Vallisaari 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.
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.
Vallisaari Welcomes Visitors
There is water bus connection to Vallisaari Island during the summer period May-September 2019. Transportation providers are JT-line (www.jt-line.fi) and Suomen Saaristokuljetus (www.suomensaaristokuljetus.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. Suomen Saaristokuljetus departure point is beside Suomenlinna Island ferry and at Vallisaari the water buss arrives to Torpedonlahti harbor square. JT-Line operates a daily water bus service to Vallisaari throughout the summer season. Suomen Saaristokuljetus operates a service with M/s Isosaari to Vallisaari at weekends between 4 May and 16 June as well as from 17 August till 29 September, with daily departures between Midsummer and 11 August.
PLEASE NOTE: While municipal engineering works are in progress, Vallisaari will be closed to the public on weekdays (MON-FRI) between 19 August and 6 September 2019. During this period, JT-Line and Suomen Saaristokuljetus will only operate a weekend water bus service to Vallisaari on SAT–SUN 24-25 August and SAT–SUN 31 August–1 September (according to the valid timetable).
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 Vallisaari excursion harbour and café are run by Juva Shipping Oy, vallisaari(at)vallisaari.fi