Day 6. Lauttasaari, Helsinki

Back to sunshine this morning so we decided to take a walk around Lauttaasaari Island which lies between Espoo and Helsinki.  Lauttasaari means ‘ferry island’ but nowadays the island is connected to the mainland by a series of bridges and causeways.

Lauttasaari Flag pole, Helsinki
Finnish flag flying for National Poets Day, Lauttasaari

On National Poet’s Day, and whenever it’s a National Day in Finland, Finnish flags are hoisted on flag poles everywhere not only on official buildings but also in private gardens and outside apartment buildings.  I often wonder who is responsible for hoisting these flags and whether someone is in charge of an entire neighbourhood as all the flags seem to be flying in the breeze when we get up and mysteriously disappear late in the evening – whoever is responsible, it doesn’t really matter as the flags are a cheerful, patriotic sight but maybe some of my Finnish readers might have an answer!!

Cafe Mutteri, Lauttasaari, Helsinki
Cafe Mutteri, Lauttasaari

Leaving our apartment we took a T bus to Lauttasaari as buses with this added letter take a detour through the island.  We started our walk by Cafe Mutteri, a delightful old wooden circular cabin perched on the side of the road.  From here we turned right to begin our tour of the island and after a short walk along the road we were able to access the coastal path which leads onto one of the island’s several marinas and yacht clubs. We passed several yacht chandlers and looked in an outlet store to see what they had on offer.  We were tempted to buy a few things but decided to do this on a separate visit as we didn’t really want to be walking all the way around the island with heavy shopping bags.

Marina, Lauttasaari, Helsinki
The Marina, Lauttasaari

Continuing slightly further along the road, a leafy path near some newly built apartments leads down to the water’s edge.   From there, the path follows the coast all the way around the island, slightly undulating in places and with a few rocky sections. Small summer cottages lie secluded between the trees where families can enjoy weekends or even holidays away in the peace and quiet of the forest yet only minutes away from the hustle and bustle of the capital city.

Beach on Lauttasaari, Helsinki
Walking along the Lauttasaari beaches

In recent years numerous swish apartment blocks have been constructed most with spacious glass balconies looking out across the bay.  Despite this increase in housing, Lauttasaari remains a very peaceful island with its protected forests and walking trails. There are several attractive beaches in sheltered coves, most of which have changing rooms and showers.  We stopped for lunch at the largest beach where there is a pleasant cafe, children’s playground and exercise gym.

Beach cafe, Lauttasaari, Helsinki
Beach cafe, Lauttasaari

Since our visit last year the cafe has been refurbished and now offers more tasty lunch options.  There’s a small indoor seating area with a large outdoor terrace overlooking the sea.

Enjoying a coffee at one of the Lauttassari cafes, Helsinki
Enjoying a coffee at one of the Lauttasaari cafes

We lingered there awhile relaxing and enjoying the views before continuing on our way to complete the circuit of the island, the length of our walk being 5.6 miles.


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48 thoughts on “Day 6. Lauttasaari, Helsinki

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  8. Your beautiful sunny pictures make our country look so inviting. You should get some commission for marketing Finland 🙂 About the flags, we live in a 4-family “row house” and the flag is in our common shed and whoever is around will hoist it on the special days. I must admit, though, that sometimes we all forget…

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  9. Sorry being late with my comment. Yesterday we made short road trip to Haparanda, Sweden. I am glad that you presented Lauttasaari, where I visited about 30 years ago. Beautiful and inspiring photos. Thank You.

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  10. The Lauttasaari café looks really nice. I wouldn’t mind lounging on those chairs!

    The flags are usually hoisted up by the caretakers of the apartment buildings. The rule is that they should by up around 8 am and down latest at 9 pm. 🇫🇮🤗

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