Easy
Difficulty level
Cycling
Activity (Bike)
6 Night, 7 Day
Duration

Finland: Turku & Åland Islands Bike

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


“Day 6, almost all off road and through the river, is a dream ride and is the reason I returned to Iceland” – Janice K


WHY THIS TRIP?

  • Excellent cycling culture; quiet roads, paved paths, coastal vistas.
  • Tiny, brightly coloured seaside villages.
  • Deliciously fresh fruit and vegetables and craft beer.
  • Friendly, charming inns.
  • Complex history.
  • Ferry hopping to beautiful small islands.

 

ROUTE EXPECTATIONS:

The easiest routes we offer, these are generally flat and cover relatively relaxed distances. You will be comfortable riding a hybrid bike, walking in sneakers, or paddling a light kayak, and will normally have time to take many photos and enjoy extended lunches.


40-60km daily of easy cycling from vibrant Turku to the low-lying coastal roads of the Aland Islands. Options available for afternoon sea kayaking on day five.


Daily Distance:

  • DAY 1: Introductions
  • DAY 2: ~63 km
  • DAY 3: ~47 km
  • DAY 4: ~64 km
  • DAY 5: ~58 km
  • DAY 6: ~69 km
  • DAY 7: Farewells

Elevation Profile:

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Not sure about difficulties, and support level? Check out our What to Expect page!

 

Start: Turku, Park Hotel, 16:00, day one.

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

Please contact us to arrange alternate plans, if necessary.

1

Introductions

Meet your guides in 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

2

Turku to Korpo Island ~56km

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

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

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

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

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

7

Farewells

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

All details and pricing are subject to change without notice.


WHAT’S INCLUDED IN THE COST OF YOUR TRIP?

Not sure about difficulties, and support level? Check out our What to Expect page!

Guided: C 4785 (per person, double occupancy)

Includes 7 days, 6 nights, 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners, ferries, van support, full-time guide, luggage handling, maps and route instructions, taxes

Does not include bike rentals & single supplement charges (pricing can be found in next booking step), airfare to/from tour, and guide(s) gratuities.


Self-Guided: C 4145 (per person, double occupancy)

Includes 7 days, 6 nights, 6 breakfasts, inn to inn luggage transfers, maps and route instructions, essential transfers, on-call emergency support, taxes

Does not include bike rentals & single supplement charges (pricing can be found in next booking step), airfare to/from tour, all lunches, all dinners, and driver gratuities.

All details and pricing are subject to change without notice.


2022 Guided dates:

  • May 28-Jun 1
  • Jun 25-Jul 1
  • Aug 6-12

2023 Guided dates:

  • May 27-Jun 2
  • Jun 24-20
  • Aug 5-11

Self-Guided available any dates, except for those listed above. New dates are also welcomed for guided or private departures.

Interested in custom or private departures?


Please see above for accurate pricing and inclusions, unless we have proposed a customized trip for you and those details are provided in your custom proposal.

1. Choose an advertised date to join a small group, or see our Join a Group page to see where groups are already forming.

2. Pick your own dates. We will confirm quickly, and are happy to talk with you as you make your choice. If you would like a private guided date, price remains the same as advertised if you have at least six. If you prefer self-guided, we usually only require two participants to initiate a new date at the advertised price, and can sometimes reduce prices for you if you have four or more.

 
PLEASE NOTE: Trip Cancellation Insurance is highly recommended. Please ask us for a no-obligation quote from our insurance providers: Century Insurance, or CSA Travel Protection.

More Reading:


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.