Hirvensalo is an island which is connected with a bridge to the mainland. I have lived on Hirvensalo for 4 years and there are quite nice spots to go paddline along the shore.
Ruissalo is the recreational island of Turku, which I frequently visited during my 4 1/2 year stay.
Ruissalo is a good place to spot migratory birds and the large cruise ships operated by Viking Line and Tallink Silja. Many old mansions appeared to be empty, but cafes along the waterfront invite you to take a break.
The Meyer-Turku Werf is also visible from Ruissalo and can be seen shortly before entering the campsite. The largest cruise ships were built here. Golfing is also possible in Ruissalo, and there are also many events throughout the year – such as Ruisrock.
If you are into history, you will also find some places where cannons were set up in the past against the British who tried to invade Turku during the Crimean War of 1854-1856. At the end of the island, there is a beach and a campsite where you can go for a walk and take pictures.
Turku – Stockholm Cruise
The cruise starts at the Viking Terminal in Turku, where I got my boarding pass. While you are waiting to board, you can grab a few drinks at the terminal bar.
We passed the famous white bird islands between Turku and Stockholm which are full of bird shit. As far as I remember, these birds did not originally come from this area but migrated there at some point.
It is a nice experience to take a ferry from Finland to Sweden and watch the islands while having a nice dinner on board. The price of the cruise depends on the booking situation. The Viking Line tickets also get more expensive if you stay overnight in Stockholm or Turku instead of returning immediately by ferry. One of the highlights is the buffet for around 30 EUR, where you can eat as much as you want.