The King’s Road is one of Northern Europe’s oldest transportation routes. Its royal pedigree alludes to the fact that this corridor was used by Swedish kings to wreak havoc on Russia and by the Russian Czar to return the favour in kind, once he got his chance. Originating in Bergen, Norway, it follows a postal route into Stockholm and eastward to the island of Åland, through the archipelago to Turku, from there to Helsinki and ends in St. Petersburg by way of Finland’s southern coastline. Finland is the first of the Nordic countries to build a thematic tourist route around the road which is promoted for do-it-yourself automobile and bicycle touring and is designated by brown and white signage. It is the first such tourist trail in Finland and is a journey in time as well as in space. Landmarks along Finland’s Kings Road include mediaeval churches, grand manor houses and villas, spas and moose. While the Kings Road tends to meander around and through quaint villages, it never strays too far from civilization, so that visitors can enjoy both Finland’s pristine wilderness and hip urban scene. Some of the attractions scattered on and around the Kings Road are the mediaeval Castle and Aboa Vetus district in Turku, the old cities of Porvoo and Loviisa, Raseborg Castle, Fagervik Manor, Fiskars iron works, Naantali, the Saaristo Archipelago, Sjundby Castle, Manor Espoonkartano, and the Nuuksio and Sipoonkorpi National Parks. The pace of travel is up to the road-tripper of course and depends on whether St. Petersburg or Stockholm is chosen as the starting gate or final destination and how many spas are visited on route. Typical tours focusing on Finland range between 5-8 days.