Vallisaari

Vallisaari Welcomes Visitors

There is water bus connection to Vallisaari Island during the summer period May-September 2017. Transportation providers are JT-line (www.jt-line.fi) and Aavalines (www.aavalines.fi, in Finnish) and the departure points are located at the Market Square. You will find the departure points beside "Vallisaari" signs. JT-line departs from the Kolera allas (and during midsummer also from Hakaniemi) and arrives to the Pilotyard jetty at Vallisaari. Aavaline departure point is beside Suomenlinna Island ferry and at Vallisaari the water buss arrives to Torpedonlahti harbor square.

Tourists at Vallisaari and Kuninkaansaari can use the islands' water points, dry toilets, picnic tables and during summer season also the excursion harbour, café, and tour guide services. It is allowed to berth at excursion harbor year round.

The natural environment of Vallisaari is highly sensitive. Please stay on the marked trails. Before visiting Vallisaari, please familiarise yourself with the rules and regulations that apply to the area.

Vallisaari Map (www.retkikartta.fi)

The emblem of the historical sites managed by MetsähallitusVallisaari and Kuninkaansaari are enchanting destinations for outings, next to the Suomenlinna fortress, just 20 minutes by boat from the Market Square in Helsinki. These two islands have served as the home and workplace of hundreds of people and as the place of military service for thousands of soldiers. Fortifications, buildings, and a record-breaking range of species tell a tale of coexistence between humans and wild nature. Just take a trip to these mysterious islands on which time seems to stand still.

Location of Vallisaari in FinlandVallisaari Offers Enchanting History and Fascinating Nature

Location: Uusimaa, Helsinki (www.hel.fi)

Visit: A regular water bus service from the Market Square to Vallisaari will operate from May to September. Free landing. Overnight stay in a boat in the Excursion harbour is allowed, elsewhere overnight stay is forbidden. For security reasons, based on the Police Act, the southern tip of Vallisaari is off limits, including for landing. Access from Vallisaari to Kuninkaansaari is available along a land connection resembling a breakwater. More information on transportation. Before visiting Vallisaari, please familiarise yourself with the rules and regulations that apply to the area.

Sights and Activities: Fortifications with a special atmosphere overlooking the sea, with Helsinki lying in the background. A natural location exhibiting the richest range of species in the metropolitan area, including bats (Chiroptera), badgers (Meles meles), and lush stands of vegetation teeming with birdlife. Visitors can learn about the islands by taking a walk on the following marked trails: the Alexander Tour (3 km) and the Kuninkaansaari Island Tour (2.5 km). Guided tours and thematic programmes. Find out more about the activities available and the history of the islands  

Services: Information boards, rest stops and an excursion harbour. Water points and dry toilets. A water bus connection to the islands from the Market Square. Services provided by Metsähallitus' partners are available. More information about services in Vallisaari

Suitability: Suitable for the entire family. While the islands are accessible for prams, the trails are not unobstructed, as the terrain is uneven and the uphill sections are steep. The trails are not lit and have no winter maintenance. Stay on the trails and look after your children, as there is a great number of precipices in the islands, as well as spots that are at risk of collapsing. Wear hiking boots and clothing, and bring some snacks and bottled water with you. No winter maintenance. Note! Work on the facilities in Vallisaari and Kuninkaansaari is unfinished: water service and other services are being improved, and Metsähallitus is still in the process of finding uses for the buildings on the islands.

The address of this page is www.nationalparks.fi/vallisaari

The site is managed by Metsähallitus, Parks & Wildlife Finland, Southern Finland.

Self-guided Tour: "Blue Finland"

Pdf-file 1,6 Mb (julkaisut.metsa.fi)

Self-guided Tour: "From Helsinki to the Taiga Forests"

Self-guided Tour: "From Helsinki to the Taiga Forests"

Pdf-file 2 Mb (julkaisut.metsa.fi)

Customer Service

Finnish Nature Centre Haltia
Tel. +358 206 39 4729
haltia(at)metsa.fi

See Directions: By Public Transportation to Vallisaari

See Directions: By Boat to Vallisaari

Services Offered by Partners in Vallisaari

What's Currently Happening in Vallisaari

Excursionmap.fi: Vallisaari Island