Western Uusimaa tour introduces the area’s vibrant towns, culture, and beautiful countryside. Lake Lohjanjärvi, situated by the tour, offers great surroundings for a number of hobbies including vast canoeing routes. The old iron works along the route bring a breeze from the past. Countryside landscape turn into beautiful seaside views when getting closer to Tammisaari and Hanko. Tour follows small roads and the old King’s road to Inkoo and Kirkkonummi before reaching Helsinki. There are several small nature reserves along the route.
Duration: 7 days
Helsinki – Siuntio 65 km
Siuntio – Karjalohja 43 km
Karjalohja – Tammisaari 40 km
Tammisaari – Hanko 41 km
Tammisaari – Inkoo 46 km
Inkoo – Kirkkonummi 31 km
Kirkkonummi – Helsinki 45 km
Helsinki shoreline displays the beautiful seaside of Finland’s capital before continuing to Viherlaakso and Espoo center. There are beautiful yards along the cycle tracks on this section of the route. It’s time to dive into the serenity of the countryside; beautiful Hvitträsk is along the route with Lake Vitträsk glimmering on the background. Terrain is hilly and steep at times. There are old rock paintings on the shores of Lake Vitträsk and Lake Juusjärvi before arriving to Siuntio. Siuntio’s St. Peter’s Church and the culture trail starting from Siuntio Homestead Museum are worth a visit.
In Lohja region the route follows the northern shore of Lake Lohjanjärvi towards Karjalohja. On the way you there are two possibilities to cool down underground; Tytyri mine and Torhola cave. The road along the ridge landscape to Karjalohja is very beautiful with some noticeable variations in elevation. The landscape flattens a bit heading from Karjalohja to Fiskars. Several old iron works (Antskog, Fiskars, Åminnefors, Billnäs and Mustio) offer beautiful surroundings, history, art and culinary experiences.
From Pohja it is possible to take a shortcut through Billnäs and Mustio to Degerby or continue towards beautiful seaside views of Tammisaari and Hanko. From Tammisaari the route continues along hilly countryside road to Hanko, partly on sand road. The nature in the area is especially green and beautiful during summer months. When reaching Cape Hankoniemi, the route follows the southern shore towards the lively summer town of Hanko.
The front of Cape Hankoniemi has been a site for several naval battles in the history. The extraordinarily beautiful beach area consists of mounding rocks and a long and very shallow sandy beach. There are several quality restaurants at the eastern harbor along the guest piers. Hanko spa park is situated next to the casino. The old villas along the seashore boulevard are an appealing sight and some of them offer b&b accommodation. Every year there are over 270 bird species spotted on Cape Hankoniemi area. With a little luck you may spot a white-tailed eagle. Högholmen rocks in Täktorn area offer beautiful views to the outer archipelago and open sea. There are info boards right along the cycling route guiding you to enjoy these beautiful views.
From Hankoniemi it’s time to head back towards Tammisaari, where the peaceful athmosphere invites you for a stop by the sea. Street names remind of the old handcraft culture; for example Sepänkatu (blacksmith’s street), Hatuntekijänkatu (hat makers street) etc. Street network is based on city plan from the Middle Age. Explore the local market culture on the market square and stop in the small cosy shops by Finland’s oldest pedestrian street.
After Tammisaari it’s time to head towards Snappertuna, where is the magnificent old ruins of Raseborg Castle. There is also a café and summer theatre in this beautiful surroundings. The idyllic Snappertuna village attracts to stay for a while. Hilly and winding road continues towards Fagervik iron works, where enchanting red houses create a unique surroundings with interesting history. Route continues towards Inkoo, where the sea is shimmering in the background. The cosy center of Inkoo with the guest harbor and market square attracts locals and tourist to get together in the evening.
Route continues westward to Degerby village, where Degerby’s Igor museum illustrates the Soviet leasing period of Porkkala area. When continuing the route passes the Pikkala bridge connecting the historical Eastern and Western King’s roads. The earliest mentions of the bridge are from 1382. Nowadays the river is passed on new bridge allowed only for pedestrians and cyclists. In Ragsvalds museum you can find another interesting exhibition about Porkkala areas Soviet leasing period.
After Kirkkonummi the landscape varies from forests to vast fields along the hilly road. Little by little you can see more houses before arriving to conurbation area. The beautiful suburbs of Espoo appear at their most beautiful during summer with flourishing gardens and fresh breeze from the sea. You can explore more of the areas nature in Suvisaaristo islands and their nature reserve areas. After westend the bridges lead the way through Lauttasaari to Kaivopuisto park before arriving to the city center.
Good to know
There are some steep ascents between Mankki and Evitskog. It’s recommended to book accommodation in advance since many destinations are relatively small and often booked. Route can be shortened with the use of good public transportation in the area.
To start the route
Route starts from the main railway station in the center of Helsinki.