Side Trips from Helsinki: Places to Explore


  • Ainola

  • Fiskars Village

    This ironworks village is best-known as the place where the Fiskars company began producing its eponymous orange scissors in 1967. The company has since relocated production but still owns much of...

  • Gallen-Kallela Estate

  • Hvitträsk

  • Porvoo

    Porvoo is a living record of the past, with its old stone streets and painted wooden houses lining the riverbank. Artisan boutiques around the old Town Hall Square invite exploration. Take a...

  • Vantaa

    Though not remarkable, Vantaa—the municipality north of Helsinki proper and the home of the international airport—has a few notable attractions. A welcome surplus of open green space and...


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