Helsinki City Escapes II: Espoo waterfront walkway

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Oh, how I’ve been waiting for the day that the forest paths are dried up again, the trees bloom, the beaches come back to life and I can get out again on the most beautiful waterfront walk- and bikepath of the city. 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.

The signposting is mostly pretty obvious so that you don’t get lost, but especially the area towards Espoonlahti is a little tricky, so just follow your nose and hope you’re right. The entire path is just a little over 40km – I only did the entire route once, took a bus back home and picked up my bike the next day (okay, so, twice technically). But even only taking the walkside path from Töölö, through Munkkiniemi, around Laajalahti bay and back via Otaniemi, Tapiola and Lauttasaari is wonderful and with roughly 20-24km (depending on where you start exactly) easily doable and during the warm summer nights truly magical.

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