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Viikinsaari
 

Island Viikinsaari, only 20 minutes boat trip away from Tampere city centre, is a summer oasis which offers a lot to see and experience to everybody’s taste and for all age groups.

Verdant island is a great place to spend a sunny day with friends or family, to nostalgic summer dance and to different kind of recreational activities. There are qualified restaurant services on the island. In Viikinsaari there are also tranquil coves for swimming, places for barbequing, playgrounds and nature trail.

Summer restaurant Viikinsaari offers a beautiful environment to organize bigger occasions. There are altogether 250 seats inside restaurants and in terraces around 140.

At restaurant is served daily buffet lunch, à la carte portions and terrace menus. Kids have their own menu and restaurant is suitable also for disabled. There is also a kiosk at the island which has a selection of soft drinks, sweets, ice cream and barbecue portions.

The sauna of Viikinsaari is rentable for private use but there are also general sauna evenings which you can take part in.

 

The history of Viikinsaari island

The oldest written information on the island shows that, in 1569, one Sipi Eerikinpoika stole hay from the island, which was owned by Eerik Simonpoika, master of the Viikki Manor. At that time, island was known as Jomasaari, "the island of God".

At the beginning of the 19th century Viikinsaari island was owned by Pirkkala Nuoliala village’s Nikkilä farm and it was called Kaidesaari island. The story tells that the widowed matron known as too fond of the bottle sold the island to the owner of Viikki manor for the price of a jug of liquor. As she was finishing the “sale” she said “There goes Kaidesaari island”. Since the island became a part of Viikki manor it was named Viikinsaari island.

In 1881, a confectioner named Tallqvist bought the island from the Viikki Manor. He had run a summer restaurant on the island since 1866, and, at that time, the island was the most popular recreational destination for the local gentry. The present restaurant, designed by architect Lambert Petterson, was built in 1900 after the 1st and 2nd restaurant buildings had been destroyed in fires. One of the oldest restaurants in Tampere, 240 seated, good quality summer restaurant Viikinsaari is suitable for even bigger occasions.

The western part of Viikinsaari Island is protected nature reserve. On Viikinsaari Island it is still possible to find remnants of ancient primeval forests that no longer exist except in very few places, as well as ancient leaf-trees and lush herb-rich vegetation. The 2,5-kilometers long nature path around the island provides visitors with further information regarding the vegetation and birds to be found on the island.

 
Viikinsaari map
 
 
Boat traffic
 

Route traffic to island Viikinsaari 2.6 - 9.8.2015
Departures from Laukontori harbour on the hour.
Return departures always on the half-hour.

 

Timetables 2015

2.6.- 9.8.

Tuesday - Friday

10.00 - 22.30

Saturday

10.00 - 22.30

Sunday

12.00 - 19.30

Fri-Sun stop at the quay of Härmälä

12.10, 16.40

6.7.-3.8. also on Mondays

 

Monday

12.00 - 19.30

 

Tickets

Adult

13,00 €

Adult when minimum 10 persons group

11,70 €

Student

11,00 €

Child (4 - 17 years)

  6,50 €

Family
2 adults + 4 children 4-17 years

32,50 €

Personal season ticket: 5 trips for the price of 4.

There are occasionally special programme days at island Viikinsaari when the tickets are with special prices. Check the daily situation from the programme calendar.

 

 

Good to know

Unfortunately it is not allowed to bring dogs or other pets to Viikinsaari boats.

There are not any parking lots available for the passengers of Finnish Silverline at the harbours. You can find the information of the car parks for example of the websites: www.finnpark.fi/parking

It is forbidden to bring any alcohol drinks to island Viikinsaari or to the boats of Finnish Silverline. Boats and restaurants in island Viikinsaari are fully-licensed.

 
Restaurant Kaidesaari
 

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