Varlaxudden Emäsalo


Varlaxudden recreation area is located in Emäsalo – a 30-minute drive from Vantaa and a nice spot for camping.


A friend of mine recommended this place to me, and after visiting, I would say that this is probably one of the most beautiful places I have visited in the Helsinki area. The fireplace is easily accessible from the parking lot and has plenty of firewood to take away. (there are two of them – one in a hut and one outside). We were almost alone here at night and slept in our sleeping bags under the stars.

From Emäsalo there is a beautiful view towards the open sea. It is also a good place to take astropictures as there is less light polution than in Helsinki. Unfortunately, there is also a military base next to it, but you can easily walk along the fence to the end of the island.

When it got dark, we made a fire and grilled our sausages while listening to the crackling fire, wind, and waves – just perfect. Later we got creative with the camera and were able to take great pictures of the starry sky.

The next morning on the horizon, we saw large and small ships leaving the nearby port and arriving there.