Vanhankaupunginlahti is a unique natural area and internationally significant area for birds right in the heart of Helsinki. The area is a popular excursion destination, with numerous birdwatching spots, break spots, an accessible boardwalk and a nature trail.
Ilmakuva jossa näkyy piilokoju, pitkospuita, ruovikkoa ja avovettä
Photo: Tuomas Lahti

A bird paradise in the centre of Helsinki  

The waters of Vanhankaupunginlahti are an important habitat for both migratory birds and birds nesting in the area. Approximately 300 different bird species have been found in the bay area, more than a third of which are nesting species. 

The nature of Vanhankaupunginlahti has been cared for in the long term. The area is home to many endangered or rare species of birds, insects, bats and polypores. There are also several nature reserves in the area. The largest of these is Viikki-Vanhankaupunginlahti. 

There are several birdwatching spots in Vanhankaupunginlahti that are easy to reach by public transport. You can get to the Kivinokka birdwatching platform most conveniently from the Herttoniemi metro station. If you are going to Pornaistenniemi, you can get off at bus stops along the Viikintie road, for example. You can also reach the birdwatching towers of Keinumäki and Hakala, which are located near the Viikki arboretum, from Viikintie. Pack binoculars and good snacks and head out on a birdwatching trip! 

Read more about the nature areas of Vanhankaupunginlahti and birdwatching spots below.

General rules 

In all outdoor areas, observe Everyman’s Rights and rules and move responsibly in nature: 

Birdwatching spots on a map

In the Vanhankaupunginlahti area, there are birdwatching towers, birdwatching platforms and hides. Good observation spots can be found along the hiking trails. 

Birdwatching spots on a map - Open larger map(Link leads to external service)