Last Friday I was cycling from Turku along The Turku Archipelago Trail - a 250 km trip around the Turku Archipelago. The whole bicycle trip took me 27 hours to complete and I spent 1 night in my tent nearby the ferry harbor leaving from Kustavi. I have planned this summer bicycle trip already a long time ago but never had time to cycle it. I am also interested to do a bicycle tour in Åland but this won’t happen this year anymore. Below you can see my Surly Disc Trucker on a bridge in Turku. I just bought a pair of Ortlieb Back Roller Classics a week ago as well.


My first stop was the church in Raisio.

The Turku Archipelago Trail | Saariston Rengastie Raisio Church

Then the trail continued over the Särkänsalmen Silta (bridge).

The Turku Archipelago Trail | Saariston Rengastie Särkänsalmen Silta

From the Särkänsalmen Silta (bridge) I had a nice view over the sea. There were so many bridges on this trail that you don’t have to rush to get a good picture from any of those bridges.

The Turku Archipelago Trail | Saariston Rengastie Särkänsalmen Silta

Then I came across a bird tower just after Raisio and I decided to explore it a bit.

The Turku Archipelago Trail | Saariston Rengastie Raisio Bird Tower Lintu Tori

Those signs on the road could be found along The Turku Archipelago Trail and it’s a good idea to have them there so you know that you are on the right track.

The Turku Archipelago Trail | Saariston Rengastie

The neoclassical Askaisten Church was the next highlight on The Turku Archipelago Trail which dates back form the 17th century and was the chapel of the Louhisaari Manor where the Mannerheim family used to live. The church is also part of the oldest tourist route in Finland - the Seven Churches Tour.

The Turku Archipelago Trail | Saariston Rengastie Askaisten Church Kirkko

Just next to the Askaisten Church is the ‘Askaisten Ritaripuisto’ - or The Knights’ Park which was founded in 2007 to honor the Finnish war veterans. The stone shows the Mannerheim Cross.

The Turku Archipelago Trail | Saariston Rengastie Askaisten Ritaripuisto The Knights' Park

My trip continued to Kustavi along fields and bridges. Fortunately, the full moon lightened up the night so it was not too dark to cycle. The road felt a bit dangerous to cycle during the night as there were quite a few cars passing by with very high speed. Once I arrived nearby the Hepponiemi ferry at 12 pm I decided to pitch my Marmot Force UL 2P tent (which Marmot provided me for my trips this year) nearby the street as the first ferry was about to leave at around 8 am.

The Turku Archipelago Trail | Saariston Rengastie moon

The next morning I woke up at 7 am. I packed my tent and my other gear into my Ortlieb Backroller Classic bags and cycled to the harbour.

The Turku Archipelago Trail | Saariston Rengastie Marmot Force UL 2P Surly Disc Trucker

When I arrived in Hepponimi harbour there were already quite a few cars queuing to get onto the ferry to Iniö. There were only 2 others with their bicycles. Once I went on board I discovered that there was also a cafe. Unfortunately, it was closed during the whole trip. Transportation however was free of charge.

The Turku Archipelago Trail | Saariston Rengastie Iniö finnferry hepponimi

Looking backwards from the ferry. Hepponimi - the place where the ferry left.

The Turku Archipelago Trail | Saariston Rengastie Kustavi Iniö ferry Aura

On the way from Hepponimi to Kannvik. It felt a bit cold and windy but I always like to be on the sea and really enjoyed it.

The Turku Archipelago Trail | Saariston Rengastie Kustavi Iniö harbour satama Kannvik Hepponiemi

At Kannvik harbour were only a few cars queuing for the ferry.

The Turku Archipelago Trail | Saariston Rengastie Kustavi Iniö aura ferry

Once I arrived in Kannvik I cycled straight to the next ferry point. There were no significant sights or attractions on the way.

The Turku Archipelago Trail | Saariston Rengastie Iniö ferry

Need to get to the other site with the ferry? Just push the button to call the ferry. Great service!

The Turku Archipelago Trail | Saariston Rengastie ferry Iniö

The Turku Archipelago Trail | Saariston Rengastie farm

There was a “traffic light” mounted on the ferry which showed which cars could leave from which lane.

The Turku Archipelago Trail | Saariston Rengastie Iniö farm house

An old farm house nearby Iniö. The old car in front of it was quite interesting.

The Turku Archipelago Trail | Saariston Rengastie Iniö church

The Iniö church was built in the 18th century.

The Turku Archipelago Trail | Saariston Rengastie Iniö church kirkko

A sailing ship hanging from the ceiling of the church - a quite common feature accross the churches in this region (also in Sweden).

The Turku Archipelago Trail | Saariston Rengastie Iniö church

Distances shown in Iniö. I followed the direction to the Lanthandel Kauppa to have my breakfast.

The Turku Archipelago Trail | Saariston Rengastie Iniö signs

Maypoles were also a common feature on The Turku Archipelago Trail.

The Turku Archipelago Trail | Saariston Rengastie maypole Iniö

At Iniö Landhandel I had my breakfast. A group of motorcycle riders from the previous ferry were also there. I ordered tea and had a pastry - also called Wiener in Finland.

The Turku Archipelago Trail | Saariston Rengastie Iniö Landhandel

At Iniö were ferries leaving to two different locations - I took the one to Houtskari.

The Turku Archipelago Trail | Saariston Rengastie ferry Houtskari Iniö

I paid 15 EUR to get with my bicycle onto the ferry. There was also a cafe on board.

The Turku Archipelago Trail | Saariston Rengastie ferry Houtskari Iniö

And I saw so many sailing ships on my bicycle trip.

The Turku Archipelago Trail | Saariston Rengastie ferry Houtskari Iniö sailing ship

Then we arrived in Mossala and the Mossala Island Resort was probably “the place to sleep” on this island.

The Turku Archipelago Trail | Saariston Rengastie Mossala Island Resort Harbour

Again there was a nice maypole and an old windmill. I have seen the same kind of windmill already on different places in Western Finland.

The Turku Archipelago Trail | Saariston Rengastie Mossala windmill maypole

The Turku Archipelago Trail | Saariston Rengastie Mossala wind mill

The next ferry went from Mossala to Björkö. Again free of charge.

The Turku Archipelago Trail | Saariston Rengastie Mossala Farm

At 1 pm I felt a bit hungry and decided to have lunch in the Pub Pelago.

The Turku Archipelago Trail | Saariston Rengastie Björkö Pub Pelago

I ordered a Halloumi salad and paid 9.80 EUR. There was also a bigger portion available for 15 EUR and it was really delicious. I can recommend you to stop by there as well. They are also selling burgers.

The Turku Archipelago Trail | Saariston Rengastie Pub Pelago Mossala halloumi salad pub pelago

After lunch I continued cycling in Björkö. One ferry employee told me that the population is 80% Swedish and 20% Finnish speaking on these islands.

The Turku Archipelago Trail | Saariston Rengastie björkö cycling

And again a maypole.

The Turku Archipelago Trail | Saariston Rengastie Björkö Maypole Wicked Chilli Bike Mount

From Kivimio I took the next ferry to Roslax.

The Turku Archipelago Trail | Saariston Rengastie Kivimo Roslax ferry

And then the ferry from Houtskär to Korpo which was one of the longer ferry trips.

The Turku Archipelago Trail | Saariston Rengastie Houtskär Korpo ferry

The Turku Archipelago Trail | Saariston Rengastie Mossala Björkö

The Turku Archipelago Trail | Saariston Rengastie Mossala Björkö

The Turku Archipelago Trail | Saariston Rengastie Sailing Ship

The Turku Archipelago Trail | Saariston Rengastie Roslax Kivimo färja

The Turku Archipelago Trail | Saariston Rengastie kykrka Korpo Houtskär ferry

After a few ferry trips I finally arrived in Nagu (or Nauvo).

The Turku Archipelago Trail | Saariston Rengastie Nauvo Church nagu

Again there was a sailing ship attached to the ceiling of the church.

The Turku Archipelago Trail | Saariston Rengastie Nauvo Church nagu kykrka ship

The Nagu (or Nauvo) church was built in the 1400-century.

The Turku Archipelago Trail | Saariston Rengastie Nauvo Church nagu kykrka

My Surly Disc Trucker still made a good impression after 200 km cycling.

The Turku Archipelago Trail | Saariston Rengastie Surly Disc Trukker

Nauvo is the biggest town on the islands. Nauvo has a nice harbour with plenty of restaurants.

The Turku Archipelago Trail | Saariston Rengastie Nauvo Nagu restaurants

The Turku Archipelago Trail | Saariston Rengastie Nauvo Nagu harbour

There was also a Tourist Information at the harbour in Nouvo.

The Turku Archipelago Trail | Saariston Rengastie Nauvo Nagu Tourist Information

After having bought some snacks in the local grocery store I decided to continue my bicycle trip. Only 60 km left to Turku. Initially, I have planned another night in a tent but decided to cycle back home at the same day.

The Turku Archipelago Trail | Saariston Rengastie fields autumn

View from the Norrströmmenin bridge.

The Turku Archipelago Trail | Saariston Rengastie Norrströmmenin silta bridge

Unfortuantely, I did not spot any reindeers on my trip.

The Turku Archipelago Trail | Saariston Rengastie road sign reindeer

Again I had to take a ferry from Parainen to Nauvo.

The Turku Archipelago Trail | Saariston Rengastie Ferry Prostvik Lillmälö

The Kirjalansalmen silta (bridge) was probably the most impressive bridge on this trail.

The Turku Archipelago Trail | Saariston Rengastie Kirjalansalmen silta

Enjoyed a last view from the next bridge and then I arrived in Turku.

The Turku Archipelago Trail | Saariston Rengastie

Conclusion

I really enjoyed this bicycle trip but I would only recommend the part from Kustavi to Turku. The part between Turku and Kustavi is not that exciting except the city of Naantali (one of the highlights on this trip) and maybe the Askainen Knights Park and Louhisaari Manor (which I did not visit). Also I was cycling quite fast so you should probably add another day into your itinerary in case you are planning to cycle The Turku Archipelago Trail as well. It might be also a good idea to spend a few days on the islands to explore them or to relax especially if the scenery is new for you.


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