Helsinki is surrounded by water, and in the summer season the cruise offers are a great way to explore seaside Helsinki. While it might seem like a very touristy thing to do – I go on a sunset cruise every summer. Touristy or not – it’s just stunningly beautiful and always lovely. Take some friends, get dinner or just some drinks on the boat and enjoy the scenery!
A short 20 minute busride from the centre lies Lammassaari, an island that is quite densely populated by summer houses (Mökkis), a bird-watching tower and a little forest path around the island. In this case though “the journey is the destination”, as the way to Lammassaari itself is a hidden path of wooden planks through the marshy swamplands that surround it. Always a little adventure, and you can visit the sheep as well. Wonderful year-round.
I am not a big fan of sand, yet I love the sea, sadly those two only rarely go without another. Hietaniemi beach is without a doubt Helsinki’s most popular and possibly most central beach, I thought of my favourite alternative spots by the sea that you should check out this summer. None of these are further away from the city centre than 20 minutes by public transport.
Stretching all the way from Munkkiniemi along the coastline of Espoo all the way to Saunalahti, the scenic road with mystical parts through birch woods, swampy forests and hidden bbq-places on rocks by the water, but leads also along luxurious residential areas and small harbours. Nature is at your doorstep, people, get out there. Everytime again I am amazed by how close everything actually is and yet how far from civilisation it seems at times. Somewhat seasonal, it’s a great way to explore the shoreline on foot, but especially by bike.
The area of Kruunuvuori is a foresty area on the Laajasalo peninsula, on the south-eastern shore of Helsinki. The wooden villas that had already been built there all the way from the 1800s onwards were hence abandoned but not taken down, so during the last decades those beautiful houses had been left to decay in the woods. It’s a bit like visiting ghost town, however, at this point in time (2019), many of the houses have been burnt down, so this post is more a collection of impressions of what it used to be. City views and forest walks are still worth visiting though!