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E-biking Helsinki's Forests, Lakes and Coast (Finland)

Explore the beautiful landscapes of southern Finland on a self-guided, multi-day e-bike tour

  • Self-guided
  • Easy-Medium
  • From £208/person
  • Jun-Sep, 2-5 days
  • Adults, Families (min age 12), Groups
  • Itinerary
  • Dates & Prices
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  • Description
  • Overnight Tour
  • Eastern Helsinki (4 days)
  • Western Helsinki (5 days)

Description

Electric bikes have seen a rise in popularity in recent years as more and more people are experiencing the benefits of being able to pedal along with a fraction of the effort. You'll notice it most when travelling uphill as the electric motor assists you and suddenly you're at the top of a hill that would have been a challenge on a regular bicycle!

These self-guided tours use GPS to navigate you along the route, giving you the freedom to enjoy your surroundings without having to stop to get your map out, checking you're on the right track. The route includes points of interest you might wish to investigate and options for suitable places to stop for refreshments.

Starting from Helsinki city centre, there are three circular route options for your tour. The Overnight (2 days/1 night) itinerary is a good choice for those who are short of time or planning a city break to Helsinki but want to adventure into the nearby forests of Nuuskio National Park, while 4 and 5-day options explore the surrounding villages and countryside to the east and west of the Finnish capital.

E-biking Helsinki's Forests, Lakes and Coasts is ideal for couples, families and groups of friends looking for a relaxing outdoor holiday exploring the region at your own pace taking in some of Finland's National Landscapes, highlighting some of the special scenery in Finland.

Tour Support

E-biking Helsinki's Forests, Lakes and Coasts is a self-guided experience. You will be provided with a tool and puncture repair kit and to participate in the tour, you should be comfortable fixing a puncture independently (though punctures are very rare on the tours) or dealing with other minor issues such as basic bike adjustment.

For other problems which require assistance, your local hosts from the e-bike centre will come to assist you if required. Depending on your location at the time, it will typically take around 2-3 hours between notifying the e-bike centre that you require assistance and a member of the team reaching you. In some cases you may be biking on tracks where vehicle access is not available, in which case you will be asked to push your bike to the nearest suitable meeting point.

This level of assistance is included in the price and there is no additional charge for this service if it is required. If necessary (for example if it is late in the evening), you will then be driven to your next accommodation.

Overnight Tour (2 days/1 night) - Itinerary

NB: For this experience it is necessary to overnight in Helsinki before and also normally after your tour.

Day 1 (55-60km)

Arrive at the e-bike centre in Helsinki at 08.30, where your bikes are prepared for you. You transfer your luggage into the provided panniers before setting off.

Your journey starts by heading south towards the Baltic Sea to meet the "Rantaraitti" coast cycle path, offering beautiful sea views and charming cafes on route. Stop for a paddle at one of the nice beaches along the way.

Those with an interest in architecture can visit the Hvitträsk museum but the view of the lake and cafe are also worth a stop. As your journey continues, you start to travel north into the forests of Nuuksio National Park, where you will overnight in local accommodation. (Latest options for food are served around 18.00-19.00)

Day 2 (40-45 km)

Continuing deep into the protected forests, taking the time to stop and enjoy the view of the lake and enjoy the silence. As the trees thin and you exit the forest, stop for a cinnamon bun at an inviting cafe. Travel north to arrive at a mansion by Lake Bodom with a restaurant, where you may wish to stop for lunch and continue to cycle along the forest paths of Helsinki's Central Park. Visit Haltiala Farm and in season you are able to pick flowers and peas from the city-owned fields.

Make your way back to the e-bike centre, where you will finish the tour.

End time is flexible. Please let the e-bike centre know your expected return time and be back at the centre by no later than 20.00.

Eastern Helsinki (4 days/3 nights) - Itinerary

NB: For this experience it is necessary to overnight in Helsinki before and also normally after your tour.

Day 1 (50-65 km)

Please arrive at the e-bike centre at 08.30, your e-bikes will be prepared for you and you can also transfer your luggage into the provided panniers before leaving towards Helsinki's Central Park forest tracks.

Heading north, you'll soon feel you're in the countryside as you reach the Haltiala fields, where there is a farm with grazing animals and a cafe to stop for a coffee or lunch. The trail meanders along Kerava River before reaching the beautiful Lake Tuusulanjärvi and following the lakeside trail, home to many of Finland's most prominent artists in the early 1900s. Stop for the night in Järvenpää, make sure you check you battery and recharge for the next day!

Day 2 (40-50 km)

Follow some quiet country roads travelling east towards Pornainen, stopping for lunch and to visit the beautiful stone church. Continue along forest tracks for a few kilometres to reach the Porvoonjoki river valley and follow the trail along the river to reach Porvoo, included in Finland's National Landscapes. You will overnight in this historical area, where people have lived for hundreds of years and which still has a feeling for days gone by. Spend your evening visiting the charming cafes and restaurants.

Day 3 (45 km)

A relaxing cycle along the river starts your day as you start to head back to the Baltic Sea. Pass some countryside towns on route to Sipoo. Cafe Kaksi Verantaa has a special atmosphere and we recommend the pastry! Cycle south along the Sipoo valley river, stopping for a dip in Lake Pilvijärvi at the small beach or your can rent some kayaks for an afternoon paddle. Spend the night in the Sipoo region.

Day 4 (45km)

You start to head west along the coast and as you return to Helsinki you'll join a cycle path with stunning views of the sea and time to stop for a break at the old Puotila mansion. Spend the afternoon at the Viikki Arboretum, a protected bird habitat where you will find over 300 species of trees and there are wonderful views from their bird observation towers. As you return to the centre, stop at the Vanhakaupunki rapids and stop for a bite to eat at the restaurant by the water.

Make your way back to the e-bike centre, where you will finish the tour.

End time is flexible. Please let the e-bike centre know your expected return time and be back at the centre by no later than 20.00.

Western Helsinki (5 days/4 nights) - Itinerary

NB: For this experience it is necessary to overnight in Helsinki before and also normally after your tour.

Day 1 (70km)

Arrive at the e-bike centre at 08.30, your local hosts will prepare your bikes and you pack your luggage into the panniers provided and cycle west for Nuuksio National Park. Stop for lunch at the Haltia Nature Centre - we recommend you top up your charge whilst your there before your route takes you along small roads and forest tracks travelling deep into the protected park. Rest by a lake and enjoy the quiet forest all around you. Tonight you will overnight in the Lohja region.

Day 2 (50 km)

After breakfast you cycle south with Lake Lohja on your right, arriving in Mustio Manor around lunchtime, so you may wish to visit the wonderful restaurant and take some time to walk around the grounds. Onwards to Fiskar, the location of an old ironworks and a thriving handicraft village - here you can stop to take a look around the many artisan shops or sample some craft beer at the local brewery.

Day 3 (60 km)

This morning you will reach the idyllic coastal town of Raasepori, where you can enjoy the protected 18-19th century buildings of Barckens Udde. In the afternoon, continue east to Snappertuna to visit the old church and castle and then pedal to Fagervik manor and the old ironworks, spending the night in Inkoo.

Day 4 (50km)

Today you head east through fields and forest, taking a break at the cosy Degerby Deli. The Igor Museum is around 50m away and tells the story of the Soviet occupation of these parts after the war. Travel another 10km, where it's possible to rent canoes in Pikkala or take a swim in the old sand quarry. Tonight you overnight in the Kirkkonummi area.

Day 5 (50km)

Your final day takes you back to Helsinki south along the "Rantaraitti" coast cycle path, stop for a swim and enjoy the sea views and charming cafes along the trail.

Finish the tour and return your bikes to the e-bike centre.

End time is flexible. Please let the e-bike centre know your expected return time and be back at the centre by no later than 20.00.

  • Dates
  • Prices
  • Included
  • Not Included

Dates 2018

Any day by arrangement between start 1st June and end 30th September.

Prices 2018

Standard Prices (per person)  
Overnight Tour (2 days/1 night)GBP 208EUR 220
Eastern Helsinki (4 days/3 nights)GBP 463EUR 490
Western Helsinki (5 days/4 nights)GBP 552EUR 585
Single supplement (per night)GBP 29EUR 30

Prices are based on accommodation in 2-person rooms. Single supplement applies for extra person in odd-numbered group (3, 5 persons, etc).

Important information regarding making changes to your booking

Before making your booking, please ensure that you are sure both of the dates you wish to travel and the number of persons in your party.

Due to the nature of this experience, a booking requires reservations to be made with multiple accommodation providers, so any changes require considerable administration. The following special conditions therefore apply regarding this tour:

  • Once a booking has been made, subsequent changes (such as a change of dates or alteration to the number of persons in your party) will incur an administration charge of £76(or €80) per booking.
  • This charge is in addition to any cancellation charges that may be applicable as outlined in Booking Conditions.

Included

Accommodation:

Exact accommodation used during your tour is not fixed but will depend on availability. Acccommodation is bed and breakfast standard and will typically be 2-person rooms (with twin or double beds) with shared WC/shower facilities in the corridor. Bed linen/towels and end cleaning is included.

For guests in odd-numbered groups (3, 5 persons, etc), single room occupancy supplement applies.

Meals:

Breakfast is included at all accommodation. No other meals are included. Some accommodation locations may have facilities for self-catering, but in most cases other meals will be purchased at local restaurants, etc.

Equipment:

  • E-bike: Bikes provided are normally Focus Jarifa Plus Pro or similar, made in Germany:
    • Range of 50-100km between charges (range will depend on a number of factors including terrain and the level of assistance you select from the electric motor).
    • Slightly wider-than-usual tyres (2.6 inches) to make cycling on gravel roads more comfortable.
    • Stem is adjustable for preferred riding position (upright or low).
    • The electric drive and battery are high quality Bosch systems.
    • The bikes have a small control computer on the handlebars where the level of assistance (from "Eco" to "Turbo" mode) can be selected and there is also a "walk assist" setting if you need to push the bike uphill.
    • Charger is included (note that you will need to carry the charger/cable in the panniers with the rest of your luggage). It takes around 6 hours to fully charge the battery, which can be removed and charged indoors.
    • Pump, water bottle and lock, which are attached to the frame.
    • Saddle provided is a stock Focus saddle. This provides a good level of general comfort for most participants, but you are of course welcome to bring your own saddle if you prefer.
    • Standard flat pedals are installed as default. Shimano clipless pedals can be fitted on request.
  • Helmets: Helmets are available to borrow free of charge. A variety of sizes are available. However, guests are also welcome to bring their own helmets and are encouraged to do so.
  • All luggage is carried on the rear rack. There are three possibilities - you are welcome to choose whichever you prefer and of course depending on the duration of your tour. We recommend packing light. Panniers have the advantage of being easy to clip onto and off the rack. A bag is perhaps slightly quieter over rough terrain. NB: Any luggage not needed during your trip can be left at the e-bike centre for collection at the end of the tour.

    • 1 x waterproof bag (20l).
    • 2 x panniers (2 x 20l).
    • 1 x waterproof bag (20l) + 2 x panniers (2 x 20l).
Focus e-bike

Tour information:

  • GPS with pre-loaded route description.
  • Information on points of interest to discover and places to visit during the tour.
  • Local contact number for support/assistance during your tour if required.

Not Included

  • Travel: We do not arrange flights or domestic travel, but are happy to advise on suitable connections and assist you with any aspect of planning your journey. See under "Good to Know > Getting There" for general travel information.
  • Meals apart from breakfast. Lunch and dinner are purchased locally during the tour.
  • Entrance to any attractions/additional activities (such as museums, etc) you may wish to visit or participate in during the tour.
  • Luggage transfer (you will carry all luggage with you on the bikes).
  • Required
  • Getting There
  • Combine This With
  • Groups
  • Eco Info

Required

Health requirements/experience:

Participants should be able to cycle with general good level of health and fitness, enjoy the outdoors and be comfortable sitting on a bike saddle for extended periods.

Minimum 2 adults required. Minimum recommend age 12 years. Minimum height 155cm.

What makes this "Easy-Medium"?

As the tour uses e-bikes, this considerably reduces the physical effort required for cycling, though as an outdoor experience where you will bring all luggage with you, elements of the tour can of course still be physically challenging. The duration of tour chosen will of course also affect the level of challenge.

However, the tour is self-guided (with full information and route guidance provided). Assistance is available if needed, but participants should be comfortable fixing a puncture (though these are very rarely experienced on a tour) or dealing with other minor adjustments/cycle repairs if required.

NB: Perception of difficulty is very subjective. What is hard to one person may be easy for another and vice versa, depending on factors including level of fitness, age and previous experience. Weather conditions/temperatures can also dramatically affect the actual level of challenge encountered.

Equipment/clothes needed:

For information on any equipment and/or clothing included as standard for this experience, please see under "Dates and Prices > Included".

A detailed recommended packing list for personal items to bring will be sent with your booking documentation.

NB: We advise you not to buy equipment or clothes for your trip or to incur other non-refundable expenses such as flights until you have received confirmation of your booking from us in writing. Note of course that the most appropriate clothing to use as well as the level of challenge experienced during any outdoor activity may vary significantly depending on factors such as the time of year and the particular weather/temperature conditions during your trip.

Preparing for your trip:

For further reading, we also have a number of general information articles to get you ready for your trip, covering a wide variety of topics from what to do on a city break before/after your tour, advice on packing, eyewear for winter and considerations for female travellers.

Getting There

Detailed information on travel options to this experience will be provided in response to your enquiry. We are happy to advise on suitable connections and assist you with any aspect of planning your journey.

Please ensure that you make a booking with us first and wait for confirmation that your spaces are reserved before making any travel arrangements.

By Air:

Fly to Helsinki. Meeting/end point for the tour is in central Helsinki.

Without Flying:

Train from UK to Stockholm (Sweden) for ferry to Helsinki.

Combine This With

This experience makes a good combination with the following:

Groups

This experience is suitable for groups. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

Eco Info

This provider has a written ecotourism policy.

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