Once upon a time, this picturesque stretch of sand in Hietaniemi was a landfill. Today, it’s one of the most popular and fashionable beaches in Finland. Inaugurated in 1929, Hietaniemi Beach is located in central Helsinki in the Töölö district. It is frequented by locals and tourists alike, earning it the reputation of being Helsinki’s answer to Copacabana!
With the area right in the midst of Helsinki, you can enjoy the sights of the city and then hit the beach in the afternoon for sunbathing and a brilliant sunset.
As one of the top rated beaches in Finland, Hietaniemi Beach is routinely packed with locals. It is especially popular among beach sports enthusiasts, with the Hietsu Beach Volley Tournament being hosted here since 1995.
The water itself is quite cold and brackish, but some still brave the swim to reach a few small islands located close by. Their secluded nature make them a particularly romantic place for sea-loving lovebirds.
If neither beach sports nor swimming is your thing, there is plenty of grass under the shelter of the pine trees - perfect for picnics.
From landfill to filled with the city’s most discerning beachgoers, Hietaniemi Beach remains Helsinki’s hottest beach.
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