Finland:

Turku and the Åland Islands Bike Tour


Six nights; five days of bicycle touring on quiet roads and pathways through the Turku Archipelago and the Åland Islands.








Itinerary


Start: Turku, Park Hotel, 16:00, day one. Please contact us to arrange pickup from the Turku Airport or an alternate hotel.


Finish: Mariehamn, 10:00, day seven. Flights and ferries available to Stockholm, Helsinki, Riga and Tallinn.


Day 1

Meet in Turku

Meet your guides in downtown Turku, the oldest city in Finland and former national capital, for a bike fitting and short warm-up ride before dinner. Recognized as a European Capital of Culture in 2011, medieval Turku is split by the lazy Aura River and is home to cobblestone streets, an impressive castle, and a charming riverside promenade. D (Meal inclusions provided for guided trips. Self-guided trips include breakfast only)
Park Hotel, or

Radisson Blu Marina Palace Hotel;Turku

Day 2

Turku to Korpo Island

Starting in Pargas, today’s route follows the archipelago trail, a popular bike route that winds its way toward the open ocean across several islands with the help of bicycle-friendly ferries. Set amongst quiet forests, today’s smooth paved roads seem like they were built for bikes, not cars. The route finishes on the island of Korpo at a humble inn. Settle in for a relaxing night and prepare for your ferry trip to Åland tomorrow morning. BLD
Hotel Nestor, Korpo

Day 3

Ferry to Åland Islands (~5hrs), cycle to Saltvik 45km

After breakfast you will board an inter-island ferry at 10:00 to head to Fasta Åland, or Åland mainland. Winding through the archipelago, and calling in at several outlying islands on route, we like to think of this as more of a cruise than a ferry ride. Upon landing on Åland you will hop on your bike and head north toward the town of Saltvik and your cosy, family-run inn. BLD
Kvarnbo Guest House, Saltvik

Day 4

Vardö Loop 64km

With the help of bicycle ferries, today’s route circles out from Saltvik to Vardö Island, birthplace of two notable Finnish authors, Sally Salminen and Anni Blomqvist. On the way enjoy a picnic at the 19th-century Russian fortress at Bomarsund, a battleground during the Crimean war. After more island hopping the route loops back, via ferry, to Fasta Åland, and your inn in Saltvik and an independent dinner. BL
Same lodging

Day 5

Saltvik to Havsvidden 56km (Optional sea kayaking and hiking available)

Today’s route heads north toward the cliff-side resort at Havsvidden. Trading bikes for boots, or boats, you have plenty of options this afternoon. Scramble the rocky coast, kayak the gentle waters or curl up with a book at your uniquely modern hotel. BLD
Havsvidden Hotel, Havsvidden

Day 6

Havsvidden to Mariehamn 68km (Optional ride to Järsö)

Today you ride south along the western coast of Fasta Åland toward Mariehamn, the islands’ only city. Mariehamn, home to two ice-free harbours, an international port and a square-rigged floating museum, is one of Scandinavia’s most intriguing cities. Riders looking for more mileage today have the option to continue riding south along route 30 toward Järsö before returning to Mariehamn for the night. Your guides will bid you farewell this evening following dinner. BLD
Hotel Pommern, or Hotel Arkipelag, Mariehamn

Day 7

Farewell

Your tour concludes this morning following breakfast. From Mariehamn there are flights and ferries to many destinations throughout the Baltics and Scandinavia including Turku, Stockholm, Helsinki, Tallinn or Riga. B





Description



Note about the route:

40-60km daily. Easy cycling on quiet roads and paved paths from vibrant Turku to the low-lying coastal roads of the Aland Islands. Options available for afternoon sea kayaking on day six.



Not exactly Swedish, but not entirely Finnish either, the autonomous Åland Islands, a rocky chain of some 6500 skerries and islands spread across Finland’s Archipelago Sea, are a unique Nordic cycling destination. Scraped flat by enormous glaciers during the last Ice Age, the islands of Åland - and the nearby Turku Archipelago - are a cyclist's dream, laced with empty roads, coastal vistas, and tiny, brightly coloured seaside villages.


Starting in Turku, Finland’s oldest city, the route snakes westward through the southernmost islands of the Turku Archipelago before traveling via ferry to Åland. Turku, the most important city in Finland’s long history, is the gateway to the Archipelago Sea, and, in our opinion, the perfect starting point to explore the region’s islands.


Of Åland’s many islands, your route circumnavigates Fasta Åland, the largest and most populous, home to the largest city, Mariehamn, and the hulking Russian fortress of Bomarsund. Hopping on and off several small bike ferries, the route weaves around the coast, finishing back in Mariehamn where your trip ends. This charming maritime city has myriad options for further exploration of the Baltics, with direct flights and ferries to Stockholm, Helsinki, Riga and Tallinn.





Maps & Elevations




Click here for the elevation profile

Day # Daily distance
1
Introductions
2
~63 km
3
  ~47 km
4
  ~64 km
5
    ~58 km
6
  ~69 km
7
Farewell!





Learn more

Consider extending your Scandinavian adventure by joining one of Freewheeling's Iceland tours or our newest adventure to Norway's Lofoten Islands.

Helsinki and Stockholm are easily reachable from Mariehamn Airport, with several direct flights daily.

Turku, Helsinki, Tallinn and Stockholm can all be reached by ferry from the Mariehamn ferry terminal.





Costs

US 3695 C 4395

(per person, includes 7 days, 6 nights, 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners, ferries, van support, full-time guide, luggage handling, maps and route notes, taxes.)

US 3295 C 3895

(per person includes 7 days, 6 nights, 6 breakfasts, luggage transfers, maps and route notes, essential shuttles, emergency support, taxes).

Single Occupancy

US 620 C 735

Bicycle Rental

Hybrid: US 225 C 265
Electric-assist: US 415 C 495

All details and pricing are subject to change without notice.