Beaches in Helsinki


Aurinkolahti (c) by hsivonen

What could be a better way to spend a lazy summer day in Helsinki than trying one of the many beaches?  There are nearly 30 public beaches in Helsinki. Most of these beaches are along the seaside, but at least four of them rest on the banks of the Vantaa River.

The majority of beaches in Helsinki are open from June until August each year. Some beaches are in the middle of bustling metropolitan areas while others are on the outskirts of Helsinki. The following list is an overview of three of Helsinki’s best-loved beaches.

Hietaniemi Beach

Also known as Hietsu, Hietaniemi is the most popular beach in Helsinki. Hietaniemi was used as a landfill and storage area for sand until the 1929, when locals chose to transform the area into a sandy beach.

This supervised beach features a basketball court, weightlifting area, children’s playground, dining facilities and a sand volleyball area. Beachgoers are also welcome to spend their time sunbathing or swimming.

Aurinkolahti Beach

A 700-meter swimming beach and a marina are two of Aurinkolahti’s best features. The Aurinkolahti beach area has only been developed for a short time and is not as crowded as Hietaniemi.

The beach is easy to reach on the metro and there are several restaurants and shops nearby. The promenade that borders the beach is crowded with locals and tourists throughout the summer, making it an ideal destination for people watching.


Pihlajasaari is an island in Helsinki that is used solely for recreation purposes. Pihlajasaari is actually two islands that are joined by a bridge, only reachable by boat. One of Pihlajasaari’s islands offers supervised swimming, sunbathing and a restaurant.

The other island has a small camping area and one of Helsinki’s two nude beaches. The unisex nude beach is not suitable for swimming, but it is perfect for sunbathing. Additional ameneties at Pihlajasaari include a volleyball area, children’s playground and showers.

Helsinki beaches on the map

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