This is an extensive route along the waterfront west of the city center, incorporating several islands, with breathtaking views. Especially nice in summer. We offer shorter and longer options here, including jaunt to Seurasaari Island for those who want a 20km route!
A good place to start your run is Hietaniemi Beach, which is fully crowded on nice summer days. Head north and pass Sibelius Monument, dedicated to Finnish composer Jean Sibelius. Run through beautiful Humallahdenpuisto (park) and Meilahdenpuisto Park and islands called Lehtisaari and Kaskisaari, using the main road which has a multi-use path alongside. A highlight is the pedestrian bridge connecting Kaskisaari to Lauttasaari Island (which features several corporate offices). On Lauttasaari island, you can make a shortcut for an 8-mile run and continue directly back towards Hietaniemi along Lauttasaarentie street. However, we highly recommend to make an extra 2-mile loop at the southern tip of Lauttasaari island. The area features nice parks and offers scenic views to the Gulf of Finland. Run back to Hietaniemi beach and go for a refreshing swim.
Add-On: Seurasaari Island. This island loop adds a very pleasant, car-free 4 km. From Tamminiemi, run over the pedestrian bridge with great views of the water and do a loop around flat, dirt paths — combination of woods and water views.