What are the best souvenirs to buy in Finland?

What are the best souvenirs to buy in Finland?

Getting the coolest, prettiest and simply the best souvenirs for your loved ones or for yourself ain’t always an easy task. We’ve picked up a list of original items to bring home with you from Finland.

Finnish Design

Finland is a home for many well-known brands such as Iittala, Marimekko and Pentik. What might be surprising is that you can find these design products not only from specialized shops but also in local supermarkets. Here are some more details on these brands. 

Marimekko www.marimekko.com
If you love to have colors in your life, we highly recommend you to check out the selection of textile prints of Marimekko. You may find your next everyday life accessory in the vast range of creations: handbags, wallets, cosmetic bags, curtains and clothes which are all designed with bright colors and bold prints.

Pentik www.pentik.com
Pentik is the brand to go for if you are looking for something like table settings, textiles or decoration to bring the northern beauty back home. The company has shops around the country. If you are visiting the North, you may visit the Cultural Centre Pentik-mäki in Posio and its factory store, museum and exhibition area.

Iittala www.iittala.com
Iittala originally started as a glass factory, but over the years it has expanded its products range to a multitude of different, multi-functional items. Many world-known designers, such as Kaj Franck and Alvar Aalto, have contributed to the company’s success story by designing beautiful everyday objects. Today, these items are definitely among the best souvenirs to buy in Finland!

What are the best souvenirs to buy in Finland?

Do you need more ideas for the best souvenirs to buy in Finland?

If you wish to see more brands and designers in one go, then the Design District in Helsinki is the place to go for top-class Finnish design products.

This area is packed with design and antique shops, fashion stores, museums, art galleries and showrooms where you can find that special design present created by Finnish designers and other local trendsetters. Learn more about the Design Disctrict at http://designdistrict.fi/en/

Food Delicacies

What are the best souvenirs to buy in Finland?

Dried reindeer meat
In Finland, the reindeer meat is coming from small and local herders in Lapland. If you want to bring some home, then we would recommend you to get a piece of dried reindeer meat. If you are visiting Lapland, ask the locals where you could find some tasty dried meat and they will tell you!

Otherwise, you may always find the conditioned meat at the airports too. Once back home you can enjoy it as a snack or as an appetizer to share a taste of Lapland with your dearest friends.

Berry based products
Did you know that Finns eat an average of 8 kg of berries per person every year? Our most popular berries are the cloudberries, blueberries, lingonberries, cranberries, arctic raspberries, and sea buckthorns. Finns are often considering berry picking as their summertime activity, along with warming up their saunas, of course.

Berries are seen as superfood, as they are an important source for vitamins and minerals. In stores, you can find a lot of berry-based products such as jams, juices, syrups, liquors and teas.

Sweets
The Fazer factory has been making some of the best chocolate and sweets in Finland since 1891, so no wonder they are so popular among Finns. Every year, Fazer comes up with new chocolate taste combinations with berries, liquorice and much more. So it would be a pity to miss them! Their products are available in every supermarkets and they are truly one of the best souvenirs you could take home from Finland.

Our last tip!

Located near Helsinki, in the old town of Porvoo you can step back in time. You can easily spend a day just by wandering around the old town along the cobblestone streets, admiring the colorful wooden houses. The town has many boutiques from chocolate factories to interior design stores and jewelry makers. To visit Porvoo, you may conveniently take a ferry from Helsinki Market Square.

Read more about the Old Porvoo on our dedicated page

Have you found anything else which is not in our list? Add it on the comments below!

Written by Bruce Deschamps
French Travel Blogger & Wilderness Guide in love with the great outdoors. The Finnish Lapland is my favorite playground!