Welcome to Porvoo
Finland’s second-oldest town is a popular day or weekend trip from Helsinki. Porvoo (Swedish: Borgå) officially became a town in 1380, but even before that it was an important trading post. Its historic centre includes oft-photographed riverside warehouses that once stored goods bound for destinations across Europe. Away from the river, the cobblestone streets are lined with charming wooden houses of every colour. Birthplace of national poet Johan Runeberg, the town is peppered with signs commemorating his whereabouts on various occasions.
Porvoo is home to a fantastic dining scene and a burgeoning arts movement. During the day these ancient streets are bustling with visitors, but spending a weeknight will mean you'll have the place more or less to yourself.