Mon., Aug. 01 | Helsinki, Finland

Finland Bike Tour (Postponed to 2022)

Explore the Baltic Sea coast and inland countryside of southern Finland by bike. This lesser-travelled route includes a city tour of Helsinki, harbour towns, local artisans at work, restored mills, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, national parks, and peaceful cycling roads through idyllic countryside.

Dates & Destination

Aug. 01, 2022, 9:00 a.m. – Aug. 13, 2022, 1:00 p.m.
Helsinki, Finland

About the Trip

TRIP OVERVIEW

Trip START Date | Helsinki, Finland, Sunday, August 1, 2022

Trip END Date | Helsinki, Finland, Friday, August 13, 2022

504km | 318mi

Trip Cost: CAD$3,450 | 13 days / 12 nights

PRICE INCLUDES

  • 12 nights accommodation (no camping)
  • All group meals (drinks on your own) 
  • 8 days biking
  • Sightseeing (rest days) in Helsinki, Verla, and Lahti
  • Use of bicycles and packs (E-Bike option available)
  • Travel coordination to/from Finland

Price does not include airfare

Read more about the route and other trips details

https://www.onavelo.com/finland

8 Days biking, 504 km | 318 mi

START >> Helsinki - Porvoo - Lovisa - Verla - Mäntyharju - Virtaa - Lahti - Hyvinkaa - Helsinki: END

TRIP DESCRIPTION

Visit Finland on this new adventure for OnaVelo. Rick and Tanya and their family spent a month cycling in Finland on one of their world tours and are now introducing it as a featured trip for OnaVelo. Working with a local host and guide in Finland, this trip will certainly be an adventure and a unique opportunity to explore southern Finland by bike. 

HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE

  • Site seeing and city tour of Helsinki
  • Great local food and drinks (Brewery tours)
  • Visiting the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Verla
  • Unique hotels and cabins with saunas
  • Just going to Finland is a highlight!

This is a new route. The trip will be adventurous and fun. If it is like a previous exploratory trip that Rick and friends took to the Dominican Republic, it's bound to have lasting memories. This route offers opportunities to travel before or after the trip into Russia, Sweden, Estonia or other destinations. Rick and our local Finish host can help with extra travel plans in the area. 

TAKING CARE OF THE DETAILS

Rick and Tanya and our local guide Antti will take care of all the details including the bicycles and gear, guides and safety, local activities, route planning, food and snacks, accommodations as well as helping you with getting to and from Finland. 

MORE ABOUT THE BIKING

Travelling by bicycle can be challenging. This trip is for you if you are relatively fit and are comfortable with riding undulating terrain with some bigger hills. You like to ride your bike on vacation, but not every day. You can ride an average of 40mi/65km and up to 55mi/90km on a long day.

We have a variety of bikes for this bike packing tour. The basic idea is to have a go-anywhere bike where simplicity, durability, and efficiency is preferred. We use basic hardtail or fully rigid hybrid touring bikes and mountain bikes. For the most part, we are biking on lesser-travelled paved roads. Our trips are a blend of bike packing and classic bike touring. You will have a sense of freedom by carrying your own gear on a multi-day self-supported adventure, with the objective to see the sights along the route at a leisurely pace.

E-Bike option: New to this trip we are offering an E-bike option for an additional cost. RockMachine Blackout ES 40.  Please contact Rick for details and availability. 

PACE OF THE RIDE

I let everybody set their own pace. I give directions every morning for check-in points along the way and let people go at their own speed. Most of the time the groups end up riding together for the most part. Faster riders can enjoy riding fast, slower riders can enjoy riding slower. I usually end up in the rear and take in the sights and enjoy the ride. I guess my average speed might be around 10 to 13 mph / 15-20 km/hour. 

CARRYING YOUR GEAR

We use ARKEL XM-45 bikepacking panniers.  The XM-45’s are essentially top-loading bags (as opposed to front-loading on typical touring panniers). Keep in mind that there is no support vehicle and you will have to carry your personal gear on your bike. You can download a suggested packing list to make sure you have everything you need, but not too much. If you have things you want for your travels after the bike trip, you can leave a bag in Helsinki with our local guide for the end of the trip. 

MORE THAN JUST A TRIP TO FINLAND

Rick and his family had an amazing experience biking in Finland in 2018. Take a look at some of the pictures and stories on Sampson McFerrin's blog about their trip in Finland. >> blog. Helsinki is also a great jumping-off point to visit other destinations including St. Petersburg, Russia; Tallinn, Estonia; or other Baltic Sea cities. 

St Petersburg ‘Visa Free’ Tours

From Helsinki, you can join a wonderful St Petersburg Visa Free Tours by overnight ferry. Rick and his team can help you organize a popular 5 day Visa-Free tours with an option to return to Helsinki or Tallinn before or after the bike trip. This is the perfect way to appreciate the magnificent city of St Petersburg without a Russian visa. 

Read more about the route and other trips details

https://www.onavelo.com/finland

Ready to book?

Once you booked your trip online Rick or an OnaVelo trip consultant will contact you to make sure we have all of your details and to confirm your trip. (Note: Registering for a trip from the OnaVelo website doesn’t guarantee your booking.) Rick or an OnaVelo trip consultant will confirm availability on your desired trip and finalize your booking. If you make a reservation more than 90 days prior to the trip, a deposit is due at the time of booking. If you reserve your trip less than 90 days prior to the departure, the full balance is due at the time of booking.

Guaranteed to go

OnaVelo trips require a minimum number of guests to run and are not guaranteed until that number is reached. Contact Rick for more details. In the event that a trip has low registrations, we will notify guests 60-90 days prior to departure with the option to select a different date with more guests booked. Please don’t reserve airfare before confirming your trip.

What if I have to cancel my trip?

We understand things happen in life and sometimes you have to cancel or change your plans. We want to make it as easy as possible to do so. You may cancel your participation on the trip at any time. OnaVelo asks, however, that you do not register unless you are confident in your attendance on the dates and destination outlined in the trip details. It is important for you to know that cancellations are costly to OnaVelo because we begin making arrangements for your trip as soon as you register. Once you are confirmed on a trip by OnaVelo, your trip deposit is non-refundable. Notification of cancellation must be made to OnaVelo in writing. When OnaVelo receives a written cancellation, a cancellation fee may apply to cover the expenses and costs incurred by OnaVelo due to the cancellation (including credit card processing fees and bank charges). The amount of the cancellation fee is determined by the number of days prior to the trip start date that the written cancellation notice is received.

Below you will find our timeline of options to choose either a refund or future trip credit based on your cancellation date.

CANCELLATION POLICY:

Days to Departure Refund 

More Than 90 Days All but $250 deposit per person 

61-90 Days 75% of trip price

31-60 Days 50% of trip price 

30 Days or Less  No Refunds 

POLICY FOR APPLYING AMOUNT TO FUTURE TRIP CREDIT

Days to Departure Trip Credit

More Than 90 Days 100% of deposit

61-90 Days 90% of trip price

31-60 Days 65% of trip price

30 Days or Less  25% of trip price

OnaVelo also reserves the right to cancel any trip using our discretion if the safety of our travellers or staff should be compromised. In the event of cancellation, OnaVelo is not responsible for any loss incurred for non-refundable travel costs. In this case, a refund of payments received by OnaVelo will constitute the full and final settlement.

Read more about the route and other trips details

https://www.onavelo.com/finland

Payment Options
Price
Quantity
Total
  • Finland CAD$3,450+GST
    $3,622.50
    $3,622.50
    0
    $0
  • Deposit Only $250+GST
    $262.50
    $262.50
    0
    $0
  • Private room add-on $810+GST
    $850.50
    $850.50
    0
    $0
  • E-Bike option $250 + GST
    $262.50
    $262.50
    0
    $0
Total$0

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