With its white sand beaches and warm summer climate, the islands of Pihlajasaari are popular with locals and tourists looking to relax, sunbathe and spend a day by the sea, all within easy reach of Helsinki city center.
Pihlajasaari is a holiday resort of two uninhabited islands just off the coast of Helsinki, meaning that while the island is easy to get to, there are very few buildings or developments to distract from the beautiful scenery that can be found here. While there might not be many local inhabitants, there are some conveniences on Pihlajasaari to make visits even more enjoyable, such as a restaurant, self-service cooking shelters stocked with wood, two saunas and jogging tracks.
The Pihlajasaari Restaurant can be found on the west side of the western island, which is called Läntinen Pihlajasaari. The restaurant is hosted in the charming Villa Hällebo, a 130-year old villa which bears a more than slight resemblance to Pippi Longstocking’s colorful Villa Villekulla. Their own smoker offers freshly smoked salmon and many other types of seafood can be found on the menu, as well as traditional Finnish dishes.
Getting to the islandsPihlajasaari is well serviced by ferries leaving regularly from the city center, perfect if you are looking to enjoy a day-trip to the beach not far from the Radisson Blu Seaside Hotel in Helsinki.
To get to the islands in 10 minutes, get on a JT-Line waterbus from the dock at Ruoholahti, which is less than a 10-minute walk from the hotel. The service runs from the 18th of June to the 14th of August. There is also a waterbus from the dock at Merisatama (behind Café Carousel) which runs from the 14th of May to the 4th of September.