Cycling : THE COASTAL ROUTE IN FINLAND 2020

Explore the Baltic Sea coast, and its islands and bays, on this extremely varied route including harbour towns, local artisans at work, restored ironworks, medieval castle ruins, national parks, and peaceful cycling roads though idyllic countryside. A foodies delight, choose dinner from small restaurants cooking with local ingredients, taste local beer from micro-breweries, and for the sweet-tooth there are little chocolate shops, cafes, and bakeries along the way.

Stay in a combination of seaside hotels, a former scissors factory, and a quiet part of the city of Salo with easy access to Helsinki airport. Bicycle hire with panniers and helmets is included, plus a route information booklet, an electronic route as a .GPX file, for your phone or navigation device, cycling maps, luggage transportation, and emergency service.

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See also our other cycling tour Island Hopping by Bike.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

Explore the Baltic Sea coast, and its islands and bays, on this extremely varied route including harbour towns, local artisans at work, restored ironworks, medieval castle ruins, national parks, and peaceful cycling roads though idyllic countryside. A foodies delight, choose dinner from small restaurants cooking with local ingredients, taste local beer from micro-breweries, and for the sweet-tooth there are little chocolate shops, cafes, and bakeries along the way.

• The route is extremely varied and this is one of its main selling points
• Start the tour in Hanko, Finland's old spa town by the sea. Great harbour restaurants. Come a day early and take an excursion to see Bengtskär Lighthouse
• Tammissaari, small coastal town with a charming old section with old painted wooden houses.
• An in-land ride to Fiskars where you can see artisans at work and taste locally-produced beer and gin.
• Some great little restaurants to taste local food

ITINERARY

DAY 1 ARRIVAL TO HANKO
Personal arrival to Hanko, a former spa town, a lovely location by the sea. Come a day early and enjoy a boat trip onto the Baltic Sea to see the Bengtskär Lighthouse. Or visit Hanko Water tower, standing 65m above sea level, with a fantastic view in all directions including the lighthouses out to sea.
Choose a local restaurant for dinner, with several in the harbour close to your hotel.
Overnight in Hanko (breakfast)

DAY 2 HANKO TO TAMMISAARI (45km)
After collecting your bicycles explore the hidden harbours and backroads to the north of the town before leaving to Tammisaari along the quiet coastal route. Visit the amazing Hanko Front Museum along the way.
Tammisaari again has a seaside location plus a picturesque Old Town of historic wooden houses.
Choose a local restaurant for dinner.
Overnight in Tammisaari (breakfast)

DAY 3 TAMMISAARI-FISKARS (58km)
Heading away from the sea today, a beautiful ride through winding country lanes, visiting the ruins of Raseborgs Castle along the way. In Fiskars you can see local artisans at work, and taste beer and gin from the local producers.
Overnight in Fiskars, (breakfast)

DAY 4 FISKARS-MATHILDEDAL (45km)
Head west though some typical rolling countryside, ending with a ride through the Teijo National Park. Choose a seaside restaurant for dinner.
Overnight in Mathildedal, (breakfast)

DAY 5 MATHILDEDAL-KIMITO ISLAND (57km)
Hop across the bridge this morning to Kimito Island, Finland's largest coastal island dotted with seaside villages, and with a special atmosphere of its own. Enjoy lunch from a choice of charming cafes, and dinner tonight is included in your
accommodation.
Overnight in Kimito Island, (breakfast + dinner)

DAY 6 KIMITO ISLAND-SALO (54km)
A beautiful ride north today, including one local ferry ride back on to the mainland. Choose a dinner restaurant in the town centre.
Overnight in Salo, (breakfast)

DAY 7: Personal departure from Salo - - there are excellent train connections back to Helsinki.

MAP

GOOD TO KNOW

• All accommodations have private bathrooms
• At the start and end of the tour we choose locations with good rail connections to Helsinki and Helsinki airport to make it easy to arrive and depart
• Beautiful natural locations include stays by the sea
• Most accommodations are located close to a choice of restaurants for dinner, except one, where dinner is included
• This is a self-guided cycling tour. Each guest receives a Route Information leaflet plus a downloadable link to the route as a .GPX file which can be easily imported to yur phone or navigation device
• On most departures there will be other guests cycling

DEPARTURE DATES in 2019

JUNE 16
JULY 7, 21,
AUGUST 4, 18

Prices in EUR (euros) :

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942 EUR per person sharing twin/double room
1384 EUR single room for single traveller

What's included:
- 6 nights accommodation with breakfast
- 1 x 3 course dinner
- 24-speed hybrid bicycle with panniers, repair kit, pump, helmet
- Cycling road map (1 for up to 2 persons)
- Route Information Leaflet in paper format and complete route in electronic .GPX format for download for those with GPS-compatible devices
- 24 hour emergency phone service
- Luggage transport between hotels (max 1 piece per person. 45 EUR per person per piece extra luggage)

Note:
- Reduction for using own bicycle:100 EUR

Extras possible on request:
• Extra nights in Tammisaari, Hanko, and Helsinki
• Train tickets between Helsinki and Tammisaari / Salo
• Accommodation in Helsinki
• Other services such as airport transfers, ferry excursions to Tallinn, Stockholm and St Petersburg

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