Turku Archipelago Cycling Holiday

Head to southwest Finland for an island hopping cycling holiday through the Turku archipelago. Travel by ferry between pristine small islands, riding to idyllic villages and staying in some amazing locations in a corner of Finland well known by locals but still very much off the beaten track for mainstream tourism.

Starting from bustling Turku on the mainland, you’ll ride northwest taking two short ferry hops to the island of Iniö. This is just the first of your island-hopping stops. You’ll also make your way by bike and boat to Korpo and Nauvo, islands each with their own unique charm.

Short ferry crossings separate the islands

The sparsely populated archipelago offers peaceful scenic cycling on quiet lanes. Sea views abound and every now and then you’ll pass through tiny hamlets of brightly coloured houses.The route traces a lazy loop around the islands so at the end of the trip you find yourself back in Turku on the mainland

This is a cycle tour where the emphasis is on getting to know the local area rather than challenging yourself. Most of the islands feature largely flat topography, and you’ll be following quiet roads with little traffic, so anyone with a basic level of fitness can enjoy this scenic route.

Turku Archipelago Cycling Holiday

Head to southwest Finland for an island hopping cycling holiday through the Turku archipelago. Travel by ferry between pristine small islands, riding to idyllic villages and staying in some amazing locations in a corner of Finland well known by locals but still very much off the beaten track for mainstream tourism.

Starting from bustling Turku on the mainland, you’ll ride northwest taking two short ferry hops to the island of Iniö. This is just the first of your island-hopping stops. You’ll also make your way by bike and boat to Korpo and Nauvo, islands each with their own unique charm.

Short ferry crossings separate the islands

The sparsely populated archipelago offers peaceful scenic cycling on quiet lanes. Sea views abound and every now and then you’ll pass through tiny hamlets of brightly coloured houses.The route traces a lazy loop around the islands so at the end of the trip you find yourself back in Turku on the mainland

This is a cycle tour where the emphasis is on getting to know the local area rather than challenging yourself. Most of the islands feature largely flat topography, and you’ll be following quiet roads with little traffic, so anyone with a basic level of fitness can enjoy this scenic route.

Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrive Turku

Arrive in Turku in southwest Finland and make your way to your hotel. After check-in you’re free to relax or head into the bustling city centre with its great selection of bars and restaurants.

Day 2 : Turku – Velkua
29 miles/67 kms

Start your cycle tour by riding out of Turku and northwest into the wooded, Finnish countryside. After taking two short ferry trips you arrive on the small, serene island of Velkua. Follow the winding country lane to your overnight accommodation.

Day 3 : Velkua – Houtskär
34 miles/55 kms

You’ll be hopping on and off ferries with your bikes today as you make your way into the heart of the Turku archipelago. Pleasant easy rides deliver you to the next ferry pick-up point where you can relax on deck and drink in the heavenly scenery drifting by as you make your way to the next island. After crossing the pretty island of Iniö you arrive on the large island of Houtskär where you will spend the night.

Day 4 : Houtskär – Korpo
choice of distances

Today there are quite a few route choices ranging from 20 – 40 kms so you can cycle as much or as little as you wish around the scenic island of Korpo. Whichever route you choose you will discover pretty harbours, quaint villages and stunning island sea scapes. You spend the night on Korpo.

Day 5 : Korpo – Naantali
35 miles/57 kms

You’ll be leaving Korppoo today, starting by catching the ferry to Nauvo then connecting with another ferry to return to the mainland. Then it’s back on the bikes to cycle via Rymättylä to the old fishing village of Naantali. You’ll be staying here tonight and will enjoy wandering the village’s cobbled streets around its busy little harbour.

Day 6 : Naantali – Turku
9 miles/14 kms

There’s just a short ride today letting you enjoy time in and around Naantali or back in Turku, where you’ll spend your last night at the end of a great Finnish cycle holiday. Both locations have great selections of bars and restaurants.

Day 7 : Turku - end of trip

After breakfast it’s time to check out and head for home or your next adventure.

Bikes

Regular bikes provided are modern alloy framed models with 24 speeds. The bikes come equipped with pannier, lock and a repair kit with pump.

Electric bikes are also available.

We suggest you bring your own helmet for safety and hygiene reasons. Alternatively, helmets are provided on arrival.

Accommodation

Below is a sample of the type of accommodation typically used on this tour. Please note that the hotel we book for you may differ from below but will certainly be of a similar standard.

Comfort: An eclectic mix of accommodation ranging from thatched cabins, converted barns and small guesthouses. All accommodation has private facilities except in Kustavi which has shared showers.

Turku: Original Sokos Hotel Wiklund

Velkua: Vaihela Saaristo hotel, Velkua

Houtskar: Hotel Hyppeis Värdshus

Korppoo: Hotel Nestor

Naantali: Hotel Palo

Getting there

Fly to Helsinki and then on to Turku. Alternatively, fly to Helsinki and catch a train to Turku. The train journey will take about 2 hrs.

Research flights from the UK here.

Research trains from Helsinki to/from Turku here.

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