8 craft villages in Finland that everyone should visit

Which Russian can fly to Finland

Finnish craft villages that everyone should visit

Do you want a glimpse into Finland's past and feel the idyllic countryside life? In ancient iron and paper mills, where history meets nature, guests can experience creativity, crafts and great local cuisine.

We present to you a list of eight craft villages, where iron foundries and paper factories were once located. Each of them is worthy of your attention!

The coast of Finland and its archipelago are thousands of kilometers of coastline and tens of thousands of islands. The nautical culture and island lifestyle are the most important distinguishing features of this picturesque region.

The village of Fiskars was recently recognized as the most interesting and growing cultural tourism destination in Finland. Located on the banks of the river, a charming village just an hour and a half from Helsinki is considered a pearl of Finland's cultural heritage. Founded in 1649 and made famous by the orange scissors of the brand of the same name, created in 1967, Fiskars Village is a must-see destination for art lovers, foodies and nature lovers in Finland. A walk along the nature trail along the Fiskarsinjoki River or simply through a quiet village will instantly bring relaxation and tranquility. The recently opened Trail Center offers bike rentals and the whole family can cycle along marked trails, forest paths and country roads.

The busiest time in Fiskars village is the summer months, but there are interesting activities and entertainment at any time of the year:

  • Slow Food Festival held the first week of October. This is one of the most significant culinary events in Finland.
  • Visit the Fiskarsin Panimo Brewery and sample a juniper or spruce rye beer. If you prefer gin, Ägräs Craft Distillery is the perfect place for a cocktail. Kuura Cider is a newcomer to this place and the first apple cider producer in Finland. A wide variety of drinks are made from 100% Finnish apples - from traditional cider to ice ciders and even sparkling cuvée.
  • If you are planning an overnight stay in Fiskars, the Wardshus Inn, founded in 1836, is a romantic place surrounded by picturesque surroundings. The Tegel Hotel is no less beautiful. The hotel, housed in a former cutlery factory, is specially equipped to accommodate people with disabilities and is pet-friendly!
  • Fiskars Village Art and Design Biennale and new museum Finnish ceramics will open in the summer of 2019.

From January 27, Russia lifts entry restrictions for Finnish citizens, and also resumes air traffic with the country. The Russians will also be able to visit this state, but so far not everyone will be allowed to travel to Finland.

Will Russians be able to travel freely to Finland from January?

The resumption of air communication with Russia does not mean the opening of borders, the authorities of the country note. “Borders [at the moment] are not opening to third countries such as Russia. Citizens of the Russian Federation will not be able to freely come to Finland, "Eriikka Koistinen, a spokesman for the Finnish Interior Ministry, told TASS.

Restrictions on entry into the country will remain at least until February 25, 2021.

When and who can travel to Finland?

According to the information posted on the website of the Embassy of Finland, holders of diplomatic and service passports, drivers of international cargo, family members of Finnish citizens and owners of real estate in the country can obtain a visa to the country at the moment (in case of urgent maintenance or maintenance of an apartment or house). Also, Russians who have serious personal and family circumstances can issue a document. For example, this is the birth of a child or a visit to a minor child (applies only to the mother or father), a serious illness of a loved one, a funeral of a loved one, or your own wedding.

In addition, entry into the country is possible for health and rescue personnel; elderly care professionals on duty; holders of a residence permit in Finland; persons traveling on humanitarian cases; media representatives, in some cases - cultural, sports and business figures. It is worth noting that in the event that the trip is a work trip, the employer must fill out a separate form and indicate the reasons why his employee's visit to Finland is critical and urgent. In this case, the decision to issue a permit to enter the country will be taken by a border guard officer.

For more information on the rules of travel to Finland during a pandemic, visit the website of the country's border service.

How can you visit Finland?

According to the operational headquarters for the prevention of the importation and spread of a new coronavirus infection in Russia, the planes will fly to Helsinki from Moscow and St. Petersburg twice a week. In accordance with the recommendation of the Finnish Institute of Health and Welfare, the airline may require a negative test result for COVID-19 or a certificate of previous infection. Also, testing will need to be passed at the airport of the country; while waiting for the test result, the traveler will be offered to undergo quarantine.

42 information boards with QR codes containing information on historical and cultural monuments are ready for the new tourist season in the Leningrad Region.

They will help travelers navigate the main tourist routes of Shlisselburg, Staraya and Novaya Ladoga, Priozersk and Vyborg.

As guides - Rurik, a medieval knight, archer, grenadier and recruit of the Preobrazhensky regiment, created using 3D technologies.

Access to media materials is very simple: by scanning the QR code in the mobile application, the tourist can get a link to the audio guide, as well as information about the object.

Excursion programs based on the augmented reality platform were developed by the Leningrad Region Committee for Tourism last year.

On December 16, 2020, in the format of videoconference, a meeting of the expert council on the implementation of the program for promoting tourist routes in the field of domestic and inbound tourism was held under the Federal Agency for Tourism.

The meeting was chaired by the head of the Department of State Tourism Projects and Tourism Safety Elena Lysenkova.

According to the results of an open vote of the members of the expert council, the interregional tourist route "Gosudarev's Road" received 28 points out of 30 and is included in the list of branded routes.

The route includes such objects of tourist interest of the Leningrad region as the only railway church in Russia in the name of the Holy First-Supreme Apostles Peter and Paul and a second-class railway station in Lyuban, the Stroganov-Golitsin estate "Maryino", house the royal nurse in Tosno, as well as the Gatchina and Priory palaces in Gatchina.

The interregional tourist project "Tsar's Road" is aimed at creating a single cultural and tourist space of the regions of Russia. The length of the route is more than 700 km, it passes through the territories of four regions: Moscow @welcomemosreg, Tver @welcome. ver, Novgorod @rus_novgorod and Leningrad.

The region's festivals have won the final of the National Event Tourism Award.

The gastronomic festival "Kaleidoscope of Taste", which took place on August 1 on the day of the Leningrad Region in Vsevolozhsk, received the Grand Prix in the nomination "Best Event in the Field of Gastronomic Tourism".

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