Loviisa in a nutshell
Loviisa is a small seaside town located just over an hour from Helsinki that comes to life in summertime. Loviisa is known for its old wooden houses, which were spared from a great fire in 1855. One of the oldest wooden buildings in Finland, part of the Degerby Farm, can be found in the old town and dates back to the 17th century. Visitors can also admire the Svartholma Sea Fortress, the Strömfors Ironworks and the Laivasilta area, as well as the museums, splendid churches, manor houses, antiques, art and flea markets.
Top 3 attractions
- The old wooden houses open their doors and gardens to visitors during the annual “Historical Houses of Loviisa” event in August. The local gardening association also arranges a “Roses & Gardens” event, but of course visitors are free to walk around and admire the houses at any time of the year.
- The “Jill and Joy” books are beloved by Finnish children, and the films were shot in Loviisa between 2013 and 2016. You can pick up an illustrated “Jill and Joy” map from Tourist Information.
- The Malmgård Brewery has won lots of fans since the microbrewery began operations in 2009. There is a small boutique where you can buy low-alcohol beer to bring home with you.
Distance from Helsinki
87 kilometres, 1 hour 15 minutes.
How to get there
Buses from Helsinki to Loviisa depart a few times throughout the day and take around 1.5 hours.
Read more about Loviisa on the Visit Loviisa website.