The Archipelago Access project aims to develop archipelago tourism in a sustainable way and to make the archipelago between Turku and Stockholm a more cohesive and accessible destination for tourists. The project is a joint venture of the City of Turku, Finland and Stockholm Archipelago Foundation, Sweden.
The southwest corner of Finland is a veritable treasure chest for the visitor: here you will find eye-pleasing archipelago landscapes, modern city life, the peacefulness of the countryside and high-quality services.
Turku is the oldest city of Finland and was founded in 1229. It is located in the southwestern Finland, by the river Aura. The first capital of Finland has during times been a highly important gateway to the west. Port of Turku is a significant commercial hub with busy ferry traffic to Sweden, and the airport offers flight connections all over Europe.
Big small town
Turku has always had a special role among Finnish cities. European art, science, religious and political movements have found their way to Finland through Turku since the 13th century. This history has given the city a distinctively civilised and cultural atmosphere. Turku is also multicultural, as evidenced by the myriad nationalities, languages and customs. The city is home to people of over 130 nationalities, who speak over one hundred different languages.
The great charm of the city of Turku is ever-present.
Start your expedition on the west bank of the Aura River, at the foot of the Martinsilta bridge. Here you'll find the Vaakahuone Pavilion and s/s Ukkopekka, which will take you out to, for example, the Airisto Strait for some dockside dancing.