Escape to the Helsinki Islands
The archipelago of Helsinki consists of around 330 islands, providing a great getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city. Jump on a ferry and a life of Riley is guaranteed.
Pihlajasaari is the most popular island among Helsinkians to spend a sunny summer’s day. The island is famous for its picturesque sandy beaches, as well as its rocks on the other side of the island, both of which offer great spots for sunbathers and swimmers. The island is perfect for day-long picnics but, if you want a day off from the kitchen, then you can enjoy the delicacies of the restaurant Pihlajasaari.
Kaunissaari is situated on the crest of the high seas and provides amazing views. In fact, the island is one of the farthest islands from the city, with the ferry trip lasting around 40 minutes. The island is known for its long beaches and rich fishing grounds. The diversity of flora and fauna is also impressive and many campers head to the island to enjoy them.
Vartiosaari’s history is very intriguing. It is believed that the island was used as a guard ground to warn locals of imminent attacks during the Viking Age. A warning fire was lit on a rocky hill that soars to 32 meters above sea level. A thousand years later, the island has become a popular site among Helsinki’s bourgeoisie, who built villas there. Nowadays, the opulent berry and mushroom crops attract visitors during the summer and autumn months. The winter creates a superb setting for skiers and skaters.
Seurasaari is one of the few islands you can reach by foot. One of its exceptional features is its open-air museum in which the traditional Finnish way of life is celebrated. The houses, manors and outbuildings have all been relocated from around Finland. There are currently 87 separate buildings that offer a glimpse into Finnish countryside life from the 18th to the 20th century.
Helsinki is a modern European city, where more than 450 years of history and tradition blend seamlessly with contemporary design and trends. Cosy and compact in size, exploring the Finnish capital is stress free.