Old ironwork villages
At the beginning of the industrial age and even before that, iron mining on Finland's coast played a certain role. Today, seven of the historical ironwork villages are still preserved from the time and open to visitors.
Fiskars & Billnäs: art and antiquities (2 & 3)
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.