Enjoy the beautiful Costal Route by bike!
Are you dreaming of a beautiful cycling holiday in magnificent scenery? Try the wonderful Costal Route along the Finnish south coast. The route is about 150–200 kilometres long, and ties together the municipalities of Raseborg, Hanko, Kimito Islands and Salo. During your journey you get to enjoy historical settings, wonderful archipelago views, amazing nature and cozy accommodation.
Enjoy fantastic archipelago and culture landscapes by bike – travel the new and comprehensive Coastal Route. You can start in Raseborg and take a boat connection from Finland’s southernmost town Hanko, and continue to the Kimito Islands close to Turku and Salo areas. The route runs through four historical ironwork villages and offers some of the most beautiful nature experiences of Finland. Note that the complete route is accessible only in summer: the boat connection usually ends in the middle of August.
Start your bike adventure in Raseborg
The picturesque and idyllic Ekenäs by the sea in Raseborg is an excellent place to start the Coastal Route. The trains from Helsinki and Turku stop in Karis railwaystation. It’s possible to buy a ticket that allows you to take your bike with you on the train. You can take the bike from Karis to Ekenäs (18 km). In bad weather conditions, you can also take the bike with you on the local train from Karis to Ekenäs.
In historical Ekenäs you´ll find a lot of inviting accommodations, the gorgeous Old Town, beautiful beaches, green parks and outdoor recreation areas. Take a relaxing walk in the Ramsholmen nature park, take a dip in the sea or visit one of the lively summer bars. There are plenty of accommodation alternatives: sleep at a hotel, at the camping or in a cozy B & B. Remember to book in time, since the summer season is the liveliest. The next morning you can eat a proper breakfast before heading to Hanko via the beautiful Dagmar Park in Leksvall.
Rest by a natural spring in Dagmar park
Dagmar park, also known by the name Källviken, is a wonderful place by the sea. It comprises a 40 hectare big conservation area. The Finnish company Fiskars donated the area to Metsähallitus in 2018 as a gift to the Finnish people to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Finland. Metsähallitus administers more than 12 million hectares of state-owned land and water areas all around Finland.
There is a natural spring in the middle of the Dagmar Park. The spring and the whole park got named by a Danish borne princess called Dagmar. Her life became a part of the Finnish history when she became Maria Feodorovna,the Empress of Russia. The spring flows into the sea next to a beautiful beach. There are many legends and stories about the Emperor couple’s visits to Dagmar park. Some of them can be found on the information signs in the park. The story also tells, that the spring water makes you forever young, so you make sure to fill your water bottle at the park.
Continue your journey through the old mill- and saw community Skogby, where you can become acquainted with the wartime pillbox Irma. The pillbox is one of Hangö Front Muesum’s attractions. If you feel hungry, you can take a well-deserved break at cozy Villa Kosthåll.
Further to Hanko, Kasnäs and Salo
The journey continues from Skogby via Lappvik and Tvärminne towards Hanko (Hangö in Swedish). On the way you get to enjoy the wide sea view and an open horizon. Hanko is a great place to stay over the night. Read more about what to do in Hanko,the local tourist information has a full list of fine ideas.
If you plan to take the boat from Hanko to Kasnäs, remember to carefully notice the schedule. When you have arrived in Kasnäs, there are many options how to continue your journey. Go on an exploration at Kimito Islands or sight towards e.g. Mathildedal and Teijo National Park in Salo region.
You can bicycle back to Raseborg by road 52 and make a quick detour to the village of Tenala, where you can relax and taste local cheeses at Frimans Diversehandel. If you would like to see the beautiful roads in the ironwork villages Fiskars and Billnäs, you can take a longer journey home. Billnäs village is close to Karis, where you can take the train and travel back to Helsinki or Turku.
If you want to see the best of South-coast Finland during your bicycle ride, you can start your ride in Helsinki and travel via gorgeous Fagervik in Ingå. After that you can continue to Raseborg Castle and further to Ekenäs, where you’ll find the first signs directing towards the Coastal Route.
Whatever you choose to do, you’ll realize there is so much to explore in Southern Finland. We believe that the Coastal Route will become a hit, but we’re of course happy if you can post your favorites along the route on social media, to get other bicyclists curious. Tag your pictures with #coastalroutefinland and #visitraseborg when you’re enjoying our town – thank you for helping!
Read more about the boat communcations and routes at kustrutten.fi