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Vasikkasaari ilmasta kuvattuna. Kuva: Helsingin kaupunki

Vasikkasaari is being developed into a functional and ecological recreational area and a smart nature tourism destination. In the summer of 2019, several reforms were made on the island: old paths were restored and renewed, landscaping and habitat mapping were carried out and signposts, toilets and trash bins were added. In 2020, the planning of the implementation of the island’s infrastructure solutions and pre-construction began, and according to current estimates, the island will be connected to municipal technology during 2025 at the latest.

The timetables for public transport can be found in HSL’s route planner. Vasikkasaari is only a 15-minute ferry ride from the Market Square.

There are about 150 permanent summer residents on the island, inhabiting around 50 cottages. The residents belong to the association called Vasikkasaaren mökkiläiset (Vasikkasaari cottageers’ association) to which the City of Helsinki has leased land for summer house use.

All development on the island is done taking into account nature's values and in cooperation with the entrepreneurs and summer residents. Visitors are encouraged to hike the nature trails with respect for nature and the peace of the residents.

In Vasikkasaari, the sustainability regarding both visiting the island and developing the archipelago are promoted also through an EU-funded project “Urban Eco Islands – Urban and Smart Island Tourism Destinations”. In the project, various ways of taking into account the strain on nature caused by the growing visitor numbers are tested and developed. The research areas are Vasikkasaari in Helsinki and Aegna island in Tallinn, Estonia. A sustainable tourism manual that takes into account the special features of island destinations will be created during the project. The manual will compile a set of criteria on the ecological, economic and cultural factors that need to be considered when developing nature tourism destinations located in urban areas. The Urban Eco Islands project is part of the European Union’s Central Baltic Intereg programme. The two-year project (1 April 2019 to 30 June 2021) is led by the City of Helsinki’s Environmental Services and receives funding of EUR 1.1 million.

24.11.2020 19:08