Did you know that it is possible to get to know the unique Turku archipelago without navigation skills or your own boat? The Little Archipelago Trail makes this possible during the entire summer from Mid-May until end of August. By bike this round trip takes a few days; by car you can do the entire circuit in as little as a day. The roundtrip through the archipelago is only about 100 km long.
The first of the three trips is a short jaunt across a narrow straight in Rymättylä. This free trip takes less than five minutes. The ferry follows a set timetable, crossing from one side of the straight to the other approximately every 20 minutes. The second voyage takes you from Rymättylä to Nagu. This vessel only makes three trips a day; you should thus get acquainted with the timetable (www.ostern.fi) well in advance. If you plan to travel counterclockwise, you will embark at Hanka. Your third voyage will take you from Nagu to Pargas on a large ferry. This free trip only takes approximately 10 minutes. There is generally a ferry connection every 15 minutes during the daytime. If traveling by car, it is worthwhile to be at the ferry well in advance, as bookings for cars cannot be made ahead of time.
The Little Archipelago Trail takes you through five towns – Turku, Raisio, Naantali, Pargas town and Kaarina. Along the way you will discover fifteen islands that are permanently inhabited, as well as a few small uninhabited islands. The Little Archipelago Trail is a part of the larger Archipelago Trail.