viikki

neighborhood

Coolhead Taproom & Terrace

Coolhead Brewery was founded in 2016 and their mission is to put Finland in the craft beer world map. They are working towards the goal by only releasing interesting, top-quality beers that they love to drink themselves.

The new home in Helsinki is a unique 1500 m2 glass building that used to serve as a greenhouse.
The brewery brews around 250.000 liters per year, focusing on Nordic Sours, IPA's and high-ABV / BA-products. CoolHead is all about the Nordic and exotic clashing. In the beers you can taste the clean, crisp and minimalistic notes resembling the Nordic nature, but also the fresh, colourful and exciting taste of the tropics.

Viikki arboretum

The arboretum in Viikki was founded in 1969 mainly for research and educational purposes. Today it is a part of City of Helsinki recreational areas. There are about 250 varieties of trees and shrubs from Finland but also from other parts of the world, mainly the northern hemisphere. The area is approx. 20 hectares.

Vanhankaupunginlahti bay area

Vanhankaupunginlahti bay area is a unique nature-, culture- and recreational area close to Helsinki city centre. The bay area reeds are, also internationally, significant bird nesting and watching areas. Several endangered eg. bird-, insect-, bat- and polypore species live in the surrounding nature and especially the surrounding woods. There are bird watching towers and shelters in the area for nature enthusiasts. The wide trail network consists of eg. hiking trails, duck boards and cycling paths. A part of the trails are accessible with wheelchairs and such.

Kuusiluoto

Kuusiluoto, located at Vanhankaupunginlahti, is a recreational island part of the city's common recreational park areas.
On the island there is an old villa, run by the association VKEK ry. The association takes care of the premises.

You can access Kuusiluoto by duckboards. Starting at the end of Jokisuuntie there are duckboards (narrow walkway made of wooden planks) that take you via Lammassaari-island to Kuusiluoto, a total of 1.2 km. Rubber boots may be needed during autumn time, when the level of sea water might be even 30 cm above the normal.

In the south-west point of the island there is an old dock where you can swim and fish (at your own risk). It is prohibited to make any kind of open fire on the island.

For several years a few sheep have also spent their summer months at Kuusiluoto.

Lammassaari

Lammassaari is a recreational island close to Vanhankaupunginkoski rapids near Arabianranta, next to Kuusiluoto. Accessible duckboards (a path made of wooden planks) begin from Pornaistenniemi. Together with the nature trail Lap of Nature, the duckboards form an accessible recreational path of approx. 3,5km.

Lammassaari is part of the Viikki-Vanhankaupunginlahti nature reserve. All visitors should respect the peace of nature both inside the nature protection area as well as in the surrounding green areas. Lammassaari is a perfect place for nature hikes and bird watching while there are thousands of migrating birds in the area every spring and autumn.

Please notice that there are private cottages in the area and walking in the area should be on marked paths only.

Though the name Lammassaari, meaning "sheep island" in Finnish, sheep can't be found here but on the nearby Kuusiluoto island instead (in summertime).

Viikki Church

The church is located in sustainable Eco-Viikki residental area and represents ecological wooden architecture. The exterior walls are made of split aspen shingles. In the interior, there is a forest of pillars made of glulam cluster columns. The altarpiece, Elämän puu (Tree of life), and the works in the baptism recess and on the foyer wall are mahogany patterned with punched silver. Their motif is the vine parable of Jesus. The church was designed by architect Samuli Miettinen from JKMM. The altarpiece, the crucifix and the works in the baptism recess and foyer are by artist Antti Tanttu. The church textiles were designed by textile artist Hanna Korvela.

Viikki Manor

The Viikki Manor (Sodexo) is a beautiful meeting and banquet venue in the vicinity of the University of Viikki in Helsinki. The comfortable, restored spaces of the idyllic manor house and the tranquil gardens thrive on the thoughts. From the windows of the manor house there is a landscape for roses, cultivated fields and cow farms, and the Old Town Nature Reserve behind them. On the yard there are old oak trees and linden trees. Lunch is served Mon-Fri at 10.30-13.30.