Idyllic villages with art, craft & local produce
In the morning pick-up your hire car in Helsinki and head west towards the village of Fiskars. Today you will visit a couple of old ironworks villages which, in a sense, started Finland’s industrial manufacturing. These ironworks produced cast iron and forged iron products and in their heyday there were 134 of them in Finland. The villages surrounding these ironworks were self-sufficient with their own schools, churches and hospitals.
Fiskars Ironworks was founded in 1649 and manufacturing here continued till the 1980’s. As the industry moved from Fiskars Village, its inhabitants followed and many of the buildings were left empty. Built on the banks of two sets of rapids along the Fiskars River, most of the buildings in the village date from the early nineteenth century, and were designed by some of the most notable Finnish architects of the time.
Continue your drive to Mathildedal, another historical ironworks village. Spend the night in this idyllic village with traditional red & white wooden houses and old factory buildings, all set in a park-like surrounding near the sea.
After check-in at your hotel, which is located in an old refurbished industrial building, you will enjoy a guided walk around the village with a local host followed by afternoon tea. Free time to relax and enjoy your dinner. Although the Midnight Sun only shines above the Arctic Circle, nights are white all over the country. Late at night, the sun briefly dips beyond the horizon before rising again. But it does not get dark and even here on the southern coast there is virtual daylight around the clock.
We have arranged you a canoe trip after dinner as we think you should not worry about sleep but make the most of the white nights. Your guide will pick you up from your hotel and walk you down to the pier. After safety and paddling instructions, it is time to head off on the calm waters of the Mathildedal Strait and to the Island of Isoholma. Enjoy the sound of silence and the magical light of the endless summer day while gliding through the water. You will have a snack on the island before paddling back to Mathildedal. Duration of the tour about 3 hours with a paddling distance of about 8 kms. You can have your own canoe or share with your partner.