If you’re looking for a place to enjoy a naturism holiday, then Helsinki would seem the ideal place. With Finland’s sauna culture giving Finns a relaxed attitude towards nudity, Helsinki has a number of options for those wishing to practice nudism and naturism. Obviously, if you wish to spend any length of time naked in the great outdoors, then you’ll need to plan your naturist holiday to Helsinki in the summer. Assuming this is the case, then head for Pihlajasaari Island, a 15 minute ferry ride from central Helsinki. Pihlajasaari Island has a naturist area with a unisex naturist beach. This is a good place to sunbathe, although it’s too rocky for swimming. If you’re looking for swimming and sunbathing, then Seurasaari is the place for you. However, this is a gender-segregated beach, so not perfect if you want to go with your family or a friend of the opposite sex.
The other place for naturists visiting Helsinki to enjoy bathing naked is the ever-popular Yrjönkatu Swimming Hall. Located in the centre of Helsinki, Yrjönkatu was voted Europe’s third best indoor swimming experience 2006 and is a must-go destination for any holidaymaker with naturism or nudism in mind. Although it’s clothing optional rather than strictly nudist, bathing suits are an uncommon sight. It must be said, however, that there are no mixed-sex session at Yrjönkatu Swimming Hall so again it’s not ideal if you want to swim with someone of the opposite gender. There are plenty of other things to make up for that, however; the Swimming Hall has saunas, massage therapists and an impressive 1920s classical setting.