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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 near 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.
Then the trail continued over the Särkänsalmen Silta (bridge).
From the Särkänsalmen Silta (bridge) I had a nice view of 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.
Then I came across a bird tower just after Raisio and I decided to explore it a bit.
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 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.
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.
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.
When I arrived in Hepponimi harbor 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 for the whole trip. Transportation, however, was free of charge.
Looking backward from the ferry. Hepponimi – the place where the ferry left.
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.
At Kannvik harbor were only a few cars queuing for the ferry.
Once I arrived in Kannvik I cycled straight to the next ferry point. There were no significant sights or attractions on the way.
Need to get to the other site with the ferry? Just push the button to call the ferry. Great service!
There was a “traffic light” mounted on the ferry which showed which cars could leave from which lane.
An old farmhouse nearby Iniö. The old car in front of it was quite interesting.
The Iniö church was built in the 18th century.
A sailing ship hanging from the ceiling of the church – a quite common feature across the churches in this region (also in Sweden).
Distances are shown in Iniö. I followed the direction to the Lanthandel Kauppa to have my breakfast.
Maypoles were also a common feature on The Turku Archipelago Trail.
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.
At Iniö were ferries leaving to two different locations – I took the one to Houtskari.
I paid 15 EUR to get on my bicycle onto the ferry. There was also a cafe on board.
And I saw so many sailing ships on my bicycle trip.
Then we arrived in Mossala and the Mossala Island Resort was probably “the place to sleep” on this island.
Again there was a nice maypole and an old windmill. I have seen the same kind of windmill already in different places in Western Finland.
The next ferry went from Mossala to Björkö. Again free of charge.
At 1 pm I felt a bit hungry and decided to have lunch in the 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.
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.
And again a maypole.
From Kivimio I took the next ferry to Roslax.
And then the ferry from Houtskär to Korpo which was one of the longer ferry trips.
After a few ferry trips I finally arrived in Nagu (or Nauvo).
Again there was a sailing ship attached to the ceiling of the church.
The Nagu (or Nauvo) church was built in the 1400-century.
My Surly Disc Trucker still made a good impression after 200 km cycling.
Nauvo is the biggest town on the islands. Nauvo has a nice harbor with plenty of restaurants.
There was also a Tourist Information at the harbor in Nouvo.
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 on the same day.
View from the Norrströmmenin bridge.
Unfortunately, I did not spot any reindeers on my trip.
Again I had to take a ferry from Parainen to Nauvo.
The Kirjalansalmen silta (bridge) was probably the most impressive bridge on this trail.
Enjoyed a last view from the next bridge and then I arrived in Turku.
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.