Viikinsaari is an island located in the lake Pyhäjärvi belonging to the City of Tampere, Finland. The island is a popular nature resort and an outdoor recreation area, attracting visitors all year round. In the summertime there is a boat connection to the island from the Laukontori harbour. In winter, the island can be reached by walking or skiing.
The western part is a nature reserve, but there are also swimming shores, playgrounds, a small chapel, a fireplace for roasting sausages, a restaurant, a footpath through the nature reserve and a dance pavilion on the island. Viikinsaari is administrated by the Tampere Culture Affairs, which organises happenings and events throughout summer for people in all ages, for example nature tours for children, dance lessons and events and music nights. It is also possible to rent a rowing boat, fishing rods, miniature golf equipment and there’s a selection of games that can be borrowed from the Info office, including petanque, croquet, badminton, darts, football, volleyball and board games. Part of the events are organised by the private ferry company Suomen Hopealinja and the restaurant Wanha Kaidesaari.
The first mentions about Viikinsaari date back to 1596. Until the 19th century the island was known as Kaidesaari, but the name was changed when the island became property of the Viikki Manor. The confectioner Carl Gustav Tallqvist opened a restaurant on the island first in 1866 and had a boat built to start a ferry service from the land. He later bought the islands from Viikki mansion, in the year 1881. After Tallqvist’s death the island was deserted for some time. It was at the most used for herding until the City of Tampere bought it in 1893. After the restaurant had burnt down twice, the city architect Lambert Petterson designed the building in 1900 that is still in use today. Also a small jail was built on the island, which was altered into a chapel of East and West in 1995 and is a piece of art itself, designed by Ilkka Väätti. Viikinsaari has mostly been in use of the working class as their recreation space since the early 20th century. After some quieter years in the latter half of last century, the island is again in active use and attentively maintained. Make Viikinsaari Island a centerpiece of your Tampere vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Tampere online route builder.
Viikinsaari Island Reviews
Had a wonderful lunch at Viikinsaari. Amazing service and wonderful dishes from local providers. It is very easy to get to the island from Laukontori Port on Silver Line vessels. Best of the trip is..... more »
An outdoor island full of small paths. Several organised events offered during summer months but island is at it best as a picnic site and to wander around on its own. Cafe and toilets available... more »
One of the best ways to spend a summer's day in Tampere: take the boat to this lovely island. Tickets can be bought at Laukontori harbour. Note that you get a 2 euro discount if you purchase your tickets online! The island has lots to see and do: a full-fledged good restaurant, a beer garden, kiosk for ice creams and grilled foods. A sauna, summer theatre, dance hall, a sandy beach for swimming can also be found here. You can bbq your own foods at the bbq-pit located near the beach. Boat trip takes 15-20 minutes.
Definitely not as big as expected. It's a small island with a small beach and a nature path around the island. Part of it was closed due to a festival the next day which was a shame on an already small island. It is pretty but the boat price seems steep for such a small island.
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