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Finnish design gems in the Helsinki region

Credits: Helsinki Marketing

Starting Point: Helsinki
2-3 days

Finnish design gems in the Helsinki region

Are you interested in Finnish design? This journey, which begins in Helsinki before heading to the Hämeenlinna and Iittala regions and Riihimäki, will guide you through the area’s must-see design spots. In Helsinki, you’ll learn about Finnish design and history. In Iittala and Riihimäki, you’ll dive into the area’s well-known design and manufacturing history, as well as its beautiful glass art.
Design Museum Arabia
Helsinki

Design Museum Arabia

The entire history of Finnish ceramic art and glass design is currently on display for the first time ever in a single curated collection. Themed "glass, ceramics, art and time," this collection includes works from design legends like Kaj Franck, Timo Sarpaneva, Rut Bryk and Tapio Wirkkala.

Travel tip

From Helsinki, continue your journey to Iittala via a commuter train. The ride takes just under two hours. You can check the timetables and buy tickets at vr.fi.

Travel tip

On your way back from Iittala to Helsinki, make a stop at Riihimäki. The commuter train ride takes about 30 minutes from Iittala. The Finnish Glass Museum in Riihimäki is worth a visit!

Places to eat in Helsinki

Helsinki is a must-visit destination for foodies and design enthusiasts alike. Here are some restaurants that offer great food and interesting design – from 20th-century Helsinki to modern Nordic.
Nolla dining room
Helsinki

Nolla

Places to stay in Helsinki

Quality, creativity and vision are core elements of design – and they can be found in many of Helsinki’s accommodations. Try St. George or Kämp for a luxury experience, Hotel Helka for stylish Finnish designs or the Folks Hotel for a hip, trendy atmosphere.

Iittala and Hämeenlinna highlights

There’s plenty to do in the historic Iittala and Hämeenlinna region. From touring a medieval castle to shopping the best of Scandinavian design, here are a few suggestions for what to do, where to stay, and where to grab a bite to eat.