Ruissalo is the recreational island of Turku which I have visited frequently while I have lived there for 4 1/2 years. It was involved in the Crimean war between the Swedish and Russians and nowadays it’s a paradise for bird watching, golfing, jogging, swimming and cycling. I also enjoyed my winter hikes on the island.
On my trip, I saw migrating birds and big cruise ships which are operated by Viking Line and Tallink Silja. I also saw plenty of old Villas which seemed to be empty but along the shore there were also Cafés which invite for a break.
The The Meyer-Turku Werf is also visible from Ruissalo. You can see if shortly before you enter the camping area. The biggest cruise ships have been built here. Golfing is possible in Ruissalo as well.
There are also plenty of events throughout the year – such as Ruisrock – and it’s also great for a variety of outdoor activities.