Inspired by the Biennial: Art, nature and handicrafts in the archipelago, at the heart of the most beautiful part of eastern Helsinki – activities for young people!

The Youth Island Gallery will once again be open to visitors on the island of Vartiosaari for the summer. This year, Helsinki’s Youth Services and their partners will organise free workshops involving experiences with nature, adventure, art, natural cosmetics and working with wood, stone or jewellery for young people.

Youth Island Gallery is a place where nature, art and crafts meet

The Youth Island Gallery workshops are mainly intended for Helsinki-based young people and youth groups aged between 12 and 25. If you want to ensure your participation in a particular workshop, you can register in advance by sending an email to The advance registration is recommended especially for youth groups, as some of the workshops are only available to a limited number of people.

Surrounded by natural beauty, young people get to do creative work, grow crops, care for animals and spend time in nature. In addition to the magnificent island landscape, the working environment includes the stable and barn built in the yard of dentist Ernst Wasenius’s villa more than a hundred years ago.

Youth Island Gallery opening hours and workshops in summer 2023

In summer 2023, the Youth Island Gallery was open from 12 June to 21 July. We thank all the participants!

Young people’s ecocafé

The ecocafé is part of the Youth Island Gallery in Vartiosaari. It serves a small selection of delicious ethically produced and sustainable products and always waffles, coffee and tea.

The ecocafé has made the good choices on your behalf. Welcome!
Only payment by card and MobilePay are available.
In summer 2023, the opening of the ecocafé will be held on Monday 12 June. After that, the café will be open from 13 June to 21 July from Tuesday to Friday between 12:00 and 17:30.

Transport by boat

People participating in the Youth Island Gallery’s activities are transported to the island by the Aurinkolautta ferry, which operates throughout the summer. The ferry provides transport for those participating in the Youth Island Gallery workshops and employees. The ferry runs from the Reposalmi shore to Vartiosaari. The trip takes 5 minutes.
Pier address: Reposalmentie 2, FI-00840 Helsinki.

For young people who participate in the programme, the Aurinkolautta transport is free of charge. You only need to notify the captain that you are participating in the Youth Island Gallery.

For those visiting the island and the Youth Island Gallery, the ferry trip is subject to a fee.
Adolescents (7 to 17 years): €1.50/one way
Adults: €2.50/one way

More information:

You can also get to Vartiosaari by taking a boat from Hakaniemi to Vuosaari operated by Suomen saaristokuljetus (the fee is €12). You can also hop on the boat in Laajasalo, among other places (€3/one way).

Laajasalo–Vartiosaari departure times: 10:25, 14:30 and 18:15
Vartiosaari–Laajasalo departure times: 12:45, 16:45 and 20:15


Tel. +358 40 334 8025

Instagram: @islandgallery

Visiting address
Reposalmentie 1
00840 Helsinki
Postal address


  • Nina von Gruenewaldt, Nuoriso-ohjaaja, ympäristökasvattaja
    (09) 310 20031, 040 6610 142
  • Helena Jäntti, Nuoriso-ohjaaja
    040 6117 256
  • Ilona Anttila, Vastaava ohjaaja
    (09) 310 20736, 040 1944 533
  • Susanne Österlund-Toivonen, Toiminnanjohtaja
    (09) 310 89125, 050 5591 762

Youth center phone number: +358 40 334 8025

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