Finland, Finland Beaches Mini Guide by Ute Fischer

With long hours of sunlight in the summer, relax and enjoy one of these fantastic Finnish beaches.

 
It's safe to say that most people don't come to Helsinki for the beaches, but on a hot summer day in July Hietsu (as it is known to locals) is a good place to be. Beach volleyball, swimming and various events are popular. It's a wide sandy beach surrounded with large park area where people sunbathe and picnic in the summer. Take bus line 55A from Kamppi to get there.

Hietaniemi Beach

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source: Triposo

 
Suomenlinna is a sea fortress built on six islands and part of the city of Helsinki but it's also a top beach destination! There are a number of beaches and green areas to choose from. Get to the islands by a ferry and wander around until you find your ideal bathing spot.

Suomenlinna

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Yyteri Beach

 
While the city of Pori is industrial, don't let that stop you from enjoying the long stretches of golden sand at Yyteri Beach, the west coast's most beautiful beach. Ideal for surfing, beach volleyball, golf and more. It's also home to one of Finland's nudist beaches, if that's your thing. Take a bus direct from the center of Pori, only 1.5 hours east from Tampere, or 2 hours north of Turku.

Yyteri Beach

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Hanko is a popular town to visit in summer and a lot of tourism ensures good services and a lot of restaurants in the marina. It's a popular spot for windsurfing too.

Hanko

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An autonomous and monolingually Swedish group of islands off the southwestern coast of Finland and another great beach destination. While the beaches are rocky, there are thousands of islands to choose from so find the right one for you!

Åland Islands

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Naantali is home of the Moomins and another great beach! Visit Moomin world and then splash in the sea.

Naantali

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Tampere is an industrial city, home of culture, music, art and museums, and has perhaps the best music scene in Finland. It's also located between two lakes so you can pick and choose where you'd like to head to take a dip in the water. Shallow water, lots of shade, volleyball courts and more.

Tampere

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