Lake beaches may be a rarity in your country. These five simple steps help you enjoy them to the fullest!
#1 Where to find lake beaches in Finland?
Even the smallest village in Finland has a lake beach, most likely a couple. Just search a sign with a word “Uimaranta” (Swimming beach, in Finnish) or a sign with a swimmer’s picture and follow it to the shore.
The swimming beach sign in Finland looks like this:
#2 What can I expect to find on the beach?
Firstly, the beaches are maintained nicely. They have changing rooms and trash bins. In most cases, the beach has a marked children’s area with shallow water and toilets of some sort. The biggest beaches have lifeguards for the busiest day hours.
If there is no toilet, but a need, Finns always advice to go behind the bush. Never in the water!
#3 Swimming culture in Finland
Finns are good swimmers and children are taught to swim from an early age. Thus, there is no need to panic if you see some 10-year old children on their own enjoying the sun and swimming. That is normal in Finland. The parents naturally accompany young kids.
If you come to an empty beach on a hot day, look first for a message board. All official beaches have one. There might be a note that blue-green algae have conquered the lake. In that case, swimming is not good for you health. It is quite rare in Finland, but just want to let you know.
#4 Sunbathing in Finland
When setting up a base camp, on most beaches you can decide if you want it on grass or sand. Ours today was in the middle.
Remember to put on sunscreen even though you think that Finland is such a northern place that you don’t need to. The sun is surprisingly strong.
#5 Eating by the lake beach
The biggest beaches have a kiosk which sells, at least, ice cream. Usually, Fiins take their snacks from home. In my childhood, we always had homemade black and red currant juice with Marie biscuits and Carneval cookies. By the way, those Carneval cookies have been a favorite of Finnish children since 1925!