8 artisan villages in Finland you simply must visit

For a glimpse into Finland’s past and a taste of idyllic rural life, head to the country’s former ironworks and mills, where history, nature, local food and creativity are celebrated today.

In the 17th century there were more than 100 ironworks situated along the picturesque southwestern coast of Finland. While most of the historic factories and villages that sprung from them have disappeared, the few that remain have been beautifully preserved and are now home to thriving artisanal communities. Entrepreneurs, talented crafts people and outdoor enthusiasts alike have moved in, drawn to the peaceful countryside and the opportunity to embrace a sustainable, slow-paced lifestyle. Visitors will discover natural beauty, art and design, local handicrafts and food, and experience authentic Finland.


See our list of eight artisan villages that used to be former ironworks and mills. They are all worth a day or two’s visit!

Coast and Archipelago

Coastal Finland with its stunningly beautiful archipelago offers a variety of fascinating destinations that are easy to reach.

Coast and Archipelago