Founded in the early 13th century at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is Finland’s oldest city, former capital and one of Northern Europe’s most unique, culture-rich and historic destinations.
Locals proudly tell visitors that Turku has, despite its relatively small size, the ‘heart and soul of a metropolis’, and as you explore Finland’s second city you’ll find it is hard to argue against that. Walking is without doubt the best way to take in Turku, and as you wander the centuries-old streets and the banks of the Aura, you’ll find plenty of interesting museums, galleries and exhibitions, architectural highlights such as Turku Castle and a selection of popular restaurants and cafés. If your visit to Turku is in the summer, you’ll find the riverbanks are particularly busy and perfect for getting a feel of local life, with the river itself packed out with the boats of visitors and locals alike.
Beyond its history and culture, Turku is a haven for nature lovers too. The city is the gateway to the beautiful Turku Archipelago, a wonderland of approximately 20,000 rugged, picturesque islands and rocky islets, while wild oak forests and scenic walking trails are within easy reach via short car, bus or ferry journeys.
Cruises to Turku
Summertime in Lapland and Scandinavia • T2318
- Discover the natural and cultural highlights of remote regions in Finland and Sweden
- Go in search of fascinating wildlife; explore historic old towns; visit an authentic icebreaker ship; and more
- Experience scenic cruising of beautiful archipelagos and the Gulf of Bothnia
Discovering Scandinavian Islands & Capitals • S2407A
- Unforgettable scenic cruising combined with captivating city discoveries
- Sail picturesque archipelagos on Borealis and take boat tours of city canals
- Revel in the historic and cultural highlights of Copenhagen, Stockholm, Tallinn and more