A favourite beauty spot of ours in the Helsinki / Espoo region is Luukki. Getting there without a car is relatively easy by taking bus no. 345 from outside the Central Railway Station, journey time being 45 minutes with buses running every hour. Shortly after passing a Shell petrol station you will see a blue sign and just after that is where you need to alight from the bus.
Leading down from the lawns lies a gorgeous sandy beach beside another lake and the water is crystal clear and shallow, just perfect for young children. Shoals of small fish are visible near the surface of the water and are fun to watch as you take a paddle in the lake. Close to the beach are some cold water showers and changing rooms but if you require more sophisticated facilities then these can be found just behind the Manor House where there is also a sauna.
Not far from the lake on a slight incline is a large communal barbecue under a shelter where you can grill your own tasty snacks then sit on the grassy banks or at one of the picnic tables to enjoy your meal.
If you are arriving by car it’s 23 km from Helsinki and there is a large car park, a campsite and a golf course – in fact it’s a perfect summer day out for when the sun is shining!
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