Facilities for hire

The wonderful natural surroundings and Harakka’s history provide plenty of inspiration for the artists. The island´s main building has nearly thirty studies designated for artists as well as meeting facilities that are freely available for hire.


Artist studios

Professional artists of various kinds have used the three-storey main building on Harakka island since 1989. Now commonly known as the Artists’ house, the building has a total of 30 studios that only seldom become available for rent. Painters and artisans who live in Helsinki have priority in applications.

The studios and furnishings are rented out on five-year contracts. Tenants may not spend the night on the premises.

Studios that become available are advertised on our website and on the website news feeds of the Cultural Office. Applications are accepted only when the availability of a studio has been advertised. It is not possible to wait for studios to become available.

By boat and over ice to the studio

Artists working on Harakka cross to it in their own rowing boat. At times in late autumn, the sea wind can be so strong it forces Harakka tenants to abandon their attempt to cross. There is no alternative but to hope for better luck next day! 

In the winter, the island can be reached via a walkway over the frozen sea. The wonderful natural surroundings and Harakka’s history provide plenty of inspiration for the artists. At Harakka you can withdraw from the hustle and bustle of everyday life to savour the silence and gain the strength needed to meet your creative challenges.



City of Helsinki, Culture and Leisure
Silja Nummi
040 158 2891 / 09 310 38995



The City of Helsinki Culture and leisure division publishes information about available workspaces, for example,  on Facebook and on its own website hel.fi/kulttuuri


Meeting facilities

The Cultural Centre hires out the library, dining and auditorium facilities in the main building.


The Library (41 m²) is suitable for meetings. Its original interior is well preserved. Max 14 people.


The auditorium (47 m²) is suitable for lectures. It is equipped with a slide projector, overhead projector and screen, and an old two-part chalkboard. Max 45 people.

Casual gathering space and kitchen

A casual gathering space (36 m²), with a small kitchen. The kitchen has a microwave oven and coffee maker. Max 30 people.

Prices in 2019

Library € 25/h
Auditorium € 30/h
Casual gathering space € 25/h
Sauna € 20/h


Saara Metsämäki, saarametsamaki@hotmail.com tel. +358 40 413 4355

Order catering for meetings

Tasty soup lunches or coffee, pastries, buns, filled rolls!
​​​tel. +358 40 413 4355 or saarametsamaki@hotmail.com