Vallisaari’s facilities and services include cafes, a good network of signs and informative notice boards, drinking water taps, toilet containers, minigolf and a guest harbour with 58 moorings where visitors may moor their own boats for a small fee.
A waterbus service runs to Vallisaari from Helsinki’s Market Square between May and September.
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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.
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.
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