Archipelago Trail is a four day circular self-guided cycle tour across Turku Archipelago, one of the most popular cycling routes in Finland. The tour will take you through stunning archipelago sceneries. The islands are connected by numerous bridges and ferries. The peace and tranquility, particularly in the rugged outer islands, is a must if you want to experience Finland at its best. Most of the surfaces along the route are paved, making your ride comfortable. The profile varies from fairly flat to some rolling hills.
Day 1. Individual arrival in Nagu
Your tour begins on the island of Nagu (Nauvo in Finnish). Nagu is situated 50 km from Turku and can be easily accessed by car or public transportation. The travel time with from Turku is about 1,5 hours. If you travel from Helsinki there are hourly train and bus connections to Turku. In Nagu you will be accommodated in a cosy b&b, get some rest after your travel and get prepared for you cycling tour. You are welcome to store extra luggage in Nagu during your cycling tour. (Either the B&B or in Archipelago booking office.)
Day 2. Nagu – Naantali, 40 km
After a good night’s sleep and breakfast at you will start your tour. Your first destination is Nagu village from where thet ferry Östern will take you to Rymättylä. The ferry ride takes about an hour and a half including a short stop at the island of Själö. Soon after you arrive at Rymättylä you can have a quick stop to climb up the restored WW2 air surveillance tower for a breathtaking view over the islands. Your accommodation is at a modern holiday resort outside the city centre or at your choice on a traditonal farm.
Day 3. Naantali – Kustavi, 50 km
Your second day of cycling will take you via Velkua and Taivassalo to Kustavi. The first part covers some rolling hills, but you are in no hurry to the next ferry. The route will take you over some bridges with magnificent views. Your accomodation is by the sea side in a small boathouse with in-suite toilett, showers are in separate sauna building.
Day 4. Kustavi – Korpo, 42 km
Shortly after departing in the morning you will take the ferry to the remote island of Iniö. Enjoy the nature trail which offers scenic views over the island and take a short stop in the local village. A one hour ferry ride with m/s Antonia will take you further to the island of Houtskär. In Houtskär you may visit the village with a museum with traditional boats and the charming wooden church. Continue along the winding roads to the ferry to Korpo and your accommodation situated by the sea side. You are welcome to enjoy a Finnish sauna and a dip in the sea .
Day 5. Korpo – Nagu, 40 km
After breakfast you will cycle back to Korpo village and continue to the ferry to the island of Nagu. We recommend a stop at the main village in Nagu which with its lively marina serves as a centre for the whole archipelago. If you prefer to stay one or two more days and relax in the Archipelago we recommend for the last night accomodation in Nagu in a cosy B&B. It is also possible to begin the tour from Turku and return to Turku from Nauvo directly by boat 5 days/week in June-August.
Price/ person 540,00 €
Single supplement 120,00 €
Price without a rental bike 440 €
E-bike rental 200,00 €
Extra night/ person 75,00 €
Prices include accommodation in shared double room & breakfast (4), sauna on day 3 &4, bike with helmet and panniers, luggage storage in Nagu during the trip, required ferry tickets and free parking space.
You can start on the self guided tour every day during the sommer period 15.5. – 27.8.2020
The shorter Archipelago Trail
This 3 and a half day circular independent cycle tour starts from Turku. You will be visiting both small towns and the island villages connected by bridges and ferries. The roads are paved and partly there are separate cycle lanes. The route profile is relatively easy, but with some rolloing hills on second day.
Individual arrival to Turku. Accommodation in ***hotel in city centre. Explore Turku, the oldest city in Finland in the afternoon. You are welcome to store extra luggage at the hotel during your tour.
Day 2. Turku – Nagu (Nauvo in Finnish), 55 km
The first day of cycling will take you through the small archipelago towns of Kaarina and Pargas before arriving at the island of Nagu by ferry. Pargas offers great opportunitites for a detour if you want to explore castle ruins, museums or even a big open limestone mine. There will also be several idyllic cafées and handicraft shops. Your accomodation at Nagu will be in thev tiny but lively Nagu village or at B&B Västergård, in a converted barn in the country side.
Day 3. Nagu – Naantali, 35 km
After breakfast you will start by boarding, the morning or midday ferry over to Rymättylä. The ferry ride is about one hour. You can also stop by the island of Seili and participate a guided tour on this island with a cruel history of being a lepracy colony and deportation place for people with mental illnes, now the Archipelago Research Institute. From Seili you can continue to Rymättylä with the ferry. Soon after the harbour you can stop and climb up to the WW2 air surveillance tower for a view over the islands. Before reaching the busy Naantali you will pass Kultaranta, the summer residence of the president of Finland. Your accommodation is a little bit outside Naantali in Kultaranta Resort. In the evening you have time to explore the cosy wooden houses in the city center and restaurants along the shore line.
Day 4. Naantali – Turku, 15 km
The third day is only a short distance back to Turku. Individual departure from Turku, alternatively spend the day and an optional night in Turku.
Archipelago Visit price
Price/ person 465,00 €
Single supplement 120,00 €
Price without a rental bike 365 €
Electrical bike rental 160,00 €
Extra night / person 75,00 €
The price includes accommodation in shared double room with breakfast (3), bike with helmet and panniers, storage of excess luggage in Turku, required ferry tickets, route guide with map. The tour is available for start every day during the season from mid May to the end of September.