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Vartiosaari ilmasta kuvattuna. Kuva Helsingin kaupunki

Vartiosaari is an island of circa 82 hectares in eastern Helsinki, located in the midst of urban structure between Laajasalo and Vuosaari.

Vartiosaari is one of the best preserved villa communities in Helsinki. About half of the villas are privately owned and some are leased to various communities. The island has a nature trail along which there is a giant’s kettle and a lookout cliff. On many summers, sheep from the Haltiala farm roam the island and do landscaping work. This summer, the sheep arrived on the island on Tuesday 9 June. There is a boat connection to Vartiosaari from Laajasalo, Hakaniemi and Vuosaari in the summertime, which is organised by Suomen Saaristokuljetus. In addition, in the summer of 2020, a covered catamaran takes passengers across the 150 metres wide Reposalmi strait. The catamaran can seat six persons and is ordered via a mobile application which can be downloaded and used on smartphones and other mobile devices.

Several new features are introduced in Vartiosaari in 2020: trails, signposts, toilets and waste management are improved and access to the island is facilitated by increasing water traffic.

These reforms are made according to a decision made by the City Board in May 2019. A City Council initiative suggested, in accordance with the City of Helsinki’s Maritime Strategy, to promote the recreational use of Vartiosaari island through temporary measures until the situation in the area regarding city planning will be clarified.

Developing the Vartiosaari area is a long project that has only started. After the summer, the development work of the island’s infrastructure and services will continue based on the feedback received from users. In the future, the planning of Vartiosaari will consider, among other things, transport and connections to the island, services, local energy production and organising the island’s maintenance.

25.06.2020 11:30