Vanhankaupunginlahti Bay

Helsinki  >  Finland

Vanhankaupunginlahti and Viikki are quite large areas of wetland and old forest.

Added by Joni Rasanen


There are several bird towers in the area where you'll have great view over the bay. You can see among many other species: Barnacle Goose, Canada Goose, Mute Swan, Whooper Swan, Northern Shoveler, Garganey, Gadwall, Eurasian Wigeon, Common Teal, Great Crested Grebe, Stock Dove, Water Rail, Eurasian Oystercatcher, Eurasian Curlew, Snipe, Common Redshank, Common Sandpiper, Common Greenshank, Black-headed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Caspian Tern, Common Tern, Great Cormorant, Great Bittern, Grey Heron, Marsh Harrier, White-tailed Eagle, Great Spotted Woodpecker, White-backed Woodpecker. Lesser Spotted Woodpecker. Sparrowhawk, Eurasian Hobby, Icterine Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Blyth's Reed Warbler, Great Reed Warbler, Eurasian River Warbler, Eurasian Treecreeper, Barn Swallow, Red-backed Shrike, Thrush Nightingale, Common Chiffchaff, Redwing, Fieldfare, Meadow Pipit, Bearded Tit, Common Rosefinch, Wryneck, Grey-headed Woodpecker.



You can get there by bus or car. Most carparks are limited time only. Explore the area by foot or bike (by bike you can't go everywhere).

Terrain and Habitat

Forest, Wetland, Mud flats, Grassland, Sea, Reedbeds, Scattered trees and bushes


Flat, Swampy

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit

Spring, Spring migration


Wide path, Unpaved road, Narrow trail

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by

Foot, Bicycle

Birdwatching hide / platform


View other birding spots in the area that are published on Birdingplaces


Top 5 birds

Other birds you can see here