What are the best water activities in Helsinki?

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Violetta Teetor

The archipelago of Helsinki and Espoo is bursting with islands both occupied with residents and wildlife. Underneath the surface is a sea full of teeming life ready to be lured.

Fishing Lords will take care of everything needed for a fishing trip, from permits to clothing to a really good time pulling up pike, perch, pikeperch and trout in the beautiful Baltic. 

The best beaches around the city are Hietaniemi Beach, where scantily clothed women and men show off their lithe bodies, and Mustikkamaa at Kulosaari, which has tennis courts, a jogging track, playground and a windless spot to tan. Olympic Stadium Swimming Pool has a gorgeous green lawn and waterslide. Also, the water is heated when the temperature is chilly.

Hop on a ferry to picturesque Pihlajasaari, two islands that are joined by a bridge, where you’ll always find a place to bake in the sun. The barbecue is ready to be lit with wood, and the restaurant makes full use of the long summer days by staying open as late as possible. Uunisaari is a short ferry ride away from the shore. There, you can swim, sauna and explore to your hearts’ content.

Is all of this a little hectic? Take the paddle boat Vispilä from the Market Square to Korkeasaari island and Helsinki Zoo. The ride itself is a gentle adventure.

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