Instructions, rules and restrictions
You can explore the island along two marked routes: Alexander’s Trail (3 km) and the Kuninkaansaari Trail (2.5 km). Please keep to the trails, since away from the paths there are many steep and unstable areas, as well as dangerous old structures that could collapse. Keep a watchful eye on any children with you.
Visitors may not camp overnight, light campfires or dig up the ground on the islands, for safety reasons. There is still a risk that explosives scattered during a tragic accident that occurred in Vallisaari in 1937 may still be buried in the ground. But surveys conducted by the defence forces have shown that visitors who follow these rules can safely walk around the island, and workers can use vehicles here.
Overnight is allowed only in the Tentsile accomodation or in your own boat in Vallisaari harbour at Torpedo Bay.
Access to the southern part of Vallisaari is prohibited by law, because of the dangerous structures in this area. Legal action may be taken against anyone walking or landing in this area without special permission from Metsähallitus.
Boaters may land on Vallisaari at the guest harbour on Torpedo Bay. Canoeists may also land there, or additionally in the sandy coves near the Pilots’ House. Landing in the restricted southern parts of Vallisaari is strictly prohibited by law.
Swimming in Vallisaari’s pond is prohibited, because the large quantities of scrap metal and other harmful objects earlier dumped there make swimming very dangerous. Swimming is also prohibited on the rocky shores by Kustaanmiekka Strait, where passing ships create dangerously high and strong waves that could pull swimmers far out to sea. The best place for a swim on the islands is the sandy bay on the eastern side ofKuninkaansaari, though this is not officially maintained as a bathing beach.
Dogs must be kept on lead, for their own safety. Dog-owners are obliged to carefully pick up their droppings.
Leave no trace of your visit. Please help us to save on waste management costs, so we can invest more on managing the islands for the benefit of visitors and nature.
It’s worth wearing sensible walking shoes and outdoor clothes when visiting the islands. You can buy light lunch or snacks and refreshments in the cafés that we have on the island.
Moving around the island
Find your way safely around the islands of Vallisaari and Kuninkaansaari by reading and observing the instructions, regulations and warnings listed below. These rules are designed to help everyone enjoy exploring the islands without disturbing their rich natural and cultural heritage.
You can find two toilets on the island designed for disabled visitors, other one near the Pilot’s House and the other at Torpedobay square with help from a carer. To get inside there is a code you can get from cafeterias or calling +358-40-5032252. We regret that there are no other facilities for disabled people on the island.
Visitors with children’s pushchairs should be able to use the islands’ paths, though they are not absolutely free of obstructions. The terrain is uneven with steep stretches along some paths.
Professional transport services
The quays for professional transport are located at Torpedo Bay and at the Pilot’s Pier.
More information on using the quays you can find in the link below.
Metsähallitus collects payments from companies operating in Vallisaari based on the customer amounts of each company. The customer amounts must be registered in Vallisaari Portal for each events separately. All professional services like guided tours, tourism services, boat transfers and other commercial visits fund the basic services like the restrooms and water stations.
Fill an application to become a service provider or register your customer amounts here: