Join Elina on the “ladies only” cycle touring holiday in the idyllic Finnish Archipelago. We’ll cycle at slow pace, appreciating the summer; take breaks to enjoy lunch at cafes and quiet beaches. We’ll cycle through tranquil villages, pop in to boutique shops and take short walks to viewpoints. We’ll have a chance to learn about the history of the region; learn about its architecture and visit old buildings and small village museums.
I’ve never done cycle touring, can I go?
You don’t need any previous cycle touring experience, nor do you need to be super fit to join. It is enough that you can handle a 10 km cycling comfortably. Our daily routes vary from 25 to 35 km, but we travel slowly and take enough breaks that everyone can enjoy the trip. We will cycle about 10 km at each leg, after which we’ll take a break.
In total the journey is about 135 km, of which part is covered on ferries. You can bring your own bike and panniers, but those can also be rented through us. After paying the confirmation fee, you will receive a list of what you need to bring with you and instructions for packing the panniers. You will transport all your luggage with you, the support car is not going to follow us on the journey. However, if you have other luggage you’d like to leave behind, that is possible.
Why should I go on a guided cycle tour?
While enjoying the cycle touring holiday, you will get advice on some basic cycling technique, bike maintenance, route planning and safety on the tour tips. The aim is, that after the trip, you are able to plan your next cycle touring holiday independently. We’ll also practice to slow down and be present in the moment, skills which you can take back to your everyday life.
|group-size||3 – 6 women|
|duration||3 Nights / 4 days|
We start the tour from Taivassalo, where you can arrive by bus. If you are renting a bike with us, we can help with the transfers. Before the departure, we will check the bikes and gear and go through the safety on the road brief.
After a short cycle, we will arrive to our first ferry crossing to Iniö, a region of almost a thousand little islands. After some 25 km of cycling, we’ll have a traditional local dinner together to share the experiences of the first day.
Our journey continues on the quiet roads and ferry connections of the archipelago. Traveling past hundreds of small islands, we visit small villages where we can admire the hundred year old buildings and Midsummers’ poles which have been erected just a week before.
We visit the Näsby village, which is listed in the Finnish National Board of Antiques list of important cultural heritage and have a guided tour in the museum. Again, the cycling in total for the day is about 25 km.
We’ll head towards Nagu, cycling pass thousands of little islands, cross bridges and ferries. In the afternoon we’ll arrive to the Nagu guest harbour, which has often been selected as the most beautiful guest harbour in Finland. We’ll have the evening to enjoy this vibrant place, where you could easily stay a bit longer. Day’s cycling about 30 km
In the morning we leave our bikes at the B&B and take a ferry to Seili island. The island has a sad history – in the 1600 there was a leprosy hospital and later, until the 1960’s, a mental institute. Today it is home to Turku University’s Marine institute. Regardless of its dark history, the island is a popular day trip destination for its beauty.
We’ll take a ferry back to Nagu and after a lunch break we start the last leg of our trip. Parainen is officially the last stop together, there are good bus connections to Turku and Helsinki from here. The total distance cycled is about 30 km.
If you wish to try cycling a longer day, you can join your guide and cycle an added 25 km all the way to Turku. Keeping the same pleasant speed, you can get the feeling of what is considered a pretty standard cycle touring day distance for beginners.
The price 520€ (470€ early bird special) inc vat
Guiding and cycle touring instructions 4 days
Group size 3-6 women
3 nights in shared B&B rooms
1 dinner (first night)
Cycle rental 70-100€ extra
Additional costs to take into account:
Lunches and snacks, dinners. Restaurants and cafes serve a variety of mainly local food, it is also possible to buy food from the grocery shops and eat a picnic outside.
Personal gear; clothes, bike, panniers, helmet (obligatory)
Travel insurance (we always recommend you to make sure you have a full cover on your travel insuranse for the intended activity)
Travel costs before departure / after finishing in Parainen / Turku
To book your place, contact us via the Book now link and we’ll be in touch with you as soon as possible. There is a reservation fee of 100€ payable to reserve your place. The rest will be invoiced 2 weeks prior to trip or can be payed at your arrival.
The daily distances are short, so you will be fine with just a normal city bike too, however, gears do make a big difference. If you are bringing your own bike, make sure you have it serviced before the trip, especially brakes need to be in good condition.
After you have paid the reservation fee, you will get a detailed list of what to bring. Please notice, there is no car traveling with us, but you will need to carry all your gear in your panniers.