Helsinki pays attention to safety on the beaches.

Enjoy the sea, beaches and islands – Ahti will show you how to get the most out of maritime Helsinki

The beaches and islands of Helsinki are at their best right now. Water transport resumed gradually in May and will now start employing normal schedules. Islands like Vallisaari, Isosaari and Lonna offer wonderful seaside atmosphere and activities. In addition to tried and true destinations, you can browse the new mobile service Ahti to find new recreational areas.

The new and developing mobile service Ahti will be offering residents good tips on enjoying the sea, islands and beaches this summer. You can use Ahti on your smartphone to find a cosy seaside café, ice cream stand, restaurant, cool beach or even a seaside sauna.

City of Helsinki water transport was resumed gradually in May. As always, you can find timetables in the HSL Journey Planner this summer. Starting this summer, you can camp every day of the week in Pihlajasaari, for example. Families with children will find Isosaari an excellent spot for camping, whereas Vallisaari boasts ‘tentsile’ camping, or tents attached to trees.

Tourists who like to sail will be pleased to know that, for the first time, boat owning residents of Helsinki will be able to rent their berth to tourists temporarily. This experiment will be first implemented in small scale in City of Helsinki berths in Tervasaari. You can check available berths in Ahti.

Over the summer, water sport equipment available for rent, such as kayaks and SUP boards, will be added to the Ahti service.

Beaches and new services

The exceptional circumstances caused by the coronavirus pandemic will be observed on beaches by adhering to instructions issued by the Finnish Swimming Teaching and Lifesaving Federation (SUH). The Hietaranta beach features a new outdoor excercise area and walking route, and the area will later be home to a new water sports centre. Forest yoga will be organised in Vallisaari.

New entepreneurs started their operations on Uunisaari and Pihlajasaari last year, and this year we will be able to enjoy new services on Kaunissaari in Sipoo as well as in Helsinki Marina in Katajanokka.
The entire area of the recently opened small Katajanokanluoto island is a restaurant. You can access the island by boat from the Market Square’s Cholera Basin in roughly seven minutes. Helsingin Risteilypalvelut is in charge of boat traffic and activities on the island.

Ahti is part of the multiyear City of Helsinki maritime strategy and it represents one more step towards better digital services for everyone who wants to enjoy the seaside.

”The unique islands and seaside areas of Helsinki have a lot to offer for both residents of Helsinki and entrepreneurs. An island outing is like having a mini holiday. Highly recommended!” says Project Manager Minttu Perttula for the City of Helsinki Maritime Strategy.

For more information, please contact

Minttu Perttula, City of Helsinki Maritime Strategy Project Manager, tel. +358 40 183 1552, minttu.perttula@hel.fi

Ahti: ahti.hel.fi

The City of Helsinki Maritime Strategy provides development guidelines for the offering and attractiveness of the archipelago and the coastal areas until 2030. The objective is to improve maritime services and the accessibility of the destinations, promote maritime events and continue the opening up of the nearby archipelago for recreational use. The Helsinki Biennial, which was planned for this year, will be held on 12 June–26 September 2021 in Vallisaari and on the mainland. According to current information, all of the artists that were announced previously will be participating in the Biennial in 2021, as well. The event will also feature virtual experiences.

Photo: City of  Helsinki.