Information of Hernesaaren ranta, Löyly and Cafe Birgitta
Hernesaari (Pea-Island) is one of the fastest growing areas in Helsinki. Formerly an Island, Hernesaari is now connected to the mainland after a massive landfill project that was completed in 2013. The area was mostly used by the large Cruising ships and a small dock and various maritime businesses, but since 2015 when the Hernesaaren ranta beach opened the area is slowly shifting towards being a leisure area for the inhabitants of Helsinki. In 2016 the huge and unique design sauna project Sauna Finlandia, or Hernesaaren löyly, opened. Renown actor Jasper Pääkkönen and MP Antero Vartia wanted to build something unique in Helsinki and the project budget exceeded 5 million euros. No expenses and no effort was spared. In Hernesaari you can also find the already legendary restaurant Cafe Birgitta, which only serves food grilled on real coal. There is also a popular beach next to the restaurant.
As Hernesaari grows, so does the infrastructure and the traffic connections. The area is now reachable by car, bus, tram or by feet. Due to its maritime nature the area is best experienced when combined with a Sea journey – now made possible by the new line by SeaHelsinki! On the route to Hernesaari from the Market Square (Kauppatori) you will experience views of the historic Suomenlinna and Särkkä fortress islands, Uunisaaret-islands (Oven-islands), the Kaivopuisto park, Klippan and Valkosaari islands with their beautiful Jugend villas and much more – as seen from the Sea!