Tuorla–Yliopistonmäki (14 km)
Reitin kuvaus: The route begins in Kaarina and takes the trekker past forests, fields, and residental districts along quiet gravel and asphalt roads towards Turku. It ends on Yliopistonmäki, next to the main building of the University of Turku. This semi-urban route is excellently suited for a day trip on a bicycle or on foot.
The Time Trek from Kaarina to Turku will explore the history of the universe from its very beginning to current times. The topics will touch upon all natural sciences. This route with academical preciseness is best suited for students of natural sciences, and others enthusiatic about natural history. This Time Trek is an official tourist attraction of the University of Turku.
Important waypoints are marked with brass plates attached to large granite boulders or separate stands. Their short descriptions note important events along the long history of the universe. Additional explanations are available on the timeline on these pages, and the events are even further elaborated in the printed Time Book (order now!). The route has also a series of geocaches (see also this).
Guided treks: Guided treks by experts are available for booking on this route.
Arrival: The route begins from the Väisäläntie tunnel in Kaarina (map: Karttapaikka, GoogleMaps) and ends at the Yliopistonmäki hill in Turku (Karttapaikka, GoogleMaps). As you arrive, exit Helsingintie (road 101) to Tuorlantie. Take the next left to Väisäläntie (next to the inn). The route begins ca. 250 metres from this crossing. We recommend arriving by bicycle or on foot, or using public transport (local buses 700–708, K2 and K5). Local public transport offers good connections to both Turku and neighbouring towns. If you arrive by car, please leave it near the inn, because Väisäläntie is very narrow in places, and it is occasionally used by large farm vehicles. If you’re trekking on your own we recommend using the accompanied map karttaa and written instructions so you stay on the right path.
Accessibility: The route is almost entirely accessible. There are some stairs at the end, going up the Yliopistonmäki hill (on Koskenniemenkatu after turning from Kerttulinkatu; map: Karttapaikka, GoogleMaps). However, they can be circumnavigated with a detour of ca. 100 meters (Kerttulinkatu–Henrikinkatu–Horttokuja).
Partners: The route was designed as a joint project between the University of Turku and the department of Geology and mineralogy of Åbo Akademi University, and built in cooperation with the City of Turku, Town of Kaarina and Palin Granit Oy.
Trekker comments and pictures:
- Mar 17th 2015: Last Friday’s lecture: Create a phenomenon out of the hiking trail (EPn’B innovation in progress)
- Mar 11th 2015: Lucky Kirsi (KSV53)
- Apr 24th 2014: Exploring the Time Trek Trail (Blog de Mike)
- Feb 26th 2014: Aikavaellus – Time trek (TimoOK / Flickr)
- Feb 26th 2014: Aikavaellus (Realistisen optimistin juttuja)
- Jan 1st 2013: Time & Space Turku (Turistista Turkulaiseksi)
- Jun 9th 2012: Time Trek (…Viiletellen)
- Jul 29th 2011: #Aikavaellus (Mace Ojala / Flickr)
- Aika vaellus Turun yliopistolta Kaarinan Tuorlaan (Virpi Kiuru / Picdo)
- Aliens in Turku (Cheshtaa Chitkara / Erasmusu)
- Photo log of Work Day 1 (Adventum58)
- Geocaching: Series of geocaches from the Tuorla observatory to the University of Turku