day-to-day basis.

Day. 1 Arrive in Turku by bus, train, plane or ferry.

 Your guide will greet you at the bicycle/scooter rental shop. You will receive bikes, helmets and maps. You will be given several route descriptions to help you to decide on a route.

Your first accommodation will be in Parainen, around 20 km (12 miles) from Turku, at Camping Solliden.

Optional extra: Book yourself an archipelago sightseeing cruise or enjoy some of the many recreational activities at the site.

 Day 2 Get to know the Archipelago

 Leave Parainen and continue to the neighboring island of Nauvo (Parainen to Nauvo 33 km/20 miles). Along the way you can enjoy gorgeous archipelago scenery. Cross the bridge of Sattmark where there are popular hiking and nature trails. Further along the road 17 km (10 miles) from the center of Parainen, you will reach the ferry at Lillmälö. These yellow ferries are both free and frequent.

Nauvo is one of the biggest and busiest islands in the Turku archipelago. It has an exceptionally busy harbor, with many restaurants, shops and galleries.

Embark on a guided kayak tour from the heart of Nauvo, after an introduction course and safety demonstration. Equipment is provided. Suitable for all experience levels.

 Your next charming accommodation is a small and cozy bed-and-breakfast in Nauvo.

 Day 3. Fishing the Archipelago way

The journey continues after breakfast.

Cross the sea by ferry to Korppoo island (Nauvo to Korpoo 27 km/17 miles) situated in the middle of the archipelago. The next leg of the archipelago trail is Houtskär (Korppoo to Houtskär 25 km/16 miles). The day is devoted to fishing. Boats hold three or four people, and fishing tackle is included.: You are now ready to catch some great fish!
Overnight stay at an idyllic waterfront cottage.

 Day 4. Hiking in the wilderness

Next morning it is time to leave Houtskär and continue to Iniö (Houtskär to- Iniö 25 km/16 miles), a tiny island in the archipelago with only 200 permanent residents.
Have lunch at the guest harbor and take a ferry to the next island , Kustavi. (Iniö to Kustavi 13 km/8 miles). Kustavi incorporates over 2,000 islands. In summer when people flock there for boating, fishing, hiking, camping, and many other outdoor activities. Your wilderness guide will lead you in the Archipelago forests including a visit to the Katanpaa coastal fort, built by the Russians in the early20th century. There is an option to learn the techniques of archipelago pottery making.
Sleep over in B&B guest house in Kustavi or Taivassalo.

 Day 5Pleasant promenades in picturesque resort town Naantali with pampering at the premier spa.

 The group takes an early morning ferry to the island of Velkua and continues towards Merimasku. (Velkua to Merimasku 19 km/12 miles).

Cross the bridge to the island of Luonnonmaa. The road passes close to Kultaranta Castle; the official summer residence of the Finnish President. The garden around the castle boasts more than 3,500 roses and approximately one thousand square meters (10,700 square feet) of greenhouse area. The beautiful garden surrounding the granite castle is open throughout the summer months.

The journey (6 km/3.7 miles) continues with a stunning ride over the Ukko-Pekka Bridge, on the way to Naantali, Finland’s city of sun.

 It is time to get off the saddle for the rest of the day to please the body and soul. Naantali is one of the most popular summer resorts and it is very busy during the summer months.
In Naantali you can visit the Moomin Land, to see the famous fat TV characters, or walk along the promenade of the old city with many pubs and restaurants.

 Optional extra: Pamper yourselves at the enormous Naantali Spa. There are indoor and outdoor pools, two Turkish baths and several saunas. After the refreshing spa, there will be dinner waiting. Naantali Spa Hotel has live music every night during the summer.

Overnight in a bed and breakfast guest house, not far from the old city.

 Day 6.Turku – sightseeing , evening cruise and jazz

 After Naantali, it is time to get to know Turku. There is a good bike trail from Naantali to Turku, only 18 km/11 miles away.

When you each Turku, return the bikes or scooters.

Turku is the oldest city in Finland. It is also the fifth biggest, with about 170,000 residents. Turku was Finland’s largest city and capital until 1812, when the capital was moved to Helsinki. Turku was chosen by the European Union as Europe’s Capital of Culture in 2011, preparing itself for a flood of tourism over the next year and a half.

The city really has a lot to offer, with an array of museums, and lively summers when the whole city seems to head for the small flotilla of boat bars moored in the heart of town.

Optional extra: Guided evening tour along the Aura River by foot. Learn about the history of Turku and see the liveliest part of it.

Optional extra: Embark on the old s/s Ukko-Pekka steamboat. Archipelago styled tapas are served together with home-baked archipelago bread. Supper and dancing on the quays on the island of Loistokari.

The evening will end at a jazz restaurant on the Aura riverbank .
Overnight in a tourist-class hotel in the city center.

Price starts: Let us know what you are interested in on the contact form below.

This is a highly customizable tour package. Examplary itinerary below:

 –           5 nights as follows: 2 in an comfortably equipped cottage  without breakfast, 2 nights in a bed-and-breakfast with breakfast  and 1 night in a hotel on B&B basis.
–           Several activities: kayak rental in Nauvo (including guiding and equipment),
            Fishing in Houtskär (motorboat charter, fishing tackle and license),
–           2 hours’ guided wilderness tour in Kustavi
–           2 hours’ guided tour by foot in Turku
–           Ferry fees on m/s Antonia and m/s Kivimo by bike
–           Bike rental, tour maps, helmets,

The archipelago ring road can also traveled by car. Please ask us for more details.
The above package can be customized for particular requests. Please contact us for more information.

As a result of intensive conservation, visitor management and sustainable tourism development The Archipelago National Park has received the coveted status of a certified PAN Park.

Those traveling by motor vehicle can pace their journey with longer distances between stops while cyclists can comfortably complete the entire circular route in three days, we recommend adding an extra day.

Combine with: Vacation package in Stockholm, Helsinki, Turku and Tallinn

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