archipelago

Harakka

Harakka is located between the islands of Särkkä and Uunisaari by the Kaivopuisto park. The previously closed island, which had been in use by the Finnish Defence Forces, was opened to the public in 1989 and is now a popular recreational area. Harakka island offers a unique excursion destination, studios for artist and artisans, experiences in the form of art and nature exhibitions as well as meeting facilities.

The Nature House of the City of Helsinki is also located on the island. It offers visitors encounters with nature, activities, and information on the Baltic Sea, maritime nature and sustainable living.

There is a kilometer-long nature trail on the island. A mobile route map on the nature trail can also be found on the internet (citynature.eu/en/location/harakka-2/)

The connection ferry in summertime departs from Kaivopuisto park, from the Ullanlinna pier, next to Café Ursula.

Särkkä

Särkkä is a small island outside Kaivopuisto park, northwest of Länsi-Mustasaari. Särkkä is part of Suomenlinna, and a part of the Suomenlinna fortress is also located here. Särkkä was built to defend one of the passages to Helsinki, the Särkänsalmi narrow. The construction began in 1749, and the first part of the fortress was ready already in the 1750's.

The island is 250m wide, and is located approx. 500m outside the mainland, outside the shore of Kaivopuisto park. Särkkä is nowadays being used by the yacht club Merenkävijät ry. There's also a summer restaurant, the restaurant Särkänlinna.

A connection boat runs in summer from the Ullanlinna pier, next to the Café Ursula in Kaivopuisto park.

Sirpalesaari

Sirpalesaari is an island just outside Kaivopuisto park, next to Liuskasaari island. The summer restaurant Saari and yacht club Suomalainen Pursiseura are located on the island. There's also a guest harbour run by the yacht club.

A connection boat serves the island in summer from the Ursininlaituri pier located on the shore of Merisatama in Kaivouisto park, behind the Cafe Carusel, next to Pihlajasaari's pier. The crossing takes a couple of minutes.

Mustikkamaa

Mustikkamaa is located south of Kulosaari, about 5 km from city centre. Mustikkamaa is a popular outdoor recreation area with eg. a beach, kiosk, café and restaurants and tennis courts as well as a summer theatre. Since 1964 a bridge has connected Mustikkamaa to Kulosaari. In 2016 a pedestrians bridge, Isoisänsilta, was opened from the new Kalasatama residential area to Mustikkamaa. The way to Helsinki zoo, Korkeasaari, is also through Mustikkamaa.

Tervasaari

At Tervasaari island, which is a popular recreation area next to the city centre, you can find eg. restaurant Savu, a kid's playground, a dogpark with a designated swimming beach for dogs, a summer theatre and a rug washing pier.

Tervasaari can be reached by foot from Pohjoisranta.

Sisä-Hattu

Sisä-Hattu is a small rocky island just off Lauttasaari recreational park, approximately 100 metres from the shore. It is possible to walk to the island along an neck of land under water. How deep, depends on the seawater level.

Isosaari

Since the 16th century Isosaari island, a pearl in the outer archipelago of Helsinki, has been a landmark for sailors and as a base for fishermen, later a military base and a research centre. From 2017 the island has been developed as a tourist and nature attraction. On the island you'll find two sandy beaches for sunbathing and swimming, three saunas (with public hours as well as for rent), restaurant Upseerikerho with a beautiful sea view, a 9-hole golf course (par-3) built in the 1980's, a guest harbour, hotel boat, Nolla cabins and a tent area (camping fee is paid at Upseerikerho). The public sauna, Haapala, is heated on guest cruise days. Separate dressing rooms for men and women, sauna and shower however is together for both, so swimming suit is obligatory. Please bring your own towel and toiletries! The entrance to the sauna is free.

The ferry to the island runs in May-September. The departure point is at the Market Square from the vertical quay on the west side of the Suomenlinna ferry. It is recommended to book tickets to the ferry in advance.

Rajasaari

Rajasaari is a small island near the Sibelius Monument in Taka-Töölö, connected to the mainland by Rajasaarenpenger. On the island there's a big dog park where it is also possible for dogs to swim.

Lehtisaari

Lehtisaari is an island and part of Munkkiniemi, a neighborhood in western Helsinki.

Lehtisaari's overall appearance is coastal and wooded. Lehtisaari contains a portion of the jogging route that is used by the Helsinki City Marathon. The island's residential zoning began in the 1950s. The island's residential area was mostly built in the 1960s.