Enjoy the beautiful Coastal Route by bike!
Are you dreaming of an active cycling holiday in magnificent scenery? Try the wonderful Coastal 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 surroundings, wonderful archipelago views, amazing nature and comfy accommodation.
Enjoy fantastic archipelago and countryside landscapes by bike – travel the new, lengthy 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 one of the most beautiful nature experiences of Finland. Note that the complete route is accessible only in summer: the boat connection usually closes down for the winter in the middle of August.
Start your adventure in Raseborg
The picturesque and idyllic seashore city Ekenäs in Raseborg is an excellent place to start the Coastal Route! The trains from Helsinki and Turku stop in Karis railway station, and from there it’s a 18km journey to Ekenäs. If you will, you can buy a bike ticket for the train. In bad weather conditions, you can also take your bike with you on the local train from Karis to Ekenäs.
If you want to see the best of South-coast Finland during your bicycle ride, you should 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.
From Ekenäs you’ll find the gorgeous Old Town, beautiful beaches, lush parks and outdoor recreation areas. Take a relaxing walk in the Ramsholmen nature park, dip in the sea or visit one of the lively summer terraces. 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 in summertime the hotels are often full. 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 forest area by the sea. It constitutes a conservation area of 40 hectares. The Finnish company Fiskars donated the area to Metsähallitus in 2018 as a gift to the Finnish people to commemorate the 100th independence day of Finland.
The pearl of Dagmar park is its natural spring. The spring and the whole park got named by a Danish borne princess called Dagmar, whose life became part of Finnish history when she became Maria Fedorovna, the empress of Russia. The emperor couple visited the bay frequently on their holiday sailings, and the empress especially admired the harmonic park. After the emperor deceased, legends remained to tell the story about the couple’s visits. Stories also tell that the spring water makes you forever young, so make sure to fill your water bottle!
Continue your journey through the old mill- and saw community Skogby, where you can explore the wartime pillbox Irma. The pillbox is one of Hangö Front Museum’s attractions. If by this point you’re hungry, you can take a well-deserved break at 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 countryside atmosphere and a beautiful sea view. Hanko is a great place to stay overnight before continuing on the route. Check out the local tourist information to see what to do in Hanko.
If you plan to take the boat from Hanko to Kasnäs, remember to check the schedule beforehand. When you have arrived in Kasnäs, you have several alternatives on where to head next. Go on an exploration at Kimito Islands or pedal towards e.g. Mathildedal and Teijo National Park in Salo region.
Alternatively you can bicycle back to Raseborg by road 52 and make a quick detour to the village of Tenala, where you can for example taste local cheeses at Frimans Diversehandel. If you’re planning on heading towards Karis, make sure to drop by the ironwork villages Fiskars and Billnäs, Billnäs village is already close to Karis, where you can take the train and travel back to Helsinki or Turku.
Whatever you choose to do, you’ll realize there is much yet 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 cyclists curious. Tag your pictures with #coastalroutefinland and #visitraseborg if you’re enjoying our town – thank you for helping!
Read more about the boat communcations and routes at kustrutten.fi