By typing ‘Vartiosaari’ into Reittiopas, you will get pretty clear instructions on how to get to the jetty. But we have also laid them out here for you:
OVERLAND TO REPOSALMI BOAT JETTY
Take the Metro to Herttoniemi and from Bus stop no. 4 outside the metro station, take bus no. 88 to Kaitalahti or 89 to Yliskylä. Get off at Kiiltomadonpolku or Reposalmentie. Walk to the end of Reposalmentie where you will see the boat jetty.
FROM REPOSALMI BOAT JETTY TO THE ISLAND
Once at the boat jetty, you can take the ferry across to Vartiosaari.
Between 12th -31st May and 27th August – 17th September, the ferry operates at weekends between Laajasalo/Vartiosaari as follows (earlier time given as journey takes 5 minutes and ferry will travel in either direction on request):
Fridays: 17:40, 18:15
Saturdays & Sundays: 10:45, 11:15, 17:45, 18:15
From 1st June -9th August, these leave Reposalmi (Laajasalo) at approximately 10.45, 12.45, 17.45 and 19.45 daily. To get back to the mainland (Reposalmi/Laajasalo), the ferry leaves Vartiosaari at 10.55, 12.50, 17.55 and 19.50. For full timetables, please check: Suomen Saaristokuljetus. And make sure you get to the jetty at each end at least 10 minutes early just in case! The ferry will travel in both directions on request. If the cafe is open, you can enjoy stove pot coffee and cake while you wait.
The journey to/from Reposalmi takes less than 5 minutes and the cost is 2€ each way
Alternatively, you can see if anyone else is heading over on their own boat and hitchhike.
MAPS SHOWING OVERLAND ROUTE FROM HERTTONIEMI TO REPOSALMI JETTY:
A map of the area can also be found in the following
phonebooks: HSP ENIRO 40 DQ 75 / FONECTA 22 E 2.
BY FERRY FROM HAKANIEMI, HERTTONIEMI OR VUOSAARI
Starting from 1.6 until 31.8, a ferry will be travelling between the above locations and Vartiosaari every day. For updates on schedules, please check Suomen Saaristokuljetus.
Rent a kayak from Natura Viva and paddle there. Please try to avoid coming to shore on someone’s private property!
Organise your own private tour, which includes water transport! The following companies offer guided tours for groups, but get in touch with them directly to find out the minimum group sizes:
Natura Viva – Kayaking & hiking excursion