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Seurasaari

Diverse nature and an open-air museum

Seurasaari in winter © Jussi Helimäki

The island of Seurasaari features diverse habitats, including natural coastal forests, herb-rich forests with valuable flora, ponds, smooth rocks and a coastal meadow, which is a protected habitat type. The area’s flora is very diverse in places, particularly in the south-east part of the island.

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Seurasaari pond © Jussi Helimäki
Services and routes

More detailed route descriptions and available services can be found on this subpage or the side menu map on the upper right corner.

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Seurasaari © Jussi Helimäki
History

The City of Helsinki purchased the island of Seurasaari, which was called Fölis at the time, in the 1870s. Prior to this the island belonged to Meilahti Farm and was used as a cow pasturage. In 1889, Helsingin Anniskeluyhtiö, a company specialising in the sale of alcoholic beverages, established a folk park on the island, five years after the establishment of Helsinki Zoo.

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Seurasaari bridge under construction in 1892 © Helsinki City Museum, photographer unknown
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