Kayaking is a fantastic way to experience the Finnish Archipelago! During Aavameri's guided tours and courses all stress disappears and your mind is at rest. Activities are arranged most weekdays on Ruissalo, Turku and in the Archipelago National Park.
Adventure tips for the Turku Archipelago
The mouth of the River Aura is the start of the 40,000 islands of Turku’s archipelago, which the locals claim to be the most beautiful in the world. Head there for a little day trip or try kayaking. Let the adventure begin!
Escape the city into Ruissalo's nature and cultural exercise routes
If the shores of the river Aura are Turku's living room, then Ruissalo is surely the city's garden. Spring on the island is a delight, whilst nothing compares to its beauty in summer. Explore the nature trails or experience some culture – or do both on popular cultural exercise routes.
Summer trails – how to access the most world’s most beautiful Turku Archipelago
There's nothing wrong with the mediterranean but even bigger wonder lies in the surroundings of Turku. The over 40,000 islands and nature is said to be the most beautiful in the world. Inspiration and passion await you in Turku's Archipelago.
To extract every bit of joy from the summer, escape the everyday, and bring you and your companions that holiday feeling, Aavameri has created the ideal package, catering for all that’s required for a perfect summer’s day. Upon arriving on the island of Satava for the summer season, Aavameri set up a kayak and SUP-board rental point. Now interested kayaking enthusiasts of all levels, from beginners to professionals, can explore the surrounding waters, whether independently or as a guided activity. The company also organises guided tours and courses.
Situated by the sea, Airisniemi Estate offers a lavish setting for unforgettable weddings, birthday parties, company wellbeing days and classic crayfish parties. In addition to the stylish main building, which is more than 100 years old, patrons have the use of the stunning Mutteri Pavilion, a landmark overlooking the Airisto Sea, as well as a handsome sauna building dating from the 1970s. All this can be found only a 25-minute drive from the centre of Turku.
Åland will celebrate 100 years of self-government for a full year beginning on 9th June 2021. The celebration of the anniversary year is attended by the whole of Åland: its residents, visitors, organisations and companies. During the year, every event is more impressive than the next, one of which is the City Festival, Sail Åland from 22nd-25th July. Here, you can experience the maritime atmosphere of the city at its best, whilst at the same time enjoying good food, drink, the market atmosphere as well as entertainment.
Cosy company, good food and carefree experiences in a maritime milieu! Ålandhotels have three hotels located in Mariehamn, giving you the chance to enjoy a holiday by the sea, all year round. Scandinavian style Hotel Pommern provides a magnificent setting for both tourists and business travellers. Recipient of the Nordic Swan Eco label, the Savoy Hotel offers an environmentally friendly hotel. The seaside Hotel Adlon is situated by the harbour.
Amandis is a café-restaurant and boutique hotel with the world’s best waffles, handmade entirely from scratch in its own kitchen. Waffles are available with sweet and savoury fillings. Amandis is known not only for its waffles but also for its excellent service and charming milieu. Amandis has already won the SMAKU food competition twice and has been nominated in the Finnish Travel Gala in 2019 as the travel destination of the year. In addition, the entrepreneur Annika has also received tourism’s newcomer of the year. Amandis welcomes you with open arms.
Archipelago National park - a mosaic of the sea and thousands of islands! The Archipelago National Park is located just 60 kilometres from Turku. Visitors can reach the park via Kimito and Pargas. The Archipelago National Park is one of the most species-rich regions in Finland. Visitors can also experience archipelago life and culture within the park as well as in co-operation areas outside it. The Archipelago National Park is part of the Archipelago Sea Biosphere Reserve established by UNESCO.
Archipelago Sea Jazz is a unique series of four festivals that invite you to embrace the intimate archipelago atmosphere and top music during the summer of 2021. The collection of seaside festivals brings jazz enthusiasts together on Kimito Island, in Korpo, to the Ruissalo Boatyard in Turku and Mariehamn in Åland. World class jazz and the romance of the archipelago: this is Archipelago Sea Jazz.
This tourist route going round the Archipelago of Turku takes you through the magnificent natural and cultural landscapes. Along the 250 km route you'll encounter 12 bridges, 9 ferries and many idyllic Archipelago parishes. By car you can drive the route in a day, but why hurry? Bike and hike and stay along the way.
Founded in 2008, ArtTeatro is a circus and artistic variety services enterprise. Our company specialises in the production of high-quality entertainment experiences as well as the organisation of circus activities. ArtTeatro offers circus performances, circus activities, programme numbers such as acrobatics, juggling, art trapeze or string dancing, mystical black and magic theatre performances, as well as circus history lectures.
The Baltic Sea Day is celebrated on the 26th August, bringing together many interesting events. The different kinds of events of the Baltic Sea Day are open to all, of which participation in many is free. For instance, are you interested in a creative writing workshop where you dive into the deep sea of life? Or perhaps a tour, a performance or discussion? Maybe a Nature Symphony in an open-air concert, a Baltic Sea menu or a group dip in the sea? The Baltic Sea brings many memorable moments!
Nagu's guest marina is home to a real pearl of the archipelago – bistro and bar Båthuset. The magical archipelago atmosphere will lift your summer's day to a whole new level. Båthuset's bistro offers great variety with its delicious breakfast selection, pastries and sumptuous meals. Beach Bar's range of drinks make those summer moments even more amazing.
Big Pike Adventures is a professional fishing and wilderness company, offering guided fishing excursions into the beautiful nature of the Archipelago Sea. The fishing and wilderness services are suitable for people of any age, from fishing groups to a family day in the Archipelago Sea.
The southernmost sites of the Bothnian Sea National Park are located in Kustavi. On a boat trip, get to know the magnificent archipelago nature along with the culturally and historically significant Isokari Lighthouse Island and Katanpää Island Fortress. For a longer stay, book accommodation on the islands or pack a tent with you. See the Visit Kustavi website for more information on the destinations and boat trips.
This nice beach by the Kakskerta lake on the Kakskerta island used to belong to the nearby Brinkhall Manor. Sandy beach is family friendly and the lake warms up faster than the sea does (which is pretty important here in Nordic Countries!)
Rent a Buster, take the wheel and enjoy the water! Buster Rent hires boats in Turku, Raisio and Helsinki. The boats can be ordered to anywhere. It can be launched directly into the water, delivered on a trailer or you can pick it up and take it on your journey.
In Ruissalo's charming villa restaurant in Saaronniemi you are able to enjoy refreshments and pastries as well as tasty meals and salads. Villa Saaro is located on a hill overlooking the Saaronniemi beach and camping facility.
Experience Turku and the archipelago by bike! Carfield is a bicycle rental company in Turku with over 40 rental locations around the archipelago. Carfield's range of bicycles includes high-quality hybrid bikes, trekking bikes, electric bikes and children's bikes. You are able to hire a bike from one location and return it to another. All rental locations and prices are found on the bike rental website.
Jump on your bike and pedal along the coast through maritime archipelago scenery. Take a deviation along the way to visit one of the idyllic ironworks and coastal villages, refresh yourself with a dip in the sea, enjoy the local restaurants and cafés, or rest and admire the peace of Finland's nature in one of three different national parks. The entire journey is just over 200 km long, part of which is made by ferry. During the sea voyage between Hanko and Kasnäs, you’ll have the chance to explore the famous Bengtskär lighthouse.
Ekvalla beach is situated on the Satava island. This sandy beach is a good choice for families and sun seekers as well as disabled. Whatever your physical impairment, you can have a dip as this swimming area has specially designed walkways and a wheelchair ramp into the water. Lifeguards are available during the school summer holiday period.
Restaurant Kultaranta, situated in the clubhouse of Kultaranta Resort, with its panoramic terrace and fully licensed bar, offers a great setting for corporate events and various celebrations. From the beginning of April to the end of October, the restaurant serves daily a truly delicious archipelago breakfast and buffet lunch. Kultaranta Heineken House has become very popular spot for evening dining. The renowned gourmet pizzas, served on stylish wooden planks, are made from only the freshest ingredients, using Kultaranta's own special tomato sauce recipe.
Herrankukkaro means "Mama's pocket", and that's what it's all about. Built in the surroundings of an old fisherman's village is this distinctive conference and recreation venue in Turku's Archipelago. Awarded as the best tourism company in Finland, the village milieu intended for groups and companies operates throughout the year.
Step aboard the steamship s/s Ukkopekka and enjoy the atmosphere on the memorable archipelago cruises! On summer nights, the ship heads to Loistokari Island for charming Entertainment and Evening cruises. On Loistokari sits an old lighthouse cottage, where Akka and Ukko live. Their smoked fish and flame-grilled delicacies are served to the guests of the s/s Ukkopekka. The cruises are suitable for individuals, couples, families and groups.
Hyppeis Värdshus hotel and restaurant is located by the sea on the Island of Houtskär, in the village of Hyppeis about 6 km from the Archipelago Trail. Hyppeis Värdshus offers a multi-sensory experience, with tranquil surroundings, comfortable accommodation and delicious local food. Built in an old village school, the hotel’s seaside location in flanked by beautiful cliffs and idyllic boat sheds.
Embrace the fresh sea air and new adventures just a short distance away! Åland offers a lot to experience and do for outdoor enthusiasts. Try out the unique experiences by paddling, hiking or biking around the magnificent archipelago. In the Åland archipelago, more than 30 newly renovated hiking trails are just waiting to be explored, whilst the network of cycle paths is constantly being expanded. All around Åland, open nature awaits and the sea is always close at hand. The adventure is waiting for you!
Ispoinen beach is located within easy reach from Turku Centre by bus number 9 or 13. Lifeguards are supervising swimming on the beach during the school summer holiday periods. Swimmers can even access the beach during the winter!
J & M Launokorpi Oy organises great archipelago tours, inspiring bike and nature trips as well as diverse cultural excursion in the Turku Archipelago and nearby areas. From what’s on offer, you’re sure to find a trip suitable for your group with the possibility to tailor a bespoke travel package if required. J & M Launokorpi Oy also has well-equipped charter buses of various sizes.
Experience Turku's archipelago by boat! The beauty of Turku's archipelago is truly seen when the ropes are cast off from the quay. JetRent hires out multiple sizes of boats and jet skis for use on your own, independent archipelago adventure. Rental boats are new, well-equipped and ready waiting in the water. The homeport is the guest marina of Kaarina Hovirinta.
Kaarina has numerous nature attractions, parks and beaches. At the newly renovated Hovirinta Beach Park, there is plenty to do by the sea, on the terrace, at the playgrounds, in the traffic park or in the sports zone. When visiting Kaarina outdoors, in addition to six beaches, there is the Linnavuori hill in Piikkiö, the Kuninkaantie road environment around Tuorla, or the rural landscapes along the outdoor trails of Lemunniemi. There are also SUP-boards or boats for hire, with kayaking trips and guided tours available as well."
Eat well and stay comfortably! Kasnäs guests are pampered through a multifaceted programme, great service and good food. In the maritime milieu of the spa you will find non-smoking rooms where guests experience cottage ambiance on their own terrace. With many options to choose from, guests can go to the gym, relax by the pools and in the saunas, or indulge in a variety of spa treatments. Restaurant Kasnäs Paviljong is known for its delicious fish buffet, and the new summer terrace boasts spectacular sea views.
The Koivukankare Holiday Resort is located in Kaarina, surrounded by beautiful natural on the shores of the Kuusistonsalmi inlet. The beautiful seaside scenery and tranquil location provides an excellent setting for holidays, accommodation, meetings and celebrations. Koivukankare offers a variety of activities, with everyone able to find something to their liking.
The 18-hole golf course, designed by Swedish golf architect Jan Sederholm, is located in the beautiful archipelago landscape of Naantali’s Luonnonmaa. The high-quality fairways of the course have been specifically designed to meet the needs and desires of the average club player. Kultaranta also offers a variety of training options. Both the 7-hole Par 3 as well as the Minigolf Arena are perfect for honing your short-game and practicing putting. Kultaranta Resort is growing at a rapid pace and is being acknowledged as Finland's most attractive golf tourism destination.
In the high-quality, stylishly Scandinavian accommodation of the Kultaranta Resort, you’ll be in the heart of nature whilst still having the clubhouse services close at hand. In the peaceful archipelago landscape, allow the mind and body to truly relax. The Luhtihotel and holiday apartments provide luxury and privacy, ideal for either work or leisure activities. The Kultaranta Resort was recently awarded the Best Golf Hotel in Finland at the 2020 hotels "Oscar Gala".
Kustavi's summer, with its variety of events, is a magnet for tourists. The Circus Festival and the Volter Kilpi Literature Week offer a feast for culture and art enthusiasts alike in Kustavi. Villagers and visitors can take part in unique archipelago traditions, such as the raising of the midsummer pole on Midsummer's Eve. Go to the Visit Kustavi website to explore more the events calendar.
In Kustavi on the southwest coast of Finland, there are almost 2000 islands, less than 1000 inhabitants but more than 900 km of shorelines. As you wander along Kustavi’s forested upland paths, live the life of an explorer: how memorable and exciting it would be to discover your own magnificent rocky cliff or sheltered cove. Staring out onto the open sea from the silhouetted cliffs, it’s magical to share a moment alone with just the Artic Jaeger, Greylag Geese or Sea Eagle for company. With the drive from Turku under an hour, Kustavi is even suitable as a day trip.
Åll about Turku – See Turku like you've never seen it before! Låna has brought modern picnic-boats to the River Aura, letting you see the city from a unique view. Take a romantic picnic ride with a loved one, spend an evening with a friend or borrow the River Aura for a meeting. Design your own adventure or let us build a special experience for your group.
Are you planning to visit Turku as a tourist and do you need a guide, who speaks a foreign languages fluently, and has a car with space for a driver and 6 passengers? Is your company receiving international guests, who you would like to show a bit of Finnish culture, before your business lunch? Lena's Sightseeing offers memorable guide services focused on Finnish culture that are tailored especially to your company's needs. Attention! During the coronavirus pandemic, tours will be mainly held as walking tours.
Lintula Apartments offer unique accommodation in the wooden homes of Naantali’s old town. Beautifully renovated, well-equipped apartments and an atmospheric, sheltered courtyard with great views and comfort guaranteed. The courtyard terrace and garden furniture is a shared space for all guests of Pikku-Lintula. The little wooden homes of the Bridgettine Convent make for a unique and peaceful milieu, whilst every air-conditioned apartment is individually different, both in form and spirit.
The harbour, shoreside restaurant and camping ground are located 75 km from Turku and 2 km from the ferry that connects to Åland. Lootholma has a guest harbour, shoreside saunas, as well as a camping ground suited for campers and caravans. The location also includes several beaches suited for swimming and a frisbeegolf course.
Step aboard the high-quality M/S Rudolfina and enjoy the ship’s delicious buffet, fresh sea air and stunning scenery. Rudolfina cruises to the Turku Archipelago from May to September from the Archipelago Ship Harbour of Turku (Turun Saaristolaivasatama), sailing daily out to sea as well as to Naantali in the evenings. Rudolfina is available for hire to private groups.
In Maisaari there's plenty to do for the whole family! The island is located in the beautiful archipelago of Naantali, in Rymättylä. The island caters for everyone. Whatever your interest, from yoga and tranquil retreats to nature walks, sauna and overnight trip for the whole family, the staff will help create the perfect stay.
The forecourt of Forum Marinum is the venue for an active summer market, offering a variety of things to do, ideas for the archipelago tourist as well as memorable culinary delicacies from local producers. The summer market offers a changing weekly programme for ten weeks across summer. On the weekends during July, the summer market also provides the opportunity for tourists to explore memorable culinary experiences from nearby producers. The summer market is carried out in connection with the maritime centre.
Contrary to what the name suggests, Uusikaupunki (New City) is over 400 years old! When getting to know the maritime town, it’s worth starting at the magnificent shore of the Kaupunginlahti Bay, where the info-walls and story placards along the promenade form a kind of open-air museum. The charming 19th century warehouses of the beach boulevard, once upon a time storing salt, now house restaurants and terraces with an enticing atmosphere. The Pakkahuone café on the guest marina serves up delicious doughnuts and hosts popular events. Don’t miss out on the all the activity at the night markets. Experience the city’s fascinating history by downloading the new UkiAR mobile app, and let a maid from the 19th century take you on guided tour. The Bothnian Sea National Park is also waiting close at hand, with trips available via a variety of cruises. Popular destinations include the Katanpää Island Fortress as well as Isonkari Lighthouse Island.
Merikoivula is located in Lokalahti, in a beautiful pine forest right by the sea. The fishing and holiday village offers accommodation in 7 new villas, 6 cabins as well as the original, newly renovated Holm holiday cottages. The area has its own marina with boats for hire and a grilling hut. Merikoivula also has two custom saunas - a 15-person sauna connected to the 60-person conference facility in addition to 8-person Holm seaside sauna. There are also two tennis courts, football and volleyball courts, children’s playgrounds and a fitness area.
Moominworld is an enchanting blend of authentic archipelago nature and the fairytale creations of Tove Jansson. All visitors are invited to come and embrace the magic, with the Moomins' island home offering enough activities, attractions and experiences for several days of adventure! The Moomin Shop in Naantali’s old town is also open during Moominworld’s opening times.
Exploring the sights of Naantali from the saddle of a bike is nothing but fun! Naantali’s choice of charming cycling routes range from a few kilometres to multi-day excursions. From Naantali, you have convenient access to the cycle roads of the Archipelago Trail, which connects all the way to Åland islands. Check out the selection of routes on the Visit Naantali website. Bicycle hire, whether for a few hours or several days, is also available in Naantali.
Naantali is a town which hosts events throughout the year. There are individual local happenings enlivening the town all year round, whilst major events such as the Sleepyhead Day, the Naantali Music Festival and the Naantali Boat Fair offer a diverse programme for the whole family. There’s no need to plan too much when visiting Naantali, it’s great whenever you come, but a couple of unique suggestions include the Night of St Bridget, Naantali's SunFest, the Night of the Ancient Fires and Lux Gratiae.
Summer, sun and the archipelago – is there any better combination? Come to Nagu Marina for a happy summer's day at the largest and most popular harbour in the Archipelago Sea. The guest marina holds plenty of amenities for visitors as well as interesting sights within easy reach.
The archipelago is open 365 days a year. The outer archipelago of Pargas is easy to access aboard the free inter-island ferry from Nagu. You can travel all the way to the island of Utö, or stop off to visit other islands along the way. Nötö, Aspö, Jurmo and Utö are all unique, year-round inhabited islands and part of the Archipelago Sea National Park. Depending on the day and destination, you can take a day trip or stay along the way.
Pähkinäinen Island in Rymättylä is a mix of lush green hazel groves and rugged rocky shoreline. The island is a nature reserve with beach, sauna, café and a guest harbor combining perfectly for the warmest of welcomes. The island's unique clubhouse has three rooms upstairs for overnight stays. You can reach Maisaari via inter-island ferry from Rymättylä. There is also a guest harbour for visitors arriving by boat.
The Port of Turku has excellent connections to Scandinavia and Europe. There are four daily departures in both directions on the route between Turku and Stockholm carrying nearly 3,5 million passengers annually and 10,000 daily. The Port of Turku is easily accessible by bus and by train. There is plenty of parking for those arriving by car.
River Taxi creates a chance to escape everyday life, on a trip full of beautiful scenery and adventure. The cruise gives friends the opportunity to enjoy each other’s company through the changing picturesque landscape. Bring a picnic hamper and take an unforgettable trip along the River Aura or perhaps to Ruissalo. There’s also the possibility to customise your cruise to any special desire, even venturing out to the nearby archipelago. Take your private group on bachelor or bachelorette parties, for weddings or birthdays. Come and enjoy the laidback atmosphere of the authentic River Taxi wooden boat.
Rosita Cruises is your partner in the Archipelago Sea. On Rosita's ships, you can cruise to the Vepsa Recreational Island on scheduled trips or on your own group’s own terms by booking a private charter cruise. Embark on a two-hour cruise into the Airisto Sea or spend an entire summer’s day on the Island of Vepsa! Departures are from the shores of the River Aura to the recreational Island of Vepsa. The archipelago ship Lily is 37 m long and carries a maximum of 246 passengers. The ship has an air-conditioned lounge, bar / kiosk, a 50-person cabinet and a large sun deck.
Ruissalo Boatyard offers a wonderful seaside setting in which to party and spend your free time. Hungry visitors can indulge at Zaké Pizzeria & Wine Bar and Tenlén BBQ & Smokery (opening summer 2021), or feast on style at Avelia café and design boutique. Enjoy the repertoire of Linnateatteri at the summer theatre, and summer events such as TFO, the Turku Music Festival, Turku Sea Jazz, the Boat Show and the Airisto Classic Regatta. The boatyard offers facilities for 30-500 people to party and banquet in style.
At the Ruissalo Camping area you can stay in Ruissalo on the outermost tip of the island. This well-equipped camping and caravan area has a beach, sauna, a convenience store, indoor accommodation and various other amenities, including hot showers and laundry facilities. With mini-golf, volleyball, badminton and basketball courts, fitness trail, playgrounds and a cafe-restaurant, Ruissalo Camping has everything to meet even the most demanding traveler's expectations.
The unique nature, culture and history of the fascinating Island of Ruissalo is to be found flanking the Turku estuary. Once the hunting island for the court of Turku Castle, the island is easily accessible by land or by sea. Ruissalos's oak forests, charming 19th Century villas, Ruissalo Spa hotel, National Park, Ruisrock rock concert and Botanical Gardens have all combined to make the island famous. Well-maintained bike paths offer comfortable distances for the whole family. The rocky outcrops, sandy beaches, rolling fields and pretty gardens will lead to love at first sight for all who visit the island.
Situated in the beautiful nature of Ruissalo Island, Ruissalo Spa Hotel provides a stunning setting for holidays, rehabilitation and conferences, offering diverse treatment, restaurant and recreational services. The spa's comprehensive treatment options range from traditional spa therapies to massages and beauty treatments. From the sauna, dive into the warm pools or step outside into magnificent archipelago nature.
The Ruissalo Summer Theatre is located by the sea in Ruissalo’s National Park. Performances are held in the charming Pavilion, which was built 100 years ago to host summer theatre and dances. Last summer was a great success and now, in addition to the popular Badding, the stage features a musical about another Finnish legend, Juice Leskinen, titled Viidestoista Yö!
SaariTours is a reliable tour operator that serves, listens and advises when it suits you. With years of experience and professionalism, SaariTours organizes both group and individual trips. Only the most skilled guides in the archipelago, the most interesting places to visit and the most popular places to have lunch and coffee.
The swimming beach at Ruissalo is a popular place for many locals. Upon arrival at the tip of the peninsula, you really feel you have reached the archipelago. The beach at Ruissalo's campsite area is accessible from the city centre via the number 8 bus. Lifeguards operate at the beach during the summer holidays.
The Teijo National Park, the cluster of idyllic ironworks villages and country manors, the nearby archipelago alongside the entire coastal area, are an astonishing collection of attractions. On top of all this are the diverse services of Salo city centre, Finland's best market, the famous evening markets on Thursdays during summer, together with a packed programme of culture and events. With so many places worth visiting in Salo, a short stay is never enough! You may even want to stay here for good. Just over an hour from Helsinki and half an hour from Turku, fall in love and be inspired by Salo.
Silja Line cruise ferries Galaxy and Baltic Princess offer two daily departures on Turku-Stockholm route. Travel comfortably admiring the breathtaking sea views, enjoy excellent delicacies and entertainment. Silja Line offers something for every taste! Silja Line's modern ships offer also a wide range of shopping possibilities with tax free prices.
Whether you’re a local or a tourist, a summer holiday to the unique Åland Islands is a vacation abroad. Enjoy the playful spirit of the sea and the greetings from new four-legged friends, the beautiful scenery and the peace of the archipelago. Åland is the perfect place for families. Åland's 6,700 named islands and 20,000 smaller islands and islets form a fascinating archipelago world that invites you to experience the joys of its amazing food and nature.
Hike from one island to the next through the world’s most beautiful archipelago. Your journey starts from Turku Cathedral, passes through the archipelago and Åland, before continuing all the way to Trondheim in Norway. Surrounded by the rich and diverse nature of the archipelago, take an historic journey, on which hikers and locals meet. Your journey spans almost 1,200 kilometres. You can walk the route for a few hours, several days, or a few weeks. Design your own trip and book an overnight stay or other services via the digital maps. The St. Olav Waterway is part of the official Saint Olav Ways, a network of the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe.
Launched in the spring of 2017, the Storbåt Tacksamheten is a sailing boat crafted using traditional methods and materials. Tacksamheten's home port is Nagu in Pargas. From here the boat makes regular sailing trips during July, as well as on request throughout the sailing season (May-October). The programme for the sailing season can be found on the boat's website.
It’s worth flocking down to the shores of the River Aura from July 21st-25th to experience the atmosphere of a real sailing competition, when the Swan sailboats gather in Turku to compete and show off their speed. As the name implies, the model is the Swan of sailboats, and holds a place of pride in Finland for its boatbuilding skills. The Nautor boatyard in Pietarsaari is known all over the world for proudly producing luxurious beauties. The Swan Regatta brings together the Swans of Europe to compete every other year, and this year Turku is the host for the competition.
Taivassalo’s island community of around 1600 inhabitants is located just over half an hour from Turku, where each day is different from the next. Superb services, delightful boutiques and a peaceful living environment welcome every guest. Find your piece of heaven in the serene shelters of the Hakkenpää trail, by the early morning tranquil sea or surrounding by mushrooms and berries in the nearby forests. Explore the area’s long, rich history through the medieval greystone church and the Kaitainen bridge, as well as sample the delicious Baltic Herring – a speciality of the region.
In Teijo National Park, peaceful nature combines with cultural history and modern life, as visitors explore the craft traditions of Mathildedal, Teijo and Kirjakkala ironworks villages. Access to the national park is easy, with its sea, lake and marsh scenery, and activities such as hiking, kayaking, paddling, cycling and fishing. Enjoy the nature and cultural heritage of Teijo on a day trip, stay overnight in the charming accommodation of the ironworks villages or under the starry sky of the national park.
"Low & Slow - deep southern flavours with Finnish attitude." At Tenlén's smokehouse, the traditional Finnish tar of the shipyard is combined with American slowly smoked BBQ food. Southern Pride smokers guarantee the most tender and juiciest meats in the entire country. The diverse menu also includes delicious fish and vegetable delicacies as well as tasty burgers. An extensive and high-quality wine list always offers a new experience. Even the most demanding wine lover will find something to suit their taste, as well as some popular and familiar labels.
The archipelago city of Pargas is a piece of paradise. It is a made up of various large islands, including Iniö, Houtskär, Korpo, Nagu and Pargas, all of which are authentic places to visit. Each island has its own unique atmosphere and special characteristics. All the islands are accessible through the year, with services also available during winter. The Archipelago Trail and Small Archipelago Trail can be circumnavigated in its entirety between 14 May and 29 August 2021.
The old town of Naantali is Finland’s most distinctive area of wooden buildings. Naantali’s old town is made up of colourful wooden homes and an idyllic guest marina, stretching in front of the beautiful convent church and embraced by the bay and beach from all sides. In summer, enjoy the authentic seaside holiday milieu, the treasures of the boutiques and the delights of the many restaurants, cafés and ice cream parlors. No wonder Naantali is often called Portofino of the North!
Become enthralled by the charm of the wooden homes of Uusikaupunki. The central area of Uusikaupunki is alive with more than 600 pastel-coloured wooden homes. According to the Finnish Heritage Agency, the large area of wooden houses is one of the best-preserved Empire-style wooden towns in Finland, which still function as homes. You can even stay in the area at one of the wooden houses, e.g. at Rauha, Olga or Ruustinna. At the Wahlberg Museum, visitors can marvel at the tobacco tycoon’s intricate bourgeois home, where the silk-skirted ladies of high-society once swished under the painted ceilings almost 150 years ago. Upstairs, plunge into a whirlpool of maritime shipping. Dozens of idyllic wooden homes, courtyards and gates are opened for visitors to admire on the 4th and 5th September. At the Old Houses event, explore what fascinates you the most. Whether that’s an interest in remodelling, traditional renovation techniques, interior design or gardening, the tour of the old houses is guaranteed to be both informative and inspiring. Some locations also offer courtyard cafés and flea markets.
Theatre Emma is located on the Island of Kailo at the edge of Naantali's Old Town, approximately 16 km from Turku. Access to the island is across a beautiful footbridge from the shores of the old town in Naantali. You'll get to Naantali easily by car, by bus or by boat. By day the magnificent covered outdoor auditorium is used by Moominworld, but in the evening operates as a summer theatre for adults.
Experience the summer magic and arrive to Turku by boat where Turku Guest Harbour warmly welcomes one. The unique location of Turku's Guest Harbour on the banks of the River Aura allows you to arrive right into the city centre. Turku is like Finland’s Paris, drawing its life and vibrancy from the river flowing through. We recommend visiting Restaurant NOOA, with its café and terrace, located right by the harbour office.
Book your adventure tour to the archipelago with Turun Saaristomatkat! Self-catering bike tours, cruises, Bus & Bike trips and various hiking tours, all conveniently from one place! Turun Saaristomatkat knows the archipelago's routes, food and accommodation. Focus on enjoying the unique nature of the archipelago as the company takes care of all the practical arrangements.
Experience nostalgic boat cruises aboard an old wooden boat. M/S Tuula II makes historic cruises between the archipelagos of Turku and Kaarina. The Tuula II waterbus cruises during summer from Turku past the island nature of Hirvensalo and Ruissalo, as well as the ruins of Kaarina's Kuusisto Castle. From Kaarina’s Hovirinta beach, you can join an island tour of Kuusisto and connect to Pargas.
It’s time to get on your bike! A slice of Finland's most beautiful archipelago is right at your fingertips - and no need to worry about a boat or ferry timetables. Traverse the entire 50-kilometre route in one go or take your time enjoying the archipelago atmosphere. The Velhovesi Ring Road takes you through the northern archipelago of Uusikaupunki, around the freshwater basin. The length of the main route is about 50 km. On this route you can cycle from one island to another, for example on an electric bike, available to rent from the Uusikaupunki Tourist Office. Along the way, stay in charming accommodation, take a dip in fresh lakes or sea waves, rest in the peaceful scenery or explore the village shops. Read the stories about the centuries-old Velhovesi from a brochure or via your mobile phone.
Located in the Airisto, Vepsä is Turku's very own recreational area. The island is a perfect day trip destination and is serviced by waterbuses from Turku on a daily basis. The island has a safe swimming beach, mini-golf course, a cafe-restaurant, as well as saunas, boats and canoes to hire. There are also plenty of charming lodgings available for those desiring a longer stay.
Disembark from the journey of daily life and step aboard for a day or a little longer – the choice is yours. There is a great range of entertainment to enjoy on board, as well as delicious food, spa treatments and tax free shopping, all wrapped up in the beautiful Archipelago scenery. Ships depart daily from Turku, with the Amorella leaving in the morning and the Viking Grace in the evening. Welcome aboard!
Villa Wolax, once the former summer residence of a local nobleman, now serves as a conference and banqueting venue, as well as a hotel and summer restaurant with guest harbour. The wonderfully peaceful archipelago environment transports you to a far off world, whilst still being only 20 minutes from the centre of Turku. Dating back over 120 years, the villa and its surroundings offers a high-quality setting for gatherings or celebrations of any size. Enjoy an unforgettable experience in the most beautiful archipelago nature of Finland!
No need to go in search of beaches further out to sea, when you can visit Pori’s Yyteri. The six-kilometre long Yyteri beach offers sun and sand along the Natura-protected dunes. However, it’s much more than a sandy beach, with golf, fat-bike hire, a climbing park as well as the spa’s Jacuzzis all waiting to be enjoyed. The extensive hiking trails offer stunning scenery and the archipelago marine life of the Bothnian Sea National Park. In Yyteri, adventure knows no limits, as unique nature and excellent services offer visitors things to do throughout the year! Discover nature in Yyteri.
Zaké Pizzeria & Wine Bar operates in Ruissalo Boatyard during the summer season (24th May-29th August 2021). In charge of the kitchen for the fifth summer in a row is Davide Sindoni, the Finnish Pizza Master of 2017. In addition to artisanal pizzas, Zaké’s atmospheric hall and spacious pier terraces serve delicious salads, Italian antipasti and a changing array of pasta dishes for lunch. The Zaké Wine Bar completes the dining experience, indulging those enthusiastic about high-class wines. The Zaké wine cellar features eight shelves of quality wines from Italy and other Mediterranean countries.