As a city surrounded on three sides by water and its own archipelago, Helsinki certainly has beaches for visitors to lounge on. The only issue might be the weather, which is not always what one might associate with beach holidays. Helsinki’s weather is temperate and mild, so although the mercury does sometimes hit 30C in the summer, it usually peaks at around 23C, which might be slightly cool for some beach bunnies. However, the weather is usually clear and sunny, so if the temperature suits you, there is a wealth of options.
The most popular beach for holidaymakers in Helsinki to visit is Hietaniemi Beach, Hietaniemenkatu. Known as Hietsu by the locals, this beach has volleyball, swimming and hosts events. It only takes 15 minutes to reach from the centre of town.
Of course, almost all the islands have beaches, but notable among the rest are Pihlajasaari Island (with two sandy swimming beaches, lovely cafes and a public sauna) and Seurasaari, Mustikkamaa and Munkkiniemi. It’s important to note that Seurasaari is also home to one of the two nudist beaches in Helsinki and is segregated by gender; the other nudist beach is on Pihlajasaari. The island of Uunisaari off the southern shore of Kaivopuisto Park also has sandy beaches and is great for families as it’s serviced by convenient ferries and has a lifeguard at the swimming areas.