Summer is a traditional season for tourism and travel in the Finnish archipelago. Museums, shops, accommodation, restaurants and churches are all open and ready for individual and group visitors. Nature is lush and beautiful in this season, and weather is usually pleasantly warm, not too hot nor too cold.
Spring and fall are also good seasons to visit the archipelago, especially late spring and early fall. The region is peaceful but everything is still available according to request for groups. There is less traffic and you get to experience the starry night sky and deep silence and soundscape of the island region.
Darkness comes early during the fall and winter, but this is not a bad thing. Atmosphere, open skies and dark waters relax the mind and body. Cottage accommodation with fireplace, sauna and some daily activity outside in nature, are a memorable experience for travelers coming from crowded countries.
COVID-19: The pandemic is not a hinderence to group travel, when group size is managed and safe distance and hygiene is taken care of.
Pargas: Modern & Medieval
On this historical tour, you will get to know the unassuming splendor of Medieval catholic times in Pargas and Kaarina; an era hidden amidst the lush and inviting countryside.
During the trip history will be dived into through local important figures like bishop Maunu Tavast, the Fleming nobles and interesting Medieval destinations like the ruins of Kuusisto bishop’s castle and Pargas stone church. Atmospheric local sites and homey restaurants will give their own personal flair to this outing.
Nauvo - Heart of The Archipelago
Come join us on this tour of the most popular local destinations of the Finnish archipelago. Nauvo, an old ship building village that used to be known across the Baltic sea and known today Finland’s most pulsing guest harbor, is a must visit on the Archipelago Trail.
Nauvo has a lot of summer inhabitants and is a comfortable boat and car trip away from Turku. The island has an interesting history as a sea fearing and ship building village, which can be seen in the little local Maritime museum, in the medieval St Olaf’s church and its graveyard. Many local business owners are descendants of sea faring families and most families have been on these islands for centuries, originally allocated from Sweden and other Scandinavian countries. Today’s Nauvo has many unique restaurants, nice little shops and a good beach. Welcome to this little pearl of the Baltic sea!
Korppoo - Island Around a Village
Welcome to Korppoo island, a place with a calm human pace, plenty of wild nature and pleasant countryside, beautiful views and a vibrant history full of secrets from our prohibition era.
During the prohibition era of Finland, the archipelago and Korppoo especially, was a hub of illegal alcohol trafficking. Secrets and danger are at the center of many stories of this eventful age in the otherwise quiet archipelago, which is still visible in Korppoo in places like Hjalmars restaurant & Inn. Korppoo also has some beautiful sights in the main village and at the southern edge of the island, where rock and dining meets the sea.
Best of Kimito Island
This contrastfull excursion across the great park-like countryside of Kimito island takes you all the way to the cool and windy sights from Kasnäs peninsula, a popular port stretching into the Baltic sea.
We will begin by visiting Söderlångvik manor, which was the home of local figure Amos Anderson. He was a wealthy man and founded our nation’s most notable newspaper in Swedish, Huvudstadsbladet. Amos was also known as a patron of the arts and a notable art collection adorns the manor today. Amos was renowned in culture circles and had many famous visitors in his manor.
Today the manor has vast gardens with a wide array of planted tree species and apple orchards and greenhouses which produce fruits and vegetables for purchase also for visitors. We will take a walking tour of the manor and have coffee at their cafe.
After our coffee break, we will continues toward Kasnäs and cross over Lövö bridge, with amazing views over the archipelago. In Kasnäs, we will enjoy lunch at Kasnäs Paviljong buffet. We will relax by the glistening sea and have a gander at Dalbrusk guld’s beautiful jewellery. You can buy affordable jewellery from the shops by the shore and the factory outlet.
Seili - Island of Souls
The lush meadows and groves of Seili coupled with its woeful yet hopeful history as an asylum and hospice, create an interesting contrast. The island also hosts the Archipelago Research Institute of Turku University. This popular destination reachable only by ferry or boat, will be a great addition to your holiday in the Turku region.
Previously used as a place of expulsion and healing for lepers and other unwanted persons, the island opens a window to a part of history we can be happy we have evolved from. Seili has been called and island of no return. The patients came to the island with material for their own coffins and never left. Now the island is peaceful and open for exploration along its many paths crossing into idyllic historical courtyards and traditional grazing landscapes with unique flora and fauna. On our guided tour you will be acquainted with the nature, history and research conduected the island.
Turu - Island City
Turku is not only built on hills, but on islands. Come tour the idyllic islands of Hirvensalo and Kakskerta which are popular local destinations for recreation and weekend trips, and among the most prized suburban areas in Turku. Experience some of Turku’s most scenic sites with neoclassical and modern day architecture.
First we will visit Brinkhall manor, which is the earliest of our country’s neoclassical manor houses. The gardens and parks of the manor have been planted way back in 18th century, in part even earlier. The English park of Brinkhall is one of the oldest landscaped gardens in Finland. We will also visit the ecumenical art chapel of St Henry, which is reminiscent of an upturned boat. We will also visit the Kakskerta church built in 1770.