Beautiful archipelago nature awaits
Helsinki’s Vallisaari, located southeast of Suomenlinna, is a beautiful nature destination that is far from the hustle and bustle of the city. The journey to the island takes 20 minutes from Helsinki Market Square, so it offers a great alternative to Suomenlinna or other classic Helsinki islands. Vallisaari was only opened to visitors in 2016.
The island has a lot to do, as its interesting history also guarantees interesting places to visit, and Vallisaari is also complemented by the nearby King’s Island. The islands can be explored on marked routes: Vallisaari is surrounded by a three-kilometer Alexander Tour, and Kuninkaansaari is a 2.5-kilometer tour of the Royal Islands.
The main destinations are located along the routes. On the islands, it is worth experiencing at least the Alexander Battery, also called the heart of Vallisaari, which also offers an impressive view all the way to the Helsinki Market Square, the Death Valley named after the 1937 explosive accident, and the flowering Valliniity.
In the Death Valley explosive accident, thousands of pounds of explosives exploded, causing residents to flee for their lives. A total of 12 people died in the accident, the cause of which is still unknown. There are still explosives in the soil of Vallisaari’s Death Valley even today.
Otherwise, Vallisaari offers a relaxed island atmosphere, comfortable stops and relaxed places to stay. At its best, Vallisaari is in the heat of summer, and there is a water bus connection from spring to autumn. Responsible for water bus connections JT-Line mixed Finnish Archipelago Transport.
The island’s diverse services
Gourmets are pampered on Vallisaari, as there are four cafés on the island, where you can get both hot and cold delicacies. A specialty in Vallisaari is the ice cream café Paja, which offers an excellent selection of ice creams.
There are water points, water toilets and dry toilets near the cafés, in addition to which there is also a mini golf course on Vallisaari.
You can also stay on the island, because on the King’s Island side you can stay in the Tentsile accommodation by the magnificent scenery, in addition to which you can also stay in Vallisaari with your own boat.
See pictures of Vallisaari in Helsinki!
Helsinki Biennale will be held in Vallisaari from 12 June to 26 September 2021.
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Text and photos: Inka Khanji
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