Porvoo – A delightful destination
Porvoo is one of the most beautiful medieval towns in Finland that encourages sustainable tourism. Located to the east of Helsinki, this colourful town is extremely popular among travellers for a day trip. It’s gorgeous during every season and has an array of exciting experiences to offer to its guests.
How to Reach Porvoo?
Located at a distance of 52 km from Helsinki, Porvoo is easily accessible by bus, boat and taxi. The most convenient way is to travel by bus that departs from the Kamppi centre in Helsinki. It takes less than an hour to reach this beautiful town that’s perfect for a day outing.
If you are visiting during the summer, you can book a cruise from Helsinki to reach Porvoo in 3.5 hours.
Here is a list of places and experiences that should not be missed on your trip to Porvoo
Take a stroll in the old town
Porvoo’s old town takes pride in being one of the most gorgeous towns in Finland. It looks straight out of a fairy-tale with its red houses on the riverside and the cobblestone streets. Being a part of the national landscapes of Finland, this beautiful town also represents the city’s culture and history.
The town is adorned with architectures from the 18th and 19th century and also hosts several interesting events. Spend your day by taking a walk through the town, admiring its beauty and clicking great photographs. You can also witness fascinating views of this little town from the bridge over the Porvoonjoki river.
The old town is also a great destination for shopping and collecting unique souvenirs. There are amazing streets like Jokikatu where you can find amazing designs, antiques, crafts, décor and much more.
Visit the Porvoo Cathedral
One of the most important landmarks in Porvoo’s old town is the Cathedral built in the 15th century. Initially made of wood, some parts of the church even date its history to the 13th century. Even after being destroyed several times, the latest being due to a fire in 2006, the cathedral still stands tall.
Dedicated to Mother Mary, the church became a cathedral in 1723. It can accommodate 750 people and is still used for services by Finnish-speaking Parish. Besides the Porvoo Cathedral, there is a little church which was consecrated in the 18th century.
Visit the Great Castle Hill
Iso Linnamaki Fortress or the Great castle hill is a short walk from Porvoo’s old town to the north. It is the site where one of the most magnificent ancient fortresses of Finland once stood. This destination is so old that it even has a burial site dating back to the Iron age.
You can still spot dried up moats here with wooden bridges across them. Further, spectacular views of the river and the little medieval town from the hills is a sight to behold. Renowned Finnish painter Albert Edelfelt took inspiration from here for his famous work depicting “Porvoo seen from Linnamaki”.
Surrounded by pine trees, It’s the perfect place to escape the hustle-bustle of the city and enjoy a picnic.
Enjoy the Archipelago
While at Porvoo, it’s always a brilliant idea to take a boat tour and experience the splendid archipelago. The most popular islands are Äggskär and Pellinki that are admired by travellers for its incredible beauty. Surrounded by the blue sea, this island promises a phenomenal treat to all your senses.
From enjoying sandy beaches, fishing to indulging in Finnish style Sauna, a lot of unique experience awaits at the islands. You can even opt for special cruises that are arranged to take your experience to the next level. The cruises offer an unforgettable experience with delicious cuisines onboard and making you familiar with Porvoo’s history through commentary.
Be prepared to be fascinated by scenic views every minute during island-hopping.
Porvoo is a destination that is best explored on foot and it’s a paradise for hikers and nature lovers. This little town has splendid options for hikes that offer exceptional views of nature. Some popular trail among the hikers are Ekkuden nature trail, Gammelbacka nature trail, and Hasselholmenin nature trail.
Put on your hiking shoes and immerse yourself in nature as you walk along these trails surrounded by trees. Bird-watchers will have a spectacular experience here as numerous species of birds can be spotted here. Hiking is one of the most scintillating experiences in Porvoo that’s loved by locals and visitors alike.
Indulge in thrilling activities
Porvoo is a town that promises vivid experience and water activities are ranked among them. From kayaking, paddleboarding, canoeing, there is a lot of fun activities to try at Porvoo. Make the most of your visit to Porvoo by either renting a kayak or embark on a guided canoe trip.
Summers are the best time to visit to indulge in these interesting aquatic activities. However, you won’t be disappointed even if you visit in winter as Porvoo has something to offer during every season. The popular activities during winters are skiing, ice fishing and even walking on the ice.
Take a delectable break at the cafes and restaurants
Porvoo is home to plenty of amazing cafes and restaurants that offers a gastronomic delight. From restaurants serving traditional Finnish, Scandinavian to international delicacies, Porvoo has it all. Further, there are splendid cafes where you can stop by to take a coffee break as you explore the town.
One of the must-try local speciality of Porvoo is Runeberg’s cake. An interesting fact is that it is named after the national poet of Finland, J.L. Runeberg who loved theses cakes. Café Helmi in old Porvoo is a wonderful place to try this delicacy and many more such delectable treats. It is a favourite among the visitors also for its intricate interiors and charming vibe of the 18th century.
Savour delicious chocolates
If you are fond of chocolate, a visit to the Brunberg chocolate factory in Porvoo is a must. It has been in existence since 1871 and has a spectacular collection of exquisite chocolates to choose from. Enjoy their delicious treats and make sure to collect some for your loved ones back home. These chocolates are sure to make you come back to Porvoo for more.
Enjoy your visit to this picturesque town and fall in love with Finland more than ever.