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.

For example 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.

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.



Helsinki is a modern, pocket-sized European city known for design and high technology. Helsinki’s attractive and unique character comes from its proximity to the sea, as well as its location between the East and the West.