I guess after three years in Finland I can call myself an insider. Here's my tip for those looking for a day trip or weekend outside Helsinki, and it's not the usual Porvoo, Turku, Tampere or Hanko (in summer). Fiskars is lovely all year round.
A tiny village which has kept all its quaint charm and the people from Fiskars -many of whom are artists, pride themselves in keeping it as picturesque as it must have been 50 or 100 years ago. The village highlights can be seen in a few hours: most of it artisan shopping (yes, all Finnish Design) and two good restaurants (Kuparipaja and Wärdshus), and two nice cafés, one of which is a delicious chocolatier (Petris). In summer and the winter festive season more places open and there's more to do (http://www.fiskarsvillage.fi/en). But since this is the countryside, you can also go for a brisk walk and spot deer and birds, forage for berries or mushrooms when in season or for the more adventurous there’s mountain biking and canoeing, or skiing.
The first time we came to Fiskars, we fell in love with the place. It has a really good vibe and we are so lucky to have met Rob and Lea at Fiskars B&B who now welcome us several times a year. Perfectly located in the middle of the village there are two spacious and comfortable rooms (a second bathroom is in the making) and a really healthy and hearty breakfast. Fiskars is a peaceful place, where we go to regenerate, enjoy good food and ‘the friendly outdoors’.