Would you like to take a weekend trip or perhaps plan a biking holiday this summer? The Coastal Trail Bicycle Route offers an alternative for those who want to discover the countryside and the archipelago and enjoy an active but relaxing bike tour.
You can choose to take the bike from Hanko on the boat to Bengtskär lighthouse and then continue to Kasnäs and discover Kemiö island, Mathildedal and the national park in Tykö on the way to Raasepori. Stay at a B&B, enjoy yourself at cafées and discover new places. Alternatively you can head for Salo where you can easily take the train to Turku or Helsinki.
You can choose between themed routes, depending on if you are interested in locally produced food and breweries, nature and nature parks or perhaps different historical works environments and villas. The route is signposted and easy to follow.
You can find more information on the Coastal Trail Bicycle Route and different themed routes as well as about accommodation and service at: www.coastalroute.fi
Tip! Start your bike trip in Helsinki
You can also choose to ride a bike from Helsinki to Hanko from and experience the vivid countryside of Länsiuusimaa along the way. On the way you will pass Siuntio, Inkoo, Fagervik and Snappertuna. From Raseborg you continue towards Hanko and after enjoying a archipelago cruise the bike route takes you to Kimitoön and Salo.
The distance along the signed bicycle route from Raseborg to Hanko is about 40 km. Along the way you can find a lot of sights and it is recommended to reserve enough time to make stops along the way. In the following we present a few tips for the road, ranging from war memories and museums to culture, nature – and naturally the best beaches along this coastal route!
The first recommended stop after Ekenäs is Dagmar Park, situated 12 km from the city center. The Czarina of Russia, Dagmar, enjoyed the Källviken spring and surrounding marine environment of Tammisaari at the end of the 19th century. Here visitors can get a marvellous view of the seascape from the rock formations around the spring, where there is a memorial stone commemorating Czar Alexander III and his fiancée Princess Dagmar of Denmark and, naturally, the soothing sound of a burbling spring.
The route then continues towards Skogby village. This old sawmill community consists of workers housing from the 19th century until the 1950s. In the village there is also several other old buildings as a village shop and a health care center. We recommend to stop at Villa Kosthåll for a coffee or lunch.
On the northern side of the main road (Valtatie 25) you can make a detour to find a lot of interesting war history. The bunker Irma is totally renovated and open for visits by separate agreement. Also the Harparskog defence line is still very visible. It was constructed between 1940 and 1941 along the border of the Soviet naval base on Hanko peninsula. Also the Mannerheim Stone is worth a visit. This stone commemorates the place where Marshall Carl Gustaf Mannerheim officially on December 14th 1941 received the salute from the regiment that had defended Hanko.
Six kilometers towards Hanko in the village of Lappohja you can find the Hanko Front Museum. This museum offers a perfect opportunity to get an insight into the war history. The renewed permanent exhibition “Hanko in foreign hands” is about the period of time when Hanko was a Soviet naval base in 1940-1941.
Beaches and nature
From Lappohja village the route continues along the road Koverharintie and right at the beginning of the road is the beautiful beach Lappohjan uimaranta. This is a perfect spot for a refreshing swim in the Baltic Sea, after all, you have already biked 18 km! After a dip the route continues towards Hanko, there is still a lot of culture and nature on the way!
The Koverhar Iron and Steel Plant Memorial by the local artist Heikki Kukkonen can be admired along the Koverharintie. This iron plant was working in Hanko 1961-2012. After this memorial it is time to make a left turn to Tvärminnentie and prepare yourself for enjoying the beautiful nature on Hankoniemi peninsula. The first stop is the bird tower at Svanviken. Svanvik is an open and shallow bay, where great amounts of seabirds and wading birds gather during migration. Hanko is a top spot for bird watching, the strategic funnel-shape Hanko peninsula is one of the most frequented flyways for migratory birds.
The nature trail of Högholmen situated about 10 km from Hanko and invites you to take a magnificent walk. First the path will lead you through a pinewood, then over some sand dunes out to the tall cliffs with an astonishing view over the Baltic Sea. Högholmen is a private nature reserve with a nature trail, which has twelve information boards about the special natural features of the area. There are some impressive pinewoods, sand beaches, dunes and underwater sandbanks in the area. Next to the nature trail is Henriksberg gallery. It is a non-commercial cultural space open to the public under reservation all year round.
The route runs parallel to the seashore and you can probably feel the scent the sea through the pine wood! Vedagrundet beach is a beautiful dune beach and also Ryssholmen beach is suitable for swimming. Next to the air field is a environmental project to explore; Operaation Täktominlahti (site in Finnish) was established in 2009, and the current goal is to build a second wetland. The nutrient uptake by plants in this wetland will decrease the eutrophication of Täktominlahti. If you fancy an ice cream you should visit the café at the golf course and for locally grown vegetables and free ranging eggs we recommend the Sjöberg farm along a road named Västankärrintie.
A road you should not miss is Långörnintie. Along the road is a permanent art exhibition with works by local artist Knutte Sundberg (1940–2004). If you walk or ride a bike attentively along Långörnsvägen down towards the sea shore you will find silent tree stumps, works of art made from old ship wreck pieces and detailed woodcarvings. There are almost 60 objects to discover outdoors.
Along Täktomintie there is one more recommended stop at The Soviet Monument. Soviet soldiers are buried close to the monument, 267 of them are unidentified. They were killed in action during the Continuation War. Finally the signed bike route turns down towards the sea and the last stop is The House of the Four Winds, where you should stop to celebrate a fantastic day on bike with a magnificent piece of cake!
• Villa Kosthåll, Rantakaari 16 Skogby, tel. +358 (0) 45 328 3185
• Premarin, Järnönsalmentie 136, Lappohja
• Hanko Front Museum, Hankoniementie 1625
There is a café at the museum.
• Lappohjan Kyläkauppa (shop), Satamatie 79, Lappohja, tel. +358 (0)40 510 2266
• Han-Golf, Kirkkotie 28, Hanko, tel. +358 (0)19 248 9357
There is a café at the golf course.
• The signed bike route from Ekenäs to Hanko is mainly following more lightly traveled secondary roads and there is pavement on the entire distance. Along the route there is only minor differences in height.
• The Coastal Route is circular and at this point the signed route runs clockwise from Raseborg to Hanko and further to Kimitoön and Salo. The total distance is 150 km, including boat rides. More information: www.coastalroute.fi
• From Hanko you can continue through the archipelago by boat, either directly to Kasnäs (www.wilsoncharter.fi)or via Bengtskär lighthouse. Please find more information here!