Kipsala Island in Riga

Old building in Kipsala, Riga

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Kipsala is an island in the Daugava river.

Just like the nearby islands of Zakusala and Lucavsala, Kipsala is an island everyone knows, especially locals, but at the same time rarely anyone wanders any deeper than they need. For example, for me Kipsala has always been the place where my university was located, and that’s it.

Turns out there’s more to it, and it’s also an interesting place to go for a walk to or where to go cycling in Riga.

Here are a few things you need to know + my photos.

Getting to Kipsala Island

It’s super easy to get to Kipsala.

Unlike with Kundzinsala island, you can take any of the roads, and you’ll get on the island. I, personally, like cycling there from the “other side of the river”, not right across the Vansu bridge, but across the Stone bridge instead (Akmens tilts), and then by the Slokas street.


If you need a bike, it’s very easy to rent a bicycle in Riga.

Cycling on Kipsala, Riga

Once on the island just go where you feel like.

If you’re walking, start with the Balasta dambis street on the side of the old town. It’s the prettiest part of Zakusala. The rest is still a bit wild. There are some newer, and some older buildings, some really nice houses and some you want to get quicker away from, some office buildings and some restricted access areas. It is possible to get to the river Daugava in some parts.

In some places, especially the area of the Balasta dambis street, it feels like in a tiny and pretty Latvian town. Unlike in Voleri, where you get the village-feeling.

For most part you see only very few cars on the island, which helps you to enjoy cycling more. As most people just go to the university or shopping mall both situated closer to the bridge.

Here is what it looks like on Kipsala.

The Balasta dambis street, Kipsala island

The Balasta dambis street, Kipsala island

Yachts in a port in Kipsala

A view of Vansu bridge

A view of Vansu bridge

Cycling on Kipsala island

Wooden house in Kipsala, Riga

Nice houses on Kipsala island

Road on Kipsala island

A historical building on Kipsala island

Cars standing on the road in Kipsala

A vintage car in Kipsala, Riga

A vintage car in Kipsala, Riga

Cycling until the end of the Kipsala island

Gates to private property

Have you been to Riga? Did you try cycling in Riga? Did you visit Kipsala? What was your experience?

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