There are tens of thousands of islands and skerries between Turku and Stockholm. Saved from the ravages of mass tourism, the archipelago is a breath-taking natural experience that also offers a full range of traveller services. There is no need for an own boat to experience the archipelago. There are cruises, ferries and the Archipelago Trail. This beautiful route will take the travellers island hopping by bike or car.
The most famous island of the Turku Archipelago, Ruissalo, is known for its beautiful oak forests and charming 19th century villas. Once hunting grounds for the Swedish court of Turku Castle. The island is easily accessible from Turku by land or by sea.
Towering 52 meters above the sea. Bengtskär is the highest lighthouse in Scandinavia. Today the lighthouse. built in 1906 and repaired in the 1990s welcomes guests from near and far. Things to see include an amazing view from the tower, the museum and the home of the lighthouse keeper. Café and souvenir shop are complemented by accommodation and conference rooms for 24 persons.
Ruisallo is an island located off the coast of Turku and can be reached from the mainland either by bridge or by sea. There is much that this large island has to offer, from great hiking trails to delightful historic villas and idyllic picnic spots. During Summer the island hosts “Ruisrock”, one of Europe’s oldest music festivals.
The Turku University Botanical Garden on the island of Ruissalo is both a centre for scientific research and a public showcase for the fascinating world of plants.
Kasnäs offers maritime experiences all year round. The Blue Mussel Visitor Centre provides information on the Archipelago National Park and the archipelago’s natural features above and below the surface. While you’re here, we also recommend the adjacent Restaurant Kasnäs Pavilion and the Kasnäs Archipelago Spa.
Kultaranta of Naantali is the official summer residence of the President of Finland. The granite castle completed in 1916 is surrounded by a beautiful formal garden that at the time was among the first in Finland. This treasure of a place is
open for visitors in the summer.
Kurjenrahka National Park is Turku’s largest protected area of forest and marshland. The National Park’s most famous attraction is Kuhankuono, the old boundary mark of seven municipalities. The Kuhankuono hiking trails lead the visitor through the extensive area.