Turku and the Åland Islands Bike Tour
Six nights; five days of bicycle touring on quiet paved roads through the Turku Archipelago and the Åland Islands.
Start: Turku, Park Hotel, 16:00, day one. Please contact us to arrange pickup fom the Turku Airport or an alternate hotel.
Finish: Mariehamn Airport, 10:00, day seven. Flights and ferries available to Stockholm, Helsinki, Riga and Tallinn.
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, Turku
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
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
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
Saltvik to Havsvidden 32km (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
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. BLD
Hotel Arkipelag, Mariehamn
Say farewell to your guides after breakfast and either return to Turku on the ferry, stay in Aland, or sail/fly to Stockholm, Helsinki, Tallinn or Riga, all of which are well connected through Mariehamn. B
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 island’s of Åland, and the nearby Turku Archipelago, are a cyclists 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
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.
Turku, Park Hotel,16:00, day one. Please contact us to arrange pickup from an alternate hotel or the Turku Airport.
Mariehamn Airport, 10:00, day seven. Flights and ferries available to Stockholm, Helsinki, Riga and Tallinn.
All details and pricing are subject to change without notice.
Custom or Private Tours
Want to go but on different dates?
Want to make a change to the itinerary?
We can adapt for you!
Here are some terms:
Bring your friends. We will run most of these trips for you whenever you want, at the advertised price for a group of four or more on a guided trip, or two if it's self-guided! We reserve the right to make changes if the original inns, etc. are already booked.
If you cannot find others, let us advertise the trip for you! Give us a commitment as far in advance as you can. As long as we have the minimum number of guests at the start, the price will be as advertised. The catch is that if it is just two of you and you want a guided trip, you must be willing to pay a 20% premium in the event that others do not join you. The bright side is that, once reserved, you can count on the trip, whether it remains private or becomes a larger group.
Ask for changes to the itinerary.
We are very flexible, and given enough time, can create a new itinerary to match your desires.