Arriving to Finnish Harley Weekend 2021 (from Finnish border to Helsinki)
Helsinki – Daughter of the Baltic Sea – is easily and beatifully reachable from wherever You are travelling. Our Road Crew and chapter members will be happy to assist you with planning Your ride should you have any problems deciding Your route to Helsinki.
Finnish roads are in fairly good condition – even though we complain a lot about how not enough funds are directed into road maintenance. If you stay on the roads that have 1, 2 or 3 digits in their numbers you will stay on asfalt roads mostly in decent or good condition.
Traffic in Finland is very safe in comparison to many other countries.
Some traffic regulations:
-Wearing a helmet is obligatory
-General speed limit is 80 km/h, community areas 50 km/h. Highways go up to 120 km/h, and in front of Schools and kindergartens 30 km/h.
-there are speed cameras (there is a traffic sign before the camera)
-blood alcohol level should be zero when driving – and must be under .05
-do not overtake from the right – ever
-police monitor speeds and traffic safety actively
-police are trustworthy and polite. But stern – Stern but fair.
-please have your driver’s license and insurance sertificate (Green card) with you
More on traffic in Finland (https://wildnordics.com/what-you-need-to-know-before-driving-in-finland/)
Please also note that a driver’s license is not an official EU-identification method and you may be required to present your official identification (passport or official EU-id).
Road to Helsinki in many cases runs over the Baltic Sea. Ferries to Finland embark from Stockholm, Tallinn, Gdansk, Travemünde, Rostock and St. Petersburg. You should arrive in Helsinki or Turku (200 km ride to Helsinki). We recommend using Tallink-Silja when arriving from Tallinn or Stockholm. Special prices for event participants with discount code 140327. https://www.tallinksilja.com
Other connections are https://www.sales.vikingline.com/
These are routes recommended for everyone. There are even better ones if you have time for it. Ask.
Arriving from direction of Vaasa or Tampere fastest route is the number E12 highway which will lead you directly to Helsinki.
If arriving from further in North from Haaparanta/Tornio the most efficient route is the Road 4 or E75 all the way to Helsinki.
This being said, these might not be the best routes. Pretty much on either side of this highway there are nice smaller roads in good condition.
If you are coming from our the land viking fellows in Norway, You propably allready know your way through lovely finnish Lapland. Just drive to where the Scandic mountains grow smaller and smaller and then disappear alltogether. Road E8, E75 or my favourite Road 93 are your entrances to our beautifull country.
Route 1 Vaasa-Helsinki
Follow the E12 to Laihia.
Take the Road 18 towards Seinäjoki. If you have time or you are hungry stop by at Kyrö Distillery (Oltermannintie 8, 61500 Isokyrö. Www.kyrodistillery.com).
Stay on the 18 road untill you come accross road 66.
Follow the road 66 to Orivesi. The road number changes to 58 but keep going.
Outside Kangasala road 58 ends and you will turn left/south on the road 12.
Follow the road 12 until road 57.
Follow road 57 to Tiiriö. You have arrived in Hämeenlinna.
From Hämeenlinna it is best to take the highway E12 or country road 130. Road 130 is in good condition and runs alongside to highway but it’s nicer to ride on a bike.
Once you arrive near Helsinki take the “Kehä I” (Ring road 1) to west and you will have arrived at Finnish Harley Weekend 2021 just in time for helmet beers.
Route 2 Oulu/Tornio-Helsinki
Follos the Road 4 to pass Oulu.
And actually follow the Road 4 all the way to Jyväskylä.
There take the Road 9/E63 to Jämsä.
In Jämsä turn to Road 24. Stay on the road untill Lahti.
From Lahti take to Road 4/E75 (highway) or coutnry Road 140. Road 140 is good condition and runs alongside to highway but it’s nicer to ride on a bike.
Once you arrive near Helsinki take the “Kehä I” (Ring road 1) to west and you will arrive at Finnish Harley Weekend 2021 just in time for helmet beers.
Arriving from Turku to Helsinki is always a joy.
From Turku Harbour do not follow the signs to Helsinki. They will take you to a bypass road which is an unnecessary detour. Head straight for the city center. Then follow the signs to Helsinki.
You will most likely end up on the Road 1/E18 or Road 110. Both lead straight to Helsinki.
Take the Road 1/E18 (highway) or country Road 110. Road 110 is in good condition and runs alongside to highway but it’s nicer to ride on a bike. I would suggest to stop for a coffee or lunch at Lahnajärvi or lunch and shopping at Kasvihuoneilmiö.
Once you arrive near Helsinki follows the signs and you will arrive at Finnish Harley Weekend 2021 just in time for helmet beers.
From East When arriving from the east you will enter Finland in Nuijamaa, Vaalimaa or Vuosaari (harbour in Helsinki).
From Vaalimaa to Helsinki is pretty straight forward. Follow the Road 7 / E18. Or just take the “Vaalimaantie” country road to Hamina. And from Hamina follow the Road 170 to Helsinki.
Once you arrive near Helsinki you may take the “Kehä I” (Ring road 1) to west and you will arrive at Finnish Harley Weekend 2021 just in time for helmet beers.
But this ring road will make you ride around the whole city. So I would ride directly through the city centre. Yes, really. Just head for the Main Railway Station and drive by it. Head for Road 51.
From Vuosaari harbour just head for Helsinki city centre and find Road 51. You can follow the signs towards centre but it will be a little longer. And you can take the “Kehä I” ring road if you do not like to ride in the centre but it will be a longer trip.
Aah, arriving by ferry from Tallinn or Stockholm. You will arrive very much in the middle of the city.
If arriving by Tallink-Silja to Länsisatama/Ruoholahti you’re almost there. Just drive out and follow the signs for Road 51 towards Turku. And then follow the Finnish Harley Weekend 2021 -signs.
If you are arriving by Tallink-Silja or Viking Lines to Katajanokka or Etelä-Satama or Olympiaterminaali I suggest you just follow the coast line to west. Drive through Kaivopuisto park and when you see the signs to Road 51, follow them. Once on the Road 51 towards Turku, follow the signs for Finnish Harley Weekend.
GPS files will be available before your ride in.
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