Program for individual travellers
THE ISLAND OF SEILI
EXCURSIONS FROM NAUVO TO SEILI
The naturally beatiful island of Seili is six kilometres away from Nauvo centre and is one of the most attractive places to visit. The history of the island begun already in 1619, when the king Gustav II Adolf ordered to find a suitable spot outside of Turku to put people with lepracy and mental problems. The patients had to bring the wood for their own coffins upon arrival, and once you were there you could not leave. As from 1889 the only patients were women. The mental institution was shut down in 1962 and these days the Archipelago Research Institute is working in the facilities.
In the summer 2016 we are organizing guided tours (in Finnish or Swedish; English-speaking guide as special arrangement in advance) from Nauvo to Seili July 2nd- August 6th. The excursion takes 3 hours, during which we get to know the islands history and church museum. The ferry, Östern, makes the trip both ways. Price 35 € / Adult, 18 € / child.
Departures from the harbour of Nauvo Saturdays (summer season. Not on Midsummer weekend). Book your place through this link (you can also ask for an English-speaking guide). You can also buy last minute tickets at the information booth in the harbour. The info opens att 11 a.m. We ask you to arrive 15 minutes before departure which takes place at 12:00. Arrival back in Nauvo is approx. at 15:00.
Also ask about the Nauvo-Seili accomodation package! In Nauvo there is a possibility to stay at cozy hostels or hotels. The return trip can also be made in another direction then when you came, circling the popular Archipelago Trail.
Active Cottage Weekend
A cottage vacation is a Finnish tradition, but if you are new to the concept, perhaps you might appreciate some spice to this old recipe. Active Cottage Weekend includes two nights at a comfortable and well furnished cottage by the sea in Sauvo, Karuna with additional excitement brought by either guided archery and blow pipe shooting, or snowshoeing, if the weather is right. Book this package get the best of what the outdoors can offer, peace and quiet coupled with some outdoor fun!
Price (6 persons) from 125€/person. Book now!
Canoeing in the beautiful Turku Archipelago
Enjoy the peace and quiet of the archipelago in your own Kayak. Glide quietly on the
waves, breathe the fresh air, listen to the seabirds and enjoy the beautiful
surroundings. Have a delicious dinner in the pleasant Stallbacken restaurant, and finish the day with a traditional Finnish farm sauna.
Arrive at beautiful Grännäs and check in at Hotel Stallbacken. Enjoy the delicious 2-
course dinner, and take a stroll along our beautiful nature path. Sleep tight in our
comfortable rooms, and experience the peace and serenity of the Finnish countryside.
After a good night’s sleep and our hearty breakfast it’s time for canoeing. All
necessary equipment is included, and both single and double kayaks are available.
You can also hire a guide/instructor to help you with the kayaks and show you the
Your Kayak will transport you to places, which are unreachable on foot or by larger
boats. Experience the beautiful unspoilt nature along the shoreline, as you glide into
both deep and shallow bays, and around smaller islands. The typical kayak trip takes
approx. 3 hours and is suitable also for first time canoers, as we only navigate in the
calm archipelago waters (not on open sea). During the trip an open-air coffee break
is offered. And feel free to take a refreshing swim (remember to bring a swimsuit
After the canoeing adventure you can relax in your room or get to know the interesting
history of our farm, established around 1760. By now it will be time for dinner. You
will be served a special 2-course meal made with locally produced ingredients in the
pleasant atmosphere of our rustic restaurant. End the day with an evening of traditional Finnish farm sauna and our open-air bath barrel.
Price: €406,- per person
The package includes:
· Two nights accomodation in a double room
· Kayak and equipment (3 hours)
· Farm sauna and jacuzzi (2 hours)
· Meals made with locally produced ingredients:
- Breakfast x 2
- Coffee break
- Two 2-course meals
- Non-alcoholic beverages
ISLAND SAFARI - NAUVO
Join us for a boat trip in our unique archipelago. Experience the soothing atmosphere, breathe the fresh air and behold the open landscape. Go ashore
on one of the skerries and explore its unique nature. Go for a swim in the sea and afterwards enjoy a delicious dinner in our pleasant restaurant.
We start at Grännäs, where our modern motorboat is waiting to take you out on the Archipelago Sea. Let our experienced skipper lead you safely on this wonderful journey amidst shallows, skerries and islands.
Go ashore on one of the skerries or islands for a picnic and a guided nature walk. You can also simply relax and enjoy the serenity of untouched nature on your
own. And if you like, you can even go for a swim in the sea (remember to take along a swimsuit and towel).
Now we head back to Grännäs, to enjoy a special 2-course meal made with locally produced
ingredients. Afterwards you can take a stroll around our beautiful grounds, or visit our Nature Path.
Afterwards you will be ready for a great night’s sleep in our comfortable rooms at Hotel Stallbacken.
Our island safari includes( 1 – 7 pers):
· One night accomodation in a double room
· Motor boat transportation and skipper
· Island Walk with guide
· Locally produced meals:
- Island picnic
- 2-course meal
Accommodation and meals: € 187 / person / safariday
Accommodation and halfboard extra days: € 144/pers
Guided Island Safari: € 720 for a group( max 7)
Additional services such as fishing, birdwatching, traditional sauna and bath barrel also available. Book now!
WELLNESS IN THE COUNTRY - NAUVO
Leave the stress and rush of everyday life behind and enjoy the peace and quiet of the archipelago. Cleanse your body and soul with a Wellness Weekend at the beautiful and scenic Grännäs.
Check into Hotel Stallbacken the night before, and wake up rested after a peaceful night in the country. Enjoy a breakfast made with locally produced ingredients in our pleasant restaurant. After breakfast you are free to take a refreshing walk
on the Hotel’s own Nature Path.
After this you are ready for a reiki-treatment, provided by Annica Stierncreutz, who is a certified Reiki-instructor. The reiki-session will be followed by a special meal made with locally produced ingredients. Feel free to meditate, read, or to take a stroll around our beautiful grounds and get to know the interesting history of our Farm; Grännäs Storgård, which was established around 1760.
The day will end with a traditional FarmSauna with a dip in the heated bath barrel, and depending on the weather, maybe a roll in the snow! Locally produced non-alcoholic beverages are served.
After a full day of relaxation, you will be ready for a great night’s sleep in our comfortable rooms. The next morning we will serve up a hearty breakfast to prepare you for returning to your everyday life with newfound energy.
Our Wellness-weekend includes( 1 – 10 persons):
· Two nights’ accommodation in a double room( or singelroom)
· Local food (vegetarian/vegan option provided) and non-alcoholic beverages
· Nature walks at beautiful Grännäs
· Reiki treatment by certified instructor*
· Traditional farm sauna followed by jacuzzi or snow rolling
Price 2 wellness days: € 324 per person ( or € 425 per singleroom nights)
Price extra days with halfboard: € 144 per person ( or € 195 per singleroom nights)
*Optional alternatives:Mindfulness, Relaxation class, Yoga, Pilates, Coaching by certified instructor.
ISLAND TO ISLAND by Car
Experience something really special: 3 day tour with your own or rental car in the archipelago of South-Western Finland. Drive from island to island in the famous archipelago area with 20.000 islands, and you can visit many of them on the same trip. The package includes double room accommodation for 2 nights, breakfasts, maps and route description, tickets for the ferries and entry for the museum church of Seili. Seili is a beautiful island with an interesting history as a sanitorium and asylum.
Price 270 eur/person in a package for 2-4 persons
We recommend booking well in advance, as July is our busiest season.
THE ARCHIPELAGO BY BIKE IN THE SUMMER OF 2015
GUIDED BIKETOUR IN NAUVO
The Fridays in July we organise guided bike tours from the village of Nauvo around the bay of Möviken. Departures 15:00 from the info point in the harbour. The length of the tour is about 17 km and it will take about 2,5h. Along the itinerary, we will learn about the sights the nature has to offer, the old stone labyrinths and the surroundings of Lake Samlax. We will bike through the spruce forest and enjoy the view along the old village road. The price on a rental bike is 45€/person and your own bike 30€/person. The tour takes place when a minimum of 4 people have signed up. Further information and bookings.
BIKING AND HIKING IN NAUVO
Nauvo, located at the heart of the Turku archipelago, offers many interesting hiking and biking routes. You can enjoy the nature along the nature path at your own speed, stop for lunch where you want and take a dip in the sea when you feel like it. The three day bike and hike package includes full pension accommodation in two person rooms for two nights, in two person rooms, an ample breakfasts, sauna, towels, bed linen, bikes with appropriate equipment and the biking and hiking maps with route descriptions. Book your active vacation package for you or as a gift. The price starts at 175€/person. Min. 2 people. Children in additional bed included for half price. For further information and booking click here.
THE ARCHIPELAGO ROUTE 4 DAYS
The Archipelago Trail is a four day circular self guided tour following the Archpelago Ring Road. You will start at noon from the island of Nagu, Nauvo in Finnsih. From Nagu you will take the first ferry through the island of Seili over to Rymättylä.
There are daily bus connections to Nagu/ Nauvo from Turku. Please reserve a extra night if you want to arrive in the previous evening. If you arrive with a car we have parking space available at Västergård.
The route will take you from the island of Nagu to the islands of Rymättylä, Naantali, Velkua, Kustavi, Iniö, Houtskar, Korpo and back to Nagu. The islands are connected by bridges and ferries. The longest ferry rides are about one hour. The total cycling distance is about 140 km. Most of the roads surfaces are paved. The profile of the route varies from fairly flat to rolling hills.
The first accommodation is in Naantali, one of the most popular holiday destinations in Finland.
You will ride through stunning archipelago sceneries. The peace and tranquillity, particulary in the rugged outer islands, is a unique experience. Along the route there are many intresting tourist attractions and services.
The price is from 490,00 €/ person (shared two person room) including route description with map, bike with helmet and bags, required ferry tickets, accommodation with breakfast (4 nights) and dinner last night. Additional price for single room from 120,00 €.
Baggage transport is available on tours starting on Mondays. Please ask for a quotation. Additionally you are always welcome to deposit your excess luggage, for no extra cost at Västergård during your tour.
NEW! We are now able to offer the tour using electrival bikes. The price with electrical bikes is € 570 / person.
You can start on the self guided tour every day during the sommer period 1.6. - 30.8.2015.
NOTE! We can also arrange the tour, with a slightly modified route during 1.5 - 31.5.
THE PENSAR ROUTE 1 DAY
The length of the route is about 45 km from Nagu village or 30 km if you start from Västergård. The ferry rides are totally about one hour.
The start is at latest 11:00 in the morning and you will be back around 7 o´clock in the afternoon. Lunch will be served at Pensar Syd restaurant.
The price is 65,00 €/ person including route description, bike with helmet and lunch. The bikes are collected and returned at the tourist information in Nagu village or at Västergård in Gyttja village. The bikes can be delivered to your accommodation in Nagu, Airisto or Sattmark for an extra fee according to a separate agreement.
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The Pensar Trail can be turned into a two day relaxed tour by staying overnight and enjoying sauna and dinner at Pensar Syd. The price is 170,00 €/ person (min. two persons). You can also stay one additional night at Västergård b&b, 50€/person.
A whole days biking trip that takes you to the northern side of Nauvo and Korppoo. The ferry Satava will take you from the Nauvo village on a breathtaking trip through the archipelago to the village of Houtsala on Norrskata island. Your travel continues by bicycle through quiet village roads in beautiful green landscapes to the Korppoo ferry. Along the way there is both a shop and a restaurant. In Korppoo it is possible to visit the village and ,in example, the Korppoo museum. The trip continues along the archipelago trail and over to Nauvo's side by ferry, where one can again cycle on quite village roads back to the Nauvo village. The length of the route is approx. 30 km (measured from the village), from which 20 km are village roads. The price of the trip is € 25 / person and includes a route description, a bicycle, and a helmet. Bicycles are retreived and returned to either the Nauvo Tourist Info or the Västergård B&B. For an additional fee we can transport bicycles to the location of desired accomodation. The tour is self guided and is cyclable during the summer season from 21st of May to 29th of August.
THE ARCHIPELAGO TRAIL 5 DAYS
Route: Turku-Naantali-Velkua-Kustavi-Iniö-Houtskari-Korppoo-Nauvo-Parainen-Turku or in the opposite direction
The lenght of the excursion is about 190 km. Along the trail there are alot of nice B&B's, but in July they can be pretty fully booked. We recommend you to book your accommodations at the Archipelago Booking of Finland in good time before your departure. A great help in planning your biketrip in the archipleago is the Bike guide of the Archipleago, which you can order from us for the price of 30 euro + postal expenses.
NATURE AND ADVENTURE ON THE ISLAND OF VÄNÖ
The holiday's made for relaxing but after a while you start to long for something to do. On Vänö you can try a bit of everything: fishing, kayaking, nordic walking, freesbeegolf, sauna, swiming, linedance, boat trips and birdwatching. NEW! On Vänö there's also the possibility to take a guided ghost tour! Book your accommodation from us and ask us about the possibilites. E.g. A week-end or two nights in a cottage for 2-4 people 135 euro. It is easy to come with a ferryboat. The boattrip takes approx. one hour and is free of charge. You can also stop in Kasnäs and enjoy the services of Kasnäs Spa Hotel before or after the trip. For more information on Vänö. Book you trip here.
A one day trip Kasnäs-Vänö-Kasnäs includes the transport with a taxiboat one way (return with the ferryboat), lunch and a guided walk to the chapel. Price starting from 40 eur/adult. Children under 14 years to half price. (When the group size min. 8 persons).
THE LITTLE ARCHIPELAGO TRAIL
This package requires private means of transport. To rent a car in the Turku area try Sixt.
ACCOMMODATION PACKAGES ON THE LITTLE ARCHIPELAGO TRAIL FOR INDIVIDUAL TRAVELLERS
Route: Turku-Naantali-Rymättylä-Nauvo-Parainen-Turku or in the opposite direction
Along the route you will find alot of cultural and natural sights. There is a wide range of accommodation possibilities along the way, but july tends to be quite booked. We encourage our clients to book their accommodation well in advance. Accomodation in bed and breakfasts by choice along the route ie. in Nauvo. More info about such on our accomodations page. Additional information about The Little Archipelago Trail. Ask for an offer or book here.
BEGGINNER’S COURSE IN KAYAKING IN NAUVO
The beginner’s course in kayaking is a wonderful way to start a new hobby. We learn the basics of kayaking in the Baltic Sea and we practice different techniques. You also learn about safety at sea and the equipment used. The course does not require any specific skills. You just need appropriate clothing and a change of clothes in waterproof packing. The course fee includes the kayaks, paddles, life vests and spray skirts. The courses are held on Thursdays 10.7 and 24.7. We start in Framnäs in Nauvo midday (12:00). Duration 3 hours. Price 46€/person. The course will be held when at least 4 people sign up for it. The course can also be arranged other times on order for groups consisting of 4-12 people. More information and booking.
ARCHIPELAGO SEA KAYAKING PACKAGE
Departure from Parainen, by Villa Apollo, where you can park if needed. There are frequent bus connections to Parainen from Helsinki and Turku daily, you can check the schedule here. Arrival at Villa Apollo dinner and accommodation. At Villa Apollo we go through the gear and get some guidance. The next day we paddle to the island of Pensar. On Pensar you have a chance to go to sauna and swim. Dinner is served at the charming seaside restaurant. The second day the route goes, either via the island of Gullkrona, or then straight to the village of Gyttja. At the end of the day you will have dinner and sauna. The next day will bring you through narrow straits and green environments back to Villa Apollo. The length of the daily trips vary between three and seven nautical miles. There are many opportunities to diverge from the route along the itinerary. The package costs from 500€/person including the kayak, the guide, packed lunches and snacks, the accommodation (for 4 nights) with dinner and sauna. The tour requires normal health and some experience in kayaking. The route is sheltered with the exception of going to Gullkrona, nevertheless while travelling at sea the weather conditions need to always be taken into consideration. Ask for further information or book here.
SAILING TRIPS TO ÖRÖ 2016
The program includes the trip to the island and back with the Yacht Eugenia and a guided tour on the island. On the way there the sails are set and there is a fish soup lunch. The crew will tell you about traditional sailing and the archipelago and the passangers can take part in the sail setting. During the guided tour the guides tell about the history and nature of the island. More information here. Bookings here.
Come on to the the military fortress of Örö with a RIB-boat. Experience the unique nature of the island, the historically interesting garrison from the tsarist times and the roads paved by prisoners of war.
Timetables for the summer 2015:
Trip time table:
11:00 Departure from the harbour in Kasnäs by Rib boat. (max 12 ppl) (min 6 ppl, otherwise the trip will be cancelled)
11:30 Arrival to Örö. Presentation of the 12" Obuhov cannon and visit to the cannon grounds. In co-operation with Turun Rannikkorykmentin perinneyhdistys (An association for military traditions).
12:45 During the walkabout we will get to know the unique nature and history of the island.
14:00 Departure to Kasnäs.
14:15 Arrival in Kasnäs.
The price for the trip is 85€, children (4-14) 40,00€. The price includes the sea voyage, (lunch, coffee), guided tour on the fortress of Örö.
Inquire for departures 2016 here. Limited availability.