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Porvoo & Pellinge: Perfect for a day trip outside of Helsinki.

So where exactly … are Porvoo and the small island of Pellinge, just a little outside of Helsinki in the south of Finland?

 

Well located, I’d say first of all. Well indeed if you, like me, have already seen Helsinki for yourself, have done perhaps a tasty food tour in the Finnish capital city, and are now looking for travel tips and ideas for a day trip outside of Helsinki. I do advice you, however, that both Porvoo and the nearby archipelago of Pellinge, merit more than just a day’s visit.

 

Porvoo, it’s like the “secret old town of Helsinki”. At only twenty thousand inhabitants, it reminds me of my own home tome Krems, however comes with an abundance of gourmet restaurants that definitely live up to what you may find in Helsinki.

Arriving in Porvoo, we are hosted on a so-called “SMAKU Restaurant Walking Tour” around the city’s charming little old town. Four restaurants make up this delicious foodie tour (see picture above), and each dish at each restaurant is accompanied by wine, beer or any non-alcoholic drink you like. Fantastic.

Im Restaurant "L'Amour" gibt es australischen Rotwein zur neapolitanisch-finnisch angehauchten Pizza ...

At “L’Amour” restaurant, our third stop during the food tour, we are served Australian wine with our Napolitan-Finnish pizza …

 

... oder hier, im Restaurant Ravintola Wanha Laamanni, einfach himmlisch zartes Lamm mit "Gemüsesorbets".

… whereas here, at Ravintola Wanha Laamanni Restaurant, we are spoiled to braised lamb with “veggie sorbets”.

 

Danke Brigitta Palmqvist für die Organisation und Begleitung der Food Tour durch Porvoo ...

Thank you so much, Brigitta Palmqvist, for organising and hosting this “SMAKU” Food Tour through Porvoo with us …

 

... an einem Tag, an dem uns der zauberhafte Frühling in Finnland wirklich Hold ist ...

… on a day totally bathed in the beautiful sunlight of spring in Finland …

 

... einzigartig auch in Porvoo: Diesen berühmten Kuchen hier gibt es im restlichen Finnland nur im Februar, hier aber das ganze Jahr, da dessen ursprüngliche Bäckerin aus der Stadt stammt!

… and do make sure you get a slice of the town’s most famous cake!

 

Für mich mindestens ebenso lohnenswert: Ein Käsekuchen, über und über mit Früchten beladen !!

And cheesecake. Oh, I’m getting hungry for this cake again !!

 

Schön, dass Ihr gemeinsam mit mir unterwegs seid ...

Thanks for joining me around here, dear Timo, dear Elli, dear Jennifer (from left to right, from both Finnland and Sweden) …

 

... and if you, too, ever find yourself in this beautiful part of the world: Don't miss lunch at

… and if you, too, ever make it to Porvoo, I suggest you have lunch at Vanhan Porvoon Glassiko …

 

... typisches Roggenbrot darf da natürlich auch nie fehlen.

… their meals are really tasty, too, and there will always be a good salad with typical rye bread to match.

 

So where to stay, if like us you do fall in love with Porvoo and wish to stay longer? Our Bed & Breakfast Ida Maria not only has charming rooms in a lovely cottage by the river, but starting in 2018 also rents a room on a boat!

Our hosts at Ida Maria are exactly how you’d picture the typical, warm-hearted person waiting for you when you arrive. Breakfast, too, is served with lots of care and attention to detail, as is the furnishing of the cosy (family) rooms and now even the bed on the boat: Would love to come back and stay there one day! Thinking back to our lovely spring evening spent by the river, followed by a sweat in the sauna (every Finnish home needs to have one), I think I made this promise to come back here one day, no matter what.

Ankommen, wohlfühlen ...

Springtime in Porvoo …

 

... die Zimmer der Frühstückspension Ida Maria in Porvoo machen's möglich.

… and our welcome at Ida Maria Bed & Breakfast.

 

Später, beim Durchschreiten der Altstadt von Porvoo ...

Lovely view over the old town of Porvoo …

 

... kommen wir am gegenüberliegenden Flussufer auch am Hausboot der Vermieterfamilie vorbei ...

… and here’s the boat they have now turned into a bed & breakfast place, too …

 

... eines Nachts mit dem Liebsten hierher zurückkehren? Aber sicher doch!

… coming back here one night with my loved one? Sure!

 

Der Blick auf die entzückenden alten Speicher der Kleinstadt Porvoo ...

From the other side of the river, you get a view across the old town of Porvoo famous for their many little boat houses now turned into cottages, homes, saunas, etc. …

 

... Porvoo, ich muss schon sagen, Du hast es mir mächtig angetan!

… Porvoo, you’re beautiful, especially now at the beginning of the “white nights” where the sun barely sets and the light remains until almost midnight.

 

Last but not least, a question for you: Have you ever heard of “Island Riddles”? It is a sort of “Forest Escape Room Game” on the island of Pellinge that you should definitely go check out.

Some 35 kilometres from the city of Porvoo, we drive through a typical, Scandinavian coastal forest, full of fir and birch trees only now pushing out the green leaves of spring. Here and there, there’s a glint of deep blue from the nearby sea, and finally, we swap the road for a section on a car ferry, taking us across the small island of Pellinge, where the travel season has just started now. Erika Englund, who is one of a few hundred people to live here all year round, has come up with a scouts’ game through the forest: Our group’s aim is to reach a lovely little picnic spot after solving so-called “Island Riddles”. I learn that the guide to the game is the Moomin book written by famous author Tove Jansson, who also lived here and inspired herself to write many more, now famous Scandinavian children books. Thank God they also sell them (in English, even German!) in the local island shop!

Heiteres Plaudern beim Kennenlernen im Shop von Erika ...

Getting to know local Erika …

 

... und eh' wir's uns versehen, sind wir auch schon mittendrin statt nur dabei ...

… who sends me and my group out and about on the “Island Riddles” forest game …

 

... in den "Island Riddles" Rätselrallye ...

… which has us tour the forest and experience the lovely area around Pellinge …

 

... die uns tief und tiefer in den Wald hineinführen, bis hinunter an die Küste der Insel mit dem offenen Meer ...

… deeper and deeper into the forest and near the coastline with the open sea …

 

... dieser Platz schließlich lohnt den Ausflug wirklich: Hier sind wir ganz für uns und können den Tag so richtig genießen. Danke für das tolle Picknick, liebe Erika & Team!

… only to find this cute little picnic spot as a reward for the day! What a great idea to spend some time in the Finnish nature.

 

Are you keen to learn even more about beautiful Finland? I have already posted some tips about my winter travels through Lapland, my meeting with Santa Claus, as well as the area of Lahti, north of Helsinki, which again is truly worth seeing.

 

All of my travel photos about this trip are here:

 

Disclaimer: We have been invited by #PINGFestival18 as well as Porvoo tourism board on this trip to explore Porvoo and surroundings. All opinions are my own.

Written by Elena

Elena writes about creative destinations, shares her personal travel stories and brings inspiring photography & interesting news updates home to you. Her mission is: "Continue to be amazed at this world, one creative travel experience at a time."

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