Many people say that the closeness of nature is one of the best features of Helsinki, and it is true that it’s amazing to be able to walk from the city center to beautiful, old forests and seascapes. I’ve never been the most outdoorsy-kind-of-a person, despite (or maybe because of) my childhood in the countryside. But I do appreciate the beauty of nature every once in a while and I like to make little trips to enjoy the beautiful Finnish landscapes.
So Lammassaari, situated in the protected area of Viikki and Vanhankaupunginlahti is a perfect location for me: it is reachable by tram and by foot, so it is possible to go for just a small walk whenever I might feel like it.
My favorite route is to take tram 6 or 8 to their final stop in Arabianranta, then walk by the shore to Vanhankaupunginlahti enjoying the great views. But the best part begins in Pornaistenniemi: I continue my way walking on duckboards, amongst reeds taller than myself. The area is full of birds and there are several huts and towers built for birdwatchers to enjoy.
I like to continue walking until Lammassaari. The island is full of summer cottages, so tourists should respect the residents and stay on the paths. But there is plenty to see anyway: lovely scenery, a nature trail and a tower for birdwatchers. It feels like being in another world, even though you can actually see the metro from the island.