Wondering where to go to enjoy the beautiful weather? Well, I have a good suggestion (you can also read about two more here): Vaarniemen torni.
Vaarniemen torni is an observation tower, located just within the territory of Kaarina. It takes about 40 minutes from the student village (TYS office) to get there, but probably less if you push it.
You can have a look here to see how to get there. The way is not too hard to follow, and it is almost only on biking path. There are also only small uphills, so the level of biking difficulty is low. Don’t forget your water though, you will happy you brought some if the day is warm. It’s about 10km from the TYS office to the destination.
Why it’s worth the trip
What makes Vaarniemen torni a great bike excursion is both the destination and the road. Though the beginning is nothing exceptional, once you get to the outskirt of Turku, you will start seeing a bit the Finnish countryside and it’s picturesque farms.
The best part is when you get close to the destination and the traffic diminishes to almost nothing. Though the last few hundred meters are on a gravel road, smell of the pines and charm of the surrounding fields compensates fully.
What is waiting for you once you get to the foot of the hill is a flight of wooden stairs. Though intimidating at first, know that the view waiting is worth the effort.
Once you get to the top, you will have to find the tower (torni is tower in Finnish). From there, you can enjoy the great view on the surrounding landscape (as well as all the graffitis left by random teenagers).
Here is a glimpse of what you might see:
Vaarniemen torni is a pretty nice bike trip. The way to get there is great, and the destination as well. You can bring a lunch and eat while enjoying the view.
I would say to give yourself around three hours altogether, if you want to take your time. The K-Citymarket of Kupittaa is also on the way, so you can combine the trip with picking up your latest package from posti.
There is also a number of hiking trails around that area, so you can combine hiking and biking.