The Velkua area in Naantali consists of 300 islands of which nine are inhabitated all year round. Velkua has about 250 inhabitants and 1700 recreational residents, and is a great destination for fishing, boating or hiking — right in the middle of the beautiful archipelago nature.

Here we have gathered a short summary of information on how to get around, as well as some details on various services and sights on some of the islands.

Welcome to Velkua!

Permanent road connection to Teersalo

The centre of Velkua, Teersalo, is located at the southern end of the island of Livonsaari. It is connected to the mainland via a network of bridges. Teersalo is 29 km away from the centre of the town of Naantali, 45 km from the city of Turku.

By car from Turku (open the map) drive first towards Naantali. Continue past the Naantali town centre towards Rymättylä. Turn right after the Särkänsalmi bridge and drive thru Merimasku and Livonsaari to Teersalo in Velkua.

By bicycle follow the same route as abowe, but use the cycle paths (open the map) from Turku to Naantali and at Merimasku between the bridges Särkänsalmi and Kirkonsalmi. Cycle on the side of the main road during the remaining parts of the trip. The roads are asphalted but quite narrow.

By bus start with checking the timetables as the connections between Turku and Velkua vary depending on the season of the year: check

Vainion Liikenne buses leaves at the Turku buss station. First get onboard the Turku—Uusikaupunki bus and switch to the Velkua/Teersalo bus at the Lemu crossroads (Lemu th). Timetables are available at Matkahuolto (enter Turku bus station and Teersalo in the search fields) and at the bus company website (route Turku—Lemu—Askainen—Velkua).

Föli (Turku Region Traffic) check timetables to Velkua (Teersalo) from Föli’s website  where there’s also a journey planner.

During the school terms there are also school bus lines between Velkua and the centre of Naantali. These can be used by everyone.

Teersalo

Restaurant Rantaklubi (left) and the Velkua guest harbour with restaurant Wanha Salakuljettaja (right). © Rantaklubi, Wanha Salakuljettaja

Restaurant Rantaklubi also has a small general store and a fuel filling station for boats. Restaurant Wanha Salakuljettaja is located in the guest harbour.

Facility centre Kummeli. © Archives/JK

Facility centre Kummeli houses a library, post office, town service office, healthcare services, service apartments for the elderly and day care for children. The Naantali pharmacy service point offers a limited selection of over-the-counter drugs and health products.

The room at Meriharakka (left) and the houses at Haukka farm (right). © Meriharakka Henttula

Meriharakka offers accommodation in a sea-view room.

Continue by commuter vessel or ferry

Commuter vessel Kivimo and the ferry to Palva. © Henri Soukka, archives/LL

From Teersalo you can continue by a yellow ferry to Palva and from there by ferry to Velkuanmaa. Ferries follow timetables during the day, with departures every half an hour. During the night ferries have to be ordered by phone one hour before the time of departure: 0400 525 901.

The white commuter vessel Kivimo takes you from Teersalo to several nearby islands such as Salavainen (the piers Rauhala and Salavainen), Lailuoto, Talosmeri, Munninmaa, Kettumaa, Liettinen and Tammisluoto. During the summer Kivimo also has some routes to Hakkenpää in Taivassalo (cars are not transported on this route). Kivimo has a small upper deck and a sitting room cabin for passengers. The main deck has space for bicycles and about eight cars. .

Ferry.fi — ferry schedules in Finland »

The main islands of Velkua. © Archives

Palva

St. Henry's church. © Ilkka Puonti, archives

St. Henry’s wooden church (Pyhän Henrikin kirkko) from 1793 is a popular sight. There is a monument to the 1808 sea battle of Palva next to the church.

Velkua school (Velkuan koulu) with public education from pre-school to the ninth grade is also located at Palva.

Velkuanmaa

© Archipelago Hotel Vaihela

The Vaihela Archipelago Hotel has 11 rooms, three restaurants, wine cellar and a guest harbour.

Ateljee Leposka offers a variety of personal ceramic works and gifts.

Salavainen

© Haukka farm

At Haukka farm one can get accustomed to the life at a farm in an authentic archipelago milieu. See old tools, buildings or hike on the nature trail.

© Pursihuvilat

Pursihuvilat offers villa accommodation with sea view and all comforts.