Uunisaari Island in Winter Darkness

Driving past Uunisaari island on the Kaivopuisto shoreline in Helsinki, I could not resist parking the car and going in for a coffee.

It looks so inviting. Can you make out the name?


In wintertime, a bridge takes you across to the island. In summer the only way to get there is by boat. The sea had iced over with interesting formations.


The sky was ablaze with the setting sun.


I never tire of the different hues of orange.


There are two saunas on the island, which you can rent. If you don’t mind going with strangers, you should join their Sunday Sauna which costs 10 €. I’m really curious to try it.


On the island you can find Ugn Restaurant and Café.


It sure is cosy.


Warm drinks await inside.


The café is open on weekends and it also serves Sunday brunch.


Many people were eating traditional Finnish salmon soup. It’s one of my favourite soups.


I am very fond of all the fairy lights outside the café.


Perhaps you would like to take a dip in the sea?


There is a special pier for just that.


I’ve never tried winter swimming – maybe this could be the place where I take the plunge?


In Finland we often grumble about the darkness. But with the lights, everything looks quite welcoming.


It was -20 Celsius when we visited but with the wind it felt like -28 Celsius.


A visit to the island is worth it just for this view of mainland Helsinki.


And of course to watch the sun set.


As we left, I took one last glance at Uunisaari island – now it was all engulfed in darkness.


Have you been to Uunisaari island? Check out my post of the island from last March – it was quite a different sight then, Spring was already in the air.


34 thoughts on “Uunisaari Island in Winter Darkness

  1. “It was -20 Celsius when we visited but with the wind it felt like -28 Celsius.” Right! 😮 😮 😮 And you throw that piece of info in there so casually, just after you mention your wish to go winter night swimming. 😀

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    1. Heheh! My try at winter swimming should happen this week.. yikes! It will most likely be only -1 celcius though but I heard it’s more difficult then than if the air were colder…

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  2. Ei kannata kokeilla avantouintia, sillä siihen voi jäädä koukkuun 😉 Minä aina uhosin ettei se ole minun urheilulajini, mutta nyt nautin siitä suunnattomasti. Ihana euforia dippauksen jälkeen…

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    1. Hehehe, siitä huolimatta, sitä on kokeiltava! Noloa, kun turistitkin uskaltavat, enkä minä ole edes yrittänyt 😨 Kiva, kun kävit lukemassa 😍


  3. Reading this made me feel cool for the first time in a few days as it as been +40C here (South Australia) for a couple of days! While the days are beautiful and clear and the sunsets golden it’s just been so hot!

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    1. Wow +40 – it’s difficult for me to even imagine such heat at the moment! Today the snow was melting, so were going from one extreme to the other…


    1. Thank you Regina for your comment! We have many islands here which are fun to visit in summer. It’s great that some islands have activities in wintertime too 🙂


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