Archipelago ring road part 4

After a long ride on the ferry cross the sea from Houtskär on the Archipelago ring road, we enter on the Korpo island, which was also former municipality, with Houtskär, Iniö, Nagu and Pargas to form the new town of Väståboland. As of 1 January 2012 Väståboland was renamed as Pargas.

As we set driving from Galtby, it is a very short drive to intersection of regional road 180, which goes from Kaarina to Korpo. But we drive it the other way around. This part of the Archipelago ring road is in my opinion the best part as the road isn't that narrow and it is in pretty good shape.

And after a few minutes drive we enter the other end of the Korpo island and we wait for a cable ferry to cross the bay to Nagu island. Korpo is a favourite tourist destination in Finland and it is home to many summer cottages. It is believed in the summer months the population rises from around 800 to 5,000. This is reflected in additional car ferries to and from the island operating in these months. Even so, with extra ferries there can still be extended queues at peak times in summer and especially at weekends, when travellers can expect to wait up to an hour to board a car ferry.


Nagu consists of two main islands (Lillandet and Storlandet) and 1500–3000 smaller islands and skerries located south of Turku in the province of Western Finland in the region of Southwest Finland. The Nagu archipelago is part of the world's largest brackish water archipelago with 100 000 islands, islets and skerries in Sweden, Finland and Estonia. The total area of Nagu is 1 698,44 km2, of which the land area is only 246.88 km2 (95.32 sq mi),[1] or less than 15%.

Nagu is among the biggest service and tourism centres of the archipelago region. All across the Nagu archipelago, there are several leisure boat harbours, the biggest of which is situated in the centre of Nagu, a village called Kyrkbacken (Swedish for ’Church hill’). Beside the harbour and the 15th century church of Nagu the village offers two grocery stores, two banks, gas stations for both cars and boats, a post office, several daily coach connections in both directions (to Turku and Houtskär), several hotels and a large number of restaurants and souvenir shops. The souvenir shops and some of the restaurants are open during summer only.

And then we enter the other end of NAgu and from there we hop on the hybrid ferry, either L/A Elektra or its sister ferry L/A Altera