Length: 120 km
Time: 2-3 days
The Small Archipelago Trail is a shorter option of the main Archipelago Trail. It turns off the large trail in Nagu where you take a ferry via the remarkable Seili Island directly to Hanka in Naantali. The Small Archipelago Trail is a roundtrip that is only about 120 km. The route runs through five towns, fifteen permanently inhabited islands and some smaller uninhabited islands.
By cycling around the Small Archipelago Trail by bike you get more flexibility than by motorbike or car and during the whole way you can enjoy unbelievable sceneries around you. Your surroundings are changing frequently and rapidly from rocky islets to the green countryside of the inner archipelago with its red wooden houses.
Along the trail, you can find interesting sights, local food, cultural events, shops, historical museums, rural villages and places to stay.
Fully open during summer. Please check the tab “CURRENT INFORMATION” for updated information.
Rest stopsSolliden Camping
Sattmark kaffe & safka
The number one rule is: wear a helmet!
- Make sure you are familiar with traffic rules in Finland.
- Be visible. Make sure that the lamps of your bike function normally. In Finland, your bike lights must be on when biking at dusk or in the dark. Wearing a safety vest makes you more visible to others.
- Biking alone is not recommended. When biking in a group, aid is near if you need it.
- Summer weather in Finland can be unpredictable. Daylight hours are plentiful in the summer, but nights can be cold. Whenever the temperature drops below freezing, roads and paths can get icy and slippery. Studs in tires are recommended in spring, fall and winter.
- Help us to prevent forest fires and grass fires. In Finland, a fire warning is given when the risk of quickly spreading forest fire or grass fire is high. Don’t make a fire when there’s a fire warning in effect. It is your responsibility to be aware of warnings in effect. For up-to-date warnings of storms and forest fire hazards, see the website of the Finnish Meteorological Institute (en.ilmatieteenlaitos.fi).
- Carry a fully charged mobile phone. However, do not rely on it. Not all areas have mobile network coverage. Battery may also run out.
- Emergency number in Finland is 112. You can call 112 from a foreign mobile phone connection, too. Consider downloading the 112 Suomi application beforehand. It enables the automatic delivery of your coordinates to the emergency service dispatcher when dialing 112.
Especially in the Archipelago
- Be careful when crossing Sattmark Bridge, it is narrow and there is no cycle path.
- At the ferries, please follow the directions of the ferry loading staff. Normally cyclists are loaded and unloaded last.
- In Nagu cars tend to come in bursts according to the ferry arrivals. It can be a good idea to wait at a bus stop for the cars to pass and then enjoy the peace of the road.
- If you are in a large group, please keep spaces in the group to make it easier for the cars to pass.
- On smaller winding roads, please remember that cars can appear unexpectedly from both directions, cycle with care.
Text from Biking in Finland
Tips and hints
The trail has attracted cyclists, bikers and motorists for over 20 years. Island hopping is the route’s specialty.
Cycling is great in the Archipelago May, through to the end of September but the whole trail is only open for a round trip between mid-May and the end of August. The archipelago itself is open year-round.
Out of the main season, you can make a return journey by bus, continue to The Åland Islands or use the pick-up, drop-off bike hire service. E-bike hire from 10bikes.
Please check the tab “CURRENT INFORMATION” for the updated summer schedule for the Ferry between Nagu and Rymättylä via Seili.
There are many charming small islands to visit near the trail such as the Island of Seili and its grim past. Find more tips and information on www.visitpargas.fi
The Small Archipelago Trail is perfect if you are short on time but want to experience the most of the archipelago.
The Small Archipelago Trail starts from the centre of Turku in the southwest coast of Finland and can be cycled clockwise or counter-clockwise.
Turku is easily reached from Helsinki, Tampere and the rest of Finland by both bus and . There are even direct busses from Helsinki airport. Turku (TKU) has an international airport with direct flights and onward connections to a wide variety of destinations.
Four daily sailings connect Turku with Stockholm and the Åland islands. The operators are Vikingline and TallinkSilja.
There is a good bus service between Turku and Nagu, busses 810 and 901 - 904 http://tlo.fi/reitit-ja-aikataulut/saaristobussi/
Naantali can be reached by local bus from Turku.
A tourist boat can take you and your bike from the center of Turku directly to Seili and Nagu and back.
ParkingThere is plenty of free parking in the villages and towns along the route with the exception of Naantali where most parking has to be paid for.
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The first thing you need is a bike. For paved roads, a regular road bike will do. If you plan to travel along unpaved paths, a mountain bike is recommended. The second crucial item is a helmet. Before hitting the road, check that brakes, lamps, and gear of your bike function normally. Depending on the length of your bike tour, you may also need:
- Bike bags, preferably waterproof
- Multi-tool, bike tools, a patch kit and a wheel pump
- Drinking water, snacks, meals and cutlery
- Up-to-date map of the area
- First aid kit
- A backpack with rain cover
- Clothes and personal belongings - the archipelago can be cooler than the mainland because of the sea although there is generally less rainfall in summer.
- Ferry timetables or the Finferries app.
Text from Biking in Finland
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