Destination information

A daily ferry with regular departures leaves from Sipoo Kalkkiranta to Pirttisaari. There is an HSL bus connection to Kalkkiranta.

The Byviken School jetty is a good stop to hop off the ferry. The jetty is next to the school and visitors should note that the school building is private property. The recreation area is less than 1 kilometre from the jetty. The route from the jetty pass by the local residents’ houses and gardens and visitors are kindly asked to pass by carefully and respectfully.

The easiest place to land boats is the Svartviken jetty, where the water is deep enough for bigger keels as well. Originally the jetty was built for military purposes. The jetty is sheltered and popular among boaters and has a nearby campfire site and dry toilet. There are small sandy bays for paddlers close to Svartviken and Lerviken. Visitors should note that the south-western-most jetty in Svartviken is private property.

There is a small gravel road that leads from the Svartviken jetty and from the ferry jetty to the south of Pirttisaari, in Lerviksudden. The area’s cliffs offer beautiful views of the sea. Lerviksudden is also home to a cooking shelter and dry toilet.

There are no wells in the Pirttisaari recreation area, so visitors should bring their own water.

Accessibility

There are no unobstructed services in Pirttisaari. The main routes in the area are, however, accessible with strollers or wheelchairs. Visitors should note that exposed surface rocks are slippery when wet.

The regular ferry is not unobstructed.

Additional information

Pirttisaari’s Byviken represents a typical but already rare archipelago heritage landscape. Pirttisaari has been inhabited since the 18th century. The first residents were fishermen and after them came customs officers and pilots. The Svartviken pilot station was in use from 1868 to the 2000s. The naval station located on Pirttisaari for many years was relocated to the mainland in 2011.

During World War II, Pirttisaari was used as a defence fort for the Gulf of Finland. The area was closed to the public for 50 years and was only re-opened in the early 2000s. There are still three coastal guns, bunkers, and a fire control tower in the area — all of which are historic war monuments.

On a clear day, it is possible to see the Söderskär lighthouse with binoculars. The lighthouse island is open to visitors, with boats leaving for the island from the mainland. The wooden cross on the Korseberget rock is a memorial for a drowned fishing boy.

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