Explore the Island

The nature trail that starts from the museum area takes visitors to enjoy the natural beauty of the Pentalanjärvi lake and the sandy Diksand beach.

Pentala Nature Reserve

The ancient forests with their diverse ecosystems have been preserved in their natural state. The island is known for its beautiful high cliffs covered by carpets of untouched reindeer lichen, and majestic pine stands with thick shield bark and pine snags. The herb-rich forests and wetlands on the slopes and depressions between the cliffs grow arum and bogbean.

The fauna of Pentala is rich and diverse. The lake is frequented by the otter, and there is a population of fallow deer on the island. The bird species include the partridge, grey heron, stock dove and grey-headed woodpecker.

Pentala Lake

Pentala is unique as an island in that it has a lake. It is the southernmost lake in Espoo, and it has a small island in the middle. The lake is about one hectare in size, and it appears to be in the natural state of a wilderness lake. The cliffs rising around it have sweeping views of the island. The forests surrounding the lake are mostly included in the nature reserve.

The south-western shoreline of the lake is overgrown wetland dominated by reeds and growing dense stands of horsetail and reed. The bog provides a favourable habitat for some rare species of moss.

Diksand sandy beach

The south-eastern corner of the island has a sandy beach, Diksand. It is nearly hundred meters long and situated in a cove between a low-rising cliff and a path. The beach grows tussocks of lyme grass, sea sandwort and other typical coastal vegetation. Diksand is a protected habitat type and the most stunning of the natural sandy beaches on Espoo’s islands.

Natural sandy beaches and low-rising coastal meadows have disappeared to an alarming degree in the past few decades. The reasons for this development include the eutrophication of the Baltic and construction too close to the shoreline.

The old fields and meadows taken over by woods

The open pastureland in the north-eastern part of the island is a remnant of a former fishing village, where fields, gardens, meadows and a birch-lined lane leading to a cowshed are still visible. Most of the former fields on Pentala are listed as nationally important sites of cultural history. The fields are no longer cultivated and largely taken over by forests, but regarding its landscape and historical value, the area is well worth preserving.

The network of paths on Pentala goes back to the days when cattle were walked to the centre of the island to feed. Now, these meadows, also taken over by forests, provide nutrition for the deer population on the island.

Let’s keep Pentala tidy!

There is a well-trodden and varied network of paths throughout Pentala. Keep to the footpath, as this way you can reduce the wear of the valuable cliff surfaces. Berries and edible mushrooms may be picked in accordance with everyman’s rights. Please keep your dog on a lead. Remember that open fire is not permitted on the island. The use of motorised vehicles and mountain bikes is not permitted in the nature reserve.

The island of Pentala is located on the south-western edge of Suvisaaristo, near the border of Kirkkonummi. Pentala is one of the largest islands in Espoo (130 hectares).