Porvoo is one of the oldest and most enchanting towns in Finland. Stroll along the postcard-perfect riverfront and get lost in the cobbled streets and alleys of the Old Town. Boutiques, cafes, galleries and handicraft shops occupy the colourful wooden shopfronts. Riverside festivals, fairs and markets give the town a lively atmosphere year-round.
Things to do in Porvoo
The picturesque Old Town graces postcards across Finland. Cobbled streets wind through the district, and around every corner, you’ll find cute cafes and shops. Stock up on everything from artisan chocolate and traditional Finnish sweets to jewellery, antiques and one-of-a-kind art.
The Porvoonjoki River flows through the town and is lined with rust-coloured waterfront warehouses. They were painted in the late 18th century to celebrate a royal visit from King Gustav III. Cross the historic bridge to the western bank of the river for the best views of the postcard-perfect warehouses.
Learn more about the town’s colourful narrative at the Porvoo History Museum. Small but engaging, it’s housed in the former town hall overlooking the square. Exhibits cover local history, culture, art, wildlife and more. Your ticket also includes entry to Holmes House, a beautifully restored 18th-century merchant’s home.
Discover lush marshes and sun-dappled forests just steps from the town centre. Follow the trail up Iso Linnamäki Castle Hill for spectacular views over the town and surrounding countryside. A beautiful hand-carved wooden bear statue marks the head of the Ekudden Nature Trail. You’ll soon be immersed in a wonderland of oaks, alders and maples.
Getting around Porvoo
Porvoo is pedestrian-friendly and easy to get around on foot, especially in the Old Town. Bikes are a fun and eco-friendly way to get around. Buses run between Helsinki and Porvoo in under one hour, or you can drive in 45 minutes. Steamboats run between Helsinki and Porvoo in 3.5 hours in the summer months.