Fiskars and Billnäs
Built in the 17th century near the coastal town of Raasepori, two former ironwork villages now offer summer travellers a delightful selection of quaint scenery, art, design, antiques and idyllic accommodation.
Only an hour’s drive from Helsinki, the retired ironworks town of Fiskars has, over the years, slowly come back to life. Communities of artisans, designers and artists now live and work here. For visitors, the area boasts charming museums, cafes, bed and breakfasts and even a hotel built in the 1800s.
The ironworks hosts an annual summer art exhibition that has quickly become one of the country’s most anticipated and a tradition for many art lovers, attracting nearly 100 artists each year.
The Billnäs ironworks, only a 10-minute drive from Fiskars, is also a worthwhile stop. Its annual summer antiques market is well known throughout Finland, and it bustles with experts who offer valuable shopping tips.
Coastal Areas & Archipelago
Coastal Finland with its stunningly beautiful archipelago offers a variety of fascinating destinations that are easy to reach. They all have their special characteristics and open up any number of various experiences for visitors.