Getting Here and Getting Around
The Pellinge group of islands lies geographically only 50 km east of Helsinki and 22 km south-east of downtown Borgå. The group of islands is reached by ferry free of charge from Tirmo over Sunisund to Sundö with 15 minute intervals, according to the timetable. The ferry over Sunisund takes only five minutes, after which four bridges connect the different islands: Sundö, Tullandet, Lill-Pellinge, Stor-Pellinge and Ölandet. Asfaltsvägen from north to south is only 7.5 km long, but off the main road there are tens of kilometers of smaller sandy roads.
By Car/RentalPellinge is reached most easily by car at a distance of 90 km, 90 min travel time, from Helsinki and 30 km, approx. 30 min travel time, from downtown Borgå. Car rental is available in Borgå. Free parking is available on Sandholmsudden and in Sturjan. The different sights on the island usually have their own small parking lot for visitors. Paid parking for longer times can be found at former Pellinge school.
By Boat/Boat TrailerPellinge lies between the inner and outer waterway to the east of Helsinki, which makes the group of islands easily accessible by boat regardless of the weather. Charts over Pellinge are in chart series A Helsinki - Viborg, map sheet 620. On mainland Pellinge, there is a guest harbor, Sandholmsudden 232, and a guest pier, Söderby 233 in Sturjan.
Landing sites on different islands around Pellinge are at recreational areas Brokholmen 220, Bredholmen 221, Norra Sandön 223 and Äggskär 235.
Smaller boats can be launched from the natural ramps in Tirmo or Sturjan, as well as from Sandholmsudden’s concrete ramp. At Sandholmsudden or Pellinge Fish Cooperative’s pier in Tirmo, larger boats can be launched or taken up by crane. There are also several launching ramps round about Borgå.
Via Skipperi one can also find different boats to rent for private use. In the villageshop Söderby-Boden you can hire a small rowing boat for the day.
By BicycleFrom Borgå to Pellinge, it is about 2 hours (30 km) by bicycle. The roadside is rather narrow and the country roads are well travelled. Bicycles are an environmentally friendly way to get around in Pellinge and can also be rented at Benita’s Café on Sandholmsudden or at the villageshop Söderby-Boden. It is important to cycle with care; the roads in Pellinge are even narrower than on the mainland and visibility can be bad along the winding roads.
Cycle Paths: Pellinge from Island to Island
By BusOne can also go by bus to Pellinge. Timetables and stops can be found easily via Matkahuolto. Usually there is only one ride to and from Pellinge (Sturjan) on weekdays. To Tirmo, form where the Pellinge ferry goes over to Pellinge, there are several bus connections to choose from on weekdays. There are no buses on Saturdays. During the summer there is an extra bus from Helsinki, via Borgå, to Pellinge on Friday evening and then from Pellinge to Helsinki, via Borgå, on Sunday evening.
By taxiIn Pellinge there is a local taxi company, Pellinge taxi & minibus service, at your disposal.
On FootTo properly experience the different villages in Pellinge, it is best to move about on foot. Narrow, winding sandy paths can be impassable, especially with low-bottomed vehicles. Consider also the local population when moving about on the islands. According to the right of public access, one may move on foot outdoors on skis or bicycle except for in courtyards and other areas used for special purposes, e.g. cultivated fields, plantations or animal pastures. It is not permitted to disrupt the domestic peace or cause inconveniences or damage for other persons or in nature.
Free parking is available on Sandholmsudden and in Sturjan. The different sights on the island usually have their own small parking lot for visitors. There are also several planned hiking routes on the islands. Base map of Pellinge can be found via Lantmäteriet’s MapSite.
By Charter/Tour BoatIt is also possible to charter larger boats for a tour to or around Pellinge. Local businesses that offer boat transportation are Roger Weckman with Nora, Magnus Nyholm and Martin Tillman. Sometimes tour boats visit Pellinge, such as m/s J.L. Runeberg.
Via Skipperi one can also find different boats to rent for private use.