It feels like being in a summer holiday destination when walking down the seafront boulevard of Aurinkolahti. The Uutela area is lovely to spend time in the winter, too, and this constantly evolving district is just getting better year after year.
Located in Vuosaari, Aurinkolahti is the gem of Eastern Helsinki. The colourful buildings lift your mood no matter how dark the winter’s day, while the paths of Uutela will help you keep fit around the year, and in the summer you can rest your body on the lovely sandy beach. The most obvious commercial services are those in Vuosaari shopping centre as well as Itis, but the centre of the city is also only a quick metro ride from here.
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The 500-metre sandy beach of Aurinkolahti is the longest in Helsinki, longer than the famous 450-metre Hietaranta Beach. The atmosphere on Aurinkolahti beach is also unique with cafes and terraces. In the winter local volunteers make an ice-skating rink on the sea ice off the beach.
Aurinkolahti Beach, Urheilukalastajankuja 1
In Aurinkolahti you are far away from city centre noise yet still close to everything. Columbus shopping centre can be found nearby, just north of Aurinkolahti, and the largest shopping centre in the Nordic countries, Itis, is only six minutes from here by metro.
Kauppakeskus Columbus shopping centre, Valkopaadentie 1
The Uutela Canal and the Kauniinilmanpuisto Park were designed exclusively for recreational use. The channel outlines the densely-built urban area and connects the built environment smoothly with the recreational area. A fine example of latest environmental design, the canal also received the Environmental Structure of the Year award in 2010.
Cafe Kampela located by the Vuosaaren urheilukalastajat fishing club marina is one of the finest spots in Aurinkolahti. The cafe is right by the sea and next to the Uutela recreational area. The pleasant terrace is a great place to enjoy the sunshine in the summer. In the winter the salmon soup is a popular lunch here. You will be spoilt for choice when it is time to choose dessert as the display cabinets are stacked with cakes and pastries.
Kahvila Kampela, Uutelantie 1
Bordering on Aurinkolahti, Uutela is an exceptionally large seafront recreational area in the Helsinki scale. The area is also interesting in terms of its natural history and geology. The area is visited by 50,000 people a year and its popularity is still increasing. One of your options here is to do the eight-shaped nature trail, which is 2.5 km long and passes through cattle grazing areas as well as forests.
Uutela recreational area, Uutelantie 1