Finland – Local experiences

FINLAND

 amarillo TAMMISAARI OLD TOWN
WEBSITE:http://www.visitraseborg.com/en/sights/culture-history/ekenasWebsite

Ekenäs Old Town with its wooden houses spreads out to the seashore. The street names tell the story of the life of the townspeople and how they got along hundreds of years ago. Here, the streets have stayed the same since the 16th century. Street names such as the Hatter’s Street (Hattmakaregatan), Linen Weaver’s Street (Linvävaregatan), Cloth Weaver’s Street (Handskmakaregatan), Smith’s Street (Smedsgatan) and Tanner’s Street (Garvaregatan) reveal that Barcken’s peninsula in Ekenäs once was populated by skilful craftsmen.

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 amarillo TYTYRI EXPERIENCE MINE
WEBSITE: https://www.tytyrielamyskaivos.fi/en/

The Tytyri Mine Museum takes you 100m underground into a real working mine. Explore the cool and humid mine shafts as you find out more about the history of mining through displays, drawings and photographs. Visit to 100 metre-wide and 100 metre-deep underground cave gives a good picture of the huge size of Tytyri limestone mine.

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 amarillo THREE BEVERAGE PRODUCERS – A TASTING TOUR IN FISKARS VILLAGE
WEBSITE: http://www.fiskarsvillage.fi/en/see_and_do/activities/three-producers-tasting-tour

Fiskars Village is an old ironworks village in the middle of Raasepori municipality. Today it is a

vibrant arts and handicraft village. A local guide will lead you into the history of Fiskars Village with interesting stories. Dinner packages upon request. The programme duration is 2-3 hours and it includes visits to three local small breweries and tasting of their products:

  • Ägräs Distillery,
  • Fiskars Brewery,
  • Kuura cider.

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 amarillo TRADITIONAL GAMES IN THE KETTUKALLIO FOREST FARM
WEBSITE: http://www.en.kettukallio.net/

Kettukallio – the Fox Rock in Finnish is a traditional forest place in Lohja municipality. The old wooden buildings, smoke sauna and the small pond makes the surroundings truly authentic.

The traditional games originated in old times and are funny leisure activities suitable for all.

The programme duration is 1.5 – 2 hours and includes games like:

  • running water wobbling tower
  • separate the wheat from the chaff.

Optional activities include smoke sauna, eating by the camp fire, trekking in the Finnish forest, etc.

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 amarillo WELLBEING FROM WILD HERBS IN PURNUS RIVER VALLEY
ADDRESS: Purnuksentie 49 c-e, 02570 Siuntio, Finland DISTANCE FROM HELSINKI: 50 km
WEBSITE: www.seaction.com/en/program-services/outdoor-activities/thaw

SE-Action is in old farming area in Purnus river valley in Siuntio. The picturesque surroundings

Offer a perfect experience in the Finnish rural scenery with the local friendly atmosphere. Herbal therapy is the oldest system of medicine in the world. Already being close to nature effects our health in a positive way.

The programme duration is 1.5 – 5 hours depending on arrangement and it includes:

  • A herb hike guided by a phytotherapist to learn about the most common medicinal herbs growing wild in Finnish nature and about their health impact.
  • Some easy exercises during the walk, aiming to create contact to nature and to sensitize ourselves into listening to our own body.

The herb hike can be combined with a relaxing herbal sauna or aninspiring herbal workshop.

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 amarillo LOHJANSAARI ISLAND – APPLES, FRUIT AND THE MYSTICAL OLD OAK TREE
DISTANCE FROM HELSINKI: 50 km
TRANSPORTATION: Car or bus
WEBSITE: https://www.visitsouthcoastfinland.fi/en/activities/lohja-archipelago/

Lohjansaari Island is in the middle of the largest freshwater lake in southern Finland, Lake Lohja. Due to its fertile soil and warm microclimate, the island hosts several arboreta. The island’s traditional landscape is recognised as being of national, regional and local importance. Its most recognisable feature is its extensive orchards where thousands of apple trees create a magnificent environment:

  • At Alitalo apple orchards visitors can see thousands of apple trees and enjoy handmade local products such as ciders, wine and juices.
  • Near to the apple orchards there is another fruit orchard, Fruticetum. Almost 300 varieties of apples, 45 varieties of pear, 60 varieties of plum, around 40 different varieties of sweet and sour cherries, and more than 20 varieties of crab apples have been planted in these gardens. Fruticetum also grows a good selection of currants and gooseberries, as well as bush blueberries, Japanese quince, sea buckthorn, sweet mountain ash, Saskatoon fruit, honeysuckle and grapes.

Just a few steps from the Alitalo apple orchards and Fruticetum you will find a mystical ancient oak tree in the middle of deep forest (circumference 668 cm, height 12 m). This oak is said to be the most beautiful tree in Finland. The oak is protected by a nature preservation act as a natural monument.

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 amarillo ARBORETUM MAGNOLIA
ADDRESS: Kokkolahdentie 60 08100 Lohja, Finland
DISTANCE FROM HELSINKI: 80 km
WEBSITE: www.arboretummagnolia.fi

Arboretum Magnolia is located on the shore of Lake Lohjanjärvi, 80 km from Helsinki. The arboretum includes, among others, trees from China, Korea, Japan and North America. There are also several rare species on display. Themed areas include the Japanese garden, the Perennial Garden, the Terrace Garden, the Valley Path, the Stream Path, the Magnolia Path, the Hydrangea Path, the Spring Path, the Rhododendron Path, and the Ornamental Grasses section, as well as the new additions of the Butterfly and Stumpery Gardens. The arboretum has a map and trees are labelled with QR codes to provide visitors with information.

Arboretum Magnolia offers both guided tours for groups as well as private visits for individual tourists. The Arboretum is open from 16 May until 13 October.

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 amarillo MARTINPIHA COUNTRY STATE
ADDRESS: Seppäläntie 130 (Lohjansaari), 08800 Lohja, Finland
DISTANCE FROM HELSINKI: 80 km
WEBSITE: www.martinpiha.fi

The history of Martinpiha, one of the oldest country estates on Lohja Island, can be traced back as far as the year 1571. The owners farmed here until 1973. Today they have developed a tourism attraction. Martinpiha is a place where guests can enjoy a romantic and tranquil atmosphere in beautiful natural surroundings. Visitors can spend their time participating in relaxing activities such as rowing on the lake, kayaking with a guide, cycling, taking saunas or enjoying the hot tub. In the summer there are shops selling handicrafts and souvenirs. A summer restaurant serves homemade food and delicacies.

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 amarillo FISKARS VILLAGE

DISTANCE FROM HELSINKI: 90 km
WEBSITE: www.fiskarsvillage.fi

Fiskars Village, the birthplace of the Fiskars company, has become an internationally renowned centre for Finnish design and art. Its history dates back to 1649 and today it offers visitors things to see and do all year round. The events and services at Fiskars Village focus on four main themes: design, handicraft and art, local food and drinks, the performing arts, and outdoors and nature. The village nestles among steep, woody slopes with lofty broadleaved trees and green groves. There is a 2 km Tree Species trail. The village is brimming with craft boutiques, exhibitions, interesting events and beautiful nature to enjoy. In addition, the village has two hotels, several venues available to hire for both corporate events and private occasions such as weddings, and a handful of restaurants and cafés that offer seasonal delicacies and local beverages.

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 amarillo BENGTSKÄR LIGHTHOUSE ON THE BALTIC SEA
DISTANCE: Helsinki – Hanko approx. 126 km
WEBSITE: whttps://tourism.hanko.fi/en/cruises/

Spend an unforgettable day at the seaside. Pay a visit to a lighthouse, see the seals of the Baltic Sea on a cruise to the outer archipelago, or take a look at the historical rock carvings at Pikes’s Gut.
The tallest lighthouse in the Nordic countries, Bengtskär rises a majestic 52 metres above sea level. If you want to experience the magnificent view, you’ll have to climb up 252 steps, but it is well worth the trouble! The lighthouse was built in 1906 and is situated about 25 kilometres south-west of the village of Hanko. On Bengtskär there is a lighthouse museum, a house turned into a museum of home life, an exhibition about the Battle of Bengtskär, a post office, a café and holiday accommodation.