Eira Beach (Eiranranta)
Eira Beach (Eiranranta)

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Beach Life in Helsinki

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Hitting the beach may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you are planning a trip to Finland. It might comes as a surprise, therefore, that you can really enjoy the beach life in Helsinki when the summer comes around.

There are plenty of beaches that can be enjoyed without taking to the water to get to them. For instance there is Hietaranta, known by the locals as “Hietsu”, is the city’s most well-known and popular beach.

Easily accessible from the downtown area of the city, you can expect a lot of company there on hot July days.

Image: Nikolai Alin / Visit Finland

Beaches in and around Helsinki

Outside the city centre, there are also a number of attractive and unspoilt beaches that are worth checking out as the mercury rises.

For instance, the beaches in the eastern districts of the city make it hard to imagine that you are in a highly-populated metropolitan area.

Try the one at Kallahdenniemi for starters, down at the end of a gravel path fringed with spruce trees. Buses no. 560 and 816 will get you there from the Vuosaari metro station.

From the Vuosaari metro station, you can also get to the Aurinkolahti beach. A three-minute bus ride fon bus no. 90 takes you there.

Aurinkolahti is informally known as the “Riviera of Helsinki” and is a nice place to visit on a sunny day. A 700-meter swimming beach and a marina are two of Aurinkolahti’s best features.

Pikkukoski

Ironically, Helsinki’s most interesting beach is Pikkukoski, which is not by the sea at all. Instead it is on the banks of the Vantaa River, in the district known as Oulunkylä.

You can get there from downtown on by bus or by train in around 45 minutes. After walking down a steepish hill, you’ll meet an impressive sight: the river makes a small bay in the shelter of a high rock outcrop.

The boldest jump into the water from a platform built on the top of the sheer cliff!

Pikkukoski
Pikkukoski has a 6m high jump tower
(Image: Jussi Hellsten/Helsinki Marketing)

Swimming Pools

The beach is not your only option for a refreshing swim in the city. You can head to the Helsinki Swimming Stadium, which is now a popular outdoor swimming venue near the Helsinki Olympic Stadium. Or you can visit the Kumpula Outdoor Swimming Pool was built as a practice pool for the 1952 Summer Olympics.

If you are looking for something special, try the Allas Sea Pool outdoor pool complex, located a stone’s throw away from the Helsinki marketplace.

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