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Sauna. Photo: Lauri Rotko/Helsinki Tourism Material Bank
Yrjönkatu swimming hall. Photo: Visit Finland Media Bank
Ice Swimming. Photo: Roy Koto/Helsinki Tourism Material Bank

Swimming and saunas

Helsinki offers you many possibilities to enjoy a relaxing swim or sauna.

Helsinki has 315 islands and almost a 100 kilometres of shoreline. The city’s beaches and archipelago are perfect for enjoying outdoor recreation, swimming and nature walks. The most popular swimming beach is Hietaniemi Beach, or “Hietsu” as it is known locally.

Take a dive in the largest swimming hall in Finland, the Mäkelänrinne Swimming Centre or enjoy the atmosphere in the Yrjönkatu Swimming Hall having the feel of a Roman bath. There is something for everyone!

In case you don't feel like lying on the beach during your holiday and are looking for a more active holiday head instead to some of the water parks in the surrounding areas of Helsinki.

Nearly all hotels in Helsinki have their own saunas, in addition to which visitors can enjoy the public saunas listed here.

Try ice swimming in Helsinki!

Swimming in a hole that has been cut in the ice and then returning to a hot sauna relaxes and refreshes the body, while improving stress tolerance levels. Believers also claim that it keeps away the flu and enhances blood circulation.

In Helsinki metropolitan area you can try ice swimming at:

Kuusijärvi Recreation Centre (Kuusijärventie 3, Vantaa)
Bus 730 from Railway Square

Oittaa Recreation Centre (Kunnarlantie 33 - 39, Espoo)

Swimming and saunas in Helsinki