If you’ve ever used a pair of scissors, there’s a good chance they originated in Fiskars, a once-industrial village now home to a vibrant artist and artisan community, situated 100 km to the west of Helsinki. Go for a hike along the nature paths, stroll through design exhibitions, and take in the peaceful, design-friendly atmosphere.
In the summer, the best time to go is on the first Saturday of the month, because that’s when the Red Cross flea market is open in an old threshing house at the corner of Fiskarsintie and Malcolmintie.
The best way to get there: Amper bus
If you are traveling from Helsinki, Nopsa recommends taking Volter Amper’s bus to get to Fiskars. Amper isn’t one of those flashy, modern tourist buses―instead, it’s a bit of a retro trip, in a good way!
The bus leaving at 4:10 p.m. from Kamppi takes you directly to Fiskars. Taking the bus at any other time means that you’ll have to switch buses at Karjaa. Amper takes you back again on Monday morning.
If your schedule requires more flexibility, you can always take the train from Helsinki to Karjaa (the trip takes little under an hour) and then a taxi from Karjaa to Fiskars.
Take a trip back in time at the museum
The Fiskars Museum is a small, likeable museum, focusing on local cultural history. The regular exhibition shows the work, homes and life of the employees of the Fiskars ironworks from the end of the 18th century until the 1940s―although the works themselves date from 1649. Various thematic exhibitions are organised in the ancillary building next to the museum, Slaggbyggnaden.
If you are spending Christmas in Fiskars, don’t forget to visit the traditional Christmas exhibition!
Fiskars museum. Peltorivi 9, Fiskars. Open 1.5.-30.9. and 27.11.-13.1: 11-17 , sat-sun 11 a.m. – 16 p.m. Other times saturdays 11 a.m. – 16 p.m.
Take a walk around Lake Kivijärvi
Follow the trail around Lake Kivijärvi – it’s beautiful in all seasons.
Take a turn from Fiskars’s main road, Fiskarsintie, to Isonkiskontie. Climb up the hill and take a right turn along Isonkiskontie when the road splits into Isonkiskontie and Konkakummuntie. Soon you’ll see the lake through the trees on the left.
Right after the next crossroads there is a path on the left side of the road that takes you along the edge of the lake. After walking for one kilometre you’ll reach a ridge, on the right-hand side of which you can see the Flacksjö lake. Don’t be fooled by the forking paths – if you always take the left one, you can’t get lost! You’ll end up walking around the lake in a counterclockwise direction.
The path brings you to a small sandy beach where you can take a dip in the lake. From the beach you can walk along Melanderintie back to Isonkiskontie, right back to the centre of the village. Don’t forget the tree path that introduces you to the various tree species found in Fiskars!
Another good walk: Borgbyträsket
Another beautiful walk takes you along the shores of lake Borgbyträsket. You can find the beginning of the route by walking south along Fiskarsintie. Right after the Wärdshuset inn, take a turn to the left along Skuruntie.
You can turn around at the Isokartanontie crossoroads and walk back, or if you don’t want to return along the same route, you can walk by Turuntie to Fiskarsintie, and back to the centre of the village along the other side of the lake.