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Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Helsinki, Finland
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The leg from Turku to Helsinki is fairly dull IMO, considering you plan to take the ferry past one of our best cycling routes, namely the Åland / Turku archipelago trail
. Not much mileage in the archipelago to be covered (the islands are small for the most part, with a lot of ferry hopping in between), but scenery is great and there's not much traffic. Personally I'd rather spend the two days in the archipelago, then catch a train from Turku to Helsinki. You will need to book the train tickets ahead, trains have limited number of bike racks.
If you insist on riding the Turku-Helsinki leg, good news is, there's a relatively new highway (road number 1 or E18). It's off limits for bikes, but that's where most of the traffic will be, especially the heavy equipment. The old road (number 110) is a bit more winding and there are quite a lot of nice smaller byroads to choose from. In my opinion, all the nice sights are a bit south from the direct route. The historical King's Road
mail route covers much of the sights and I think is still doable in two days.
I can recommend the Outdoor GT Maps from Karttakeskus web shop. The Outdoor GT for Southern Finland
will cover all the options mentioned above. There used to be a dedicated cycling map of the Finnish part of the King's Road, and also of the Åland / Turku archipelago area. Not sure if those are available separately anymore, as both are included in the current Outdoor GT.
Last edited by Juha; 05-07-14 at 01:15 PM.