Spend a summer day on Viikinsaari Island, only a 20-minute boat ride away from the city centre of Tampere. The island is a wonderful place to spend a summer day with your family, friends or a loved one.
How to spend a day in Viikinsaari?
Getting familiar with Viikinsaari is best done by strolling down the nature trail. By the pathways there are many delightful swimming spots to spend an easygoing summer day. Viikinsaari also has a beach sauna. You can book it for private use or head to sauna during public hours. Along with bays and paths there are game fields, a mini golf course and a kids fun park. Equipment rental is at Info where you can rent balls, frisbees, darts, games and many water activities for a reasonable price.
While in Viikinsaari, it is worthwhile to pop in the Pyhäjärvi Chapel. A former jail has been transformed into a chapel by a local artist Ilkka Väätti, and it is a true piece of art.
Also in the Info building there is an Art Gallery.
When hunger strikes
Picnic snack can be enjoyed on a sandy beach, green lawn or wooden picnic tables. There is also a possibility to grill and cook on the island. Please note, that it is forbidden to bring your own alcoholic beverages.
You can also dine at Summer Restaurant Viikinsaari. They have an à la carte and terrace menu. There is also a kiosk on the island where one can buy refreshments, sweets, ice cream and grilled food.
At Café Hellman you get the best view towards the city: Hotel Rosendahl, the beach Pyynikki and the city skyline. You can have a cup of cappuccino or a glass of wine with a cinnamon bun or a sandwich while admiring the view.
During summer season there is various program in Viikinsaari. Summer dances, concerts, summer theater and even festivals keep the island happening all summer long. Check out the events from Viikinsaari Event Calendar and book your trip to the island here.
Opening hours of the Viikinsaari island
Viikinsaari is open from mid May to mid August. Departures from Laukontori harbour to Viikinsaari island always on even hours. Departures from Viikinsaari island to Laukontori harbour always half past.
Tickets available online or from the ticket kiosk located in Laukontori.