Cruise to the Island of Vepsä
The beautiful Vepsä Island is located in the heart of the open Airisto Sea. The island serves in particular as a holiday and day-trip destination for residents of Turku, but is also extremely popular with tourists. Jump on a waterbus from the River Aura, spend a day on the island enjoying the beach, the nature and the good food, then return in the evening back to the bright lights of the city. When on holiday in Turku, the archipelago is always close at hand!
When to go: Every day, departing from Turku at 11am, 2pm and 5pm
Turku Castle Medieval Tours
During the Medieval Tours of Turku Castle, visitors can explore the history of the main castle building.
When to go: Daily tours in English from 4 June–26 August. Follow the link for tour departure times.
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The modern Låna picnic-boats are a great way to see the city from a different perspective. The boats are designed for 2-8 people and come with all necessary equipment, which include, for example, life jackets for children. Låna boats are also environmentally friendly, powered by electric motors and emission free. It’s also possible to reserve picnic lunches or refreshments for your trip.
Picnic Walk to Ruissalo
Located at the edge of the Turku is the island of Ruissalo, a stunning combination of verdant nature and rich cultural history. The island is easy to reach by riding a bike or taking the No. 8 bus. From Visit Turku you can also pick up a delicious picnic package, which includes a picnic basket and either bus tickets or bike hire for two. Choose between either a sandwich or barbecue option for your basket.
Available from 1 May–31 August. Ask about the picnic packages from Visit Turku’s tourist information!
The Föri Cruise – A Turku Novelty
The beloved little river ferry crossing, known as Föri, has a special place in the heart of Turku residents, carrying passengers between east and west of the River Aura. The journey is only two minutes and the "cruise" provides a great way to admire the landscape and the boats moored downstream of the River Aura.
Föri began its service in 1904 over 100 years ago, making it the oldest, still-operating transport vehicle in Finland. Originally, Föri used a steam engine but converted to diesel in 1953. The diesel motor was replaced by an electric engine in 2017