Turku sports and well-being


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Engage in some gentle exercise surrounded by seaside nature, or test your abilities at one of the legendary sports sanctuaries. Whatever is more your speed, Turku has the perfect venue. We’ve put together these tailor-made tips so your holiday has just the right amount of perspiration and plenty of well-being.

Get competitive

Challenge Turku 30th-31st July, 2022. Triathlons can be considered the ultimate endurance sports competition. Finland’s Challenge Turku is a major event that harnesses the waves of the River Aura and weaves through the streets of Turku’s city centre. Sign-up for the level that really puts your limits to the test, or turn up for the excitement as a spectator and cheer on the competitors.

Paavo Nurmi Games 14th June 2022. Named after Turku’s legendary runner, the Paavo Nurmi Games is a top-level athletics competition at the heart of the city. Hurdles, hammers and running lanes are all in play as the leading names in athletics compete from Finland and around the world. A dream lineup for any athletics fan!

Paavo Nurmi Marathon 19th-20th August 2022. Don’t be confused by the name, the Paavo Nurmi Marathon is not just a marathon but actually a city-wide running event that offers different distance options for anyone bitten by the running bug, in addition to the classic 42.195 kilometres. What’s more, the route shows Turku at its best.

Downtown Oasis

At the Samppalinna outdoor swimming pool you can cool off with a splash after pounding the city’s hot summer streets. The pools have plenty of space for a wide variety of aquatic enthusiasts, from fitness swimming and water aerobics, to the little family frogs and deep-end divers. The large grassed lawns and lounges provide space for drying out and basking in the sun. Samppalinna’s outdoor pools open on the 10th May.

Another refreshing city swimming pool that is particularly great for groups is in Kupittaa Park. Swimmers are welcome at the Kupittaa Outdoor Pool from the 1st of June.

The Turku Sports Park is located right in the city centre, near the east bank of the River Aura. In addition to the Paavo Nurmi Stadium, which is suitable for athletics, the sports park includes fields and training areas suitable for various sports, and includes an outdoor gym, basketball court and frisbee golf course. The sports park truly condenses all Turku’s athletes into one central location, close to the River Aura, offering a variety of sports opportunities in beautiful surroundings.

Getting cozy by the water

At the Ruissalo Boatyard you can enjoy culture and events, in addition to a wonderful environment for boating and outdoor activities. Arrive at the idyllic former boatyard on the Föli Waterbus, pick up a ready picnic basket from one of the terrace restaurants and head off on one of the area's many nature trails. Alternatively, explore the scenery from the sea-level in a rental kayak?

The Föli waterbus begins operating on the 23rd of May.

Ruissalo Spa is flowing with sophistication, history and charm. Its location is on an island in the midst of diverse nature, in the glistening Airisto seascape. In addition to great outdoor trails, the oasis offers activities, services and experiential accommodation.

The spa is a haven of well-being, whether for the fitness swimmer or those enjoying the spa atmosphere. Take a dip in the warm, relaxing pools or the refreshing sea water. A soft steam in the sauna completes the pleasure. The spa also has a gym and instructed exercise classes.

Nearby activities include a frisbee golf course, beach volleyball and tennis courts, a golf course and numerous nature trails. Also, why not spontaneously try a new activity. The spa is able to lend or rent kayaks, bicycles, walking sticks, fishing equipment or even outdoor games.

A cozy hotel room is always a treat but maybe this year you want your accommodation to be more of an experience? If so, then try sleeping up a tree! There are five suspended tents stretched out between the trees near the cliffs, each of which can accommodate 2-3 people. Sleeping bags, pillows and mats are all provided, so no need to bring your own camping gear.

Accommodation for active types

Radisson Blu Marina Palace has one of the best central locations in the city. For an active holidaymaker, it’s the perfect option just a short distance to the city centre, within walking distance of the Turku Sports Park, and the for the urban jogger, the River Aura is on the doorstep. Of course, the hotel also has a gym and sauna department.

Original Sokos Hotel Kupittaa ​​​​​​​is an effective base for those planning an archipelago trip or boat excursion. From Kupittaa, it’s also easy to head out on nature hike to the Kuhankuono nature park (which borders seven municipalities), play ball games in Kupittaa Park, or bike round one of the many cycling routes.

At the Kultaranta Resort you can enjoy the famous Naantali sun. Golf enthusiasts should play through the resort’s high-quality 18-hole golf course, where the fairways criss-cross the beautiful archipelago landscape. The quality accommodation and restaurant services are complemented by wellbeing and pampering services at the resort's Wellness Centre.

Stretch out at pilates or head for the high wire

At the Flowpark adventure park, try living life on the edge. The adventure trails feature different levels of overhead cableways, wobbling paths, highwire jumps, swings and zip-lines. There’s sure to be enough tension for even the most daring! The tracks are ecologically built in a real forest without damaging the trees.

Located in the Hansa Shopping Centre is the BASI Pilates Studio, where you can fall in love with this peaceful but effective form of exercise. Pilates develops strength and stability, especially for the core middle body. You can come to the BASI studio without any previous experience. Also, if you need some equipment during the holiday, the sports stores in the Hansa shopping centre offer everything an active person needs.

Finally, when you’ve sweated out every last drop of energy (either by exercise or the summer sun), then head to Restaurant Morrison's. Burgers, steaks and french fries in true American style will banish hunger even after a major sporting performance. Of course, the list also includes tasty salads and refreshing drinks.

Text Annika Ohtonen. Video Kim Allen-Mersh, Matias Tanner, Dante Mutashar and Ruissalo Boatyard. Photos Terri Vahtera, Katri Haavisto and Visit Turku.

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