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Department summer trip, June 13th 2012
On a beautiful summer day, our department invited staff members to the idyllic located villages of Billnäs and Fiskars, which is about 80 km west of Helsinki, famous for their long tradition of iron works.
We started our trip from Billnäs with a guided tour through the ironworks area. Along a river lie the old, closed down factory buildings, several living houses, the oldest farming school of Finland, a hydroelectric power plant, and an art museum. Nowadays the factory buildings are owned by the Finnish millionaire Olli 'ant' Muurainen who wants to transform them into an outside old and inside new, modern congress centre.
Fiskars iron work, which is the oldest company still operating in Finland, is probably most famous for its orange scissors and knives. We also heard a nice story of Fiskars orange scissors during the half hour bus drive. Today, the village is home to many artists and designers, but also to traditional professionals such as glassblowers and blacksmiths, both of which we had the pleasure to see live in action.
In both villages we also had the possibility for some shopping in the stores offering local products, from arty decoration over designer clothes to the well known scissors and knives, as well as antic furniture and much more. Our culinary well-being was also taken care of, as we got, besides the lunch buffet, a taste of the famous sweet and delicious Ellen Svinhufvud almond cake.
All in all, it was a very nice and interesting excursion to a very interesting part of Finland. The sunny weather made the day complete. A big thank-you to the organizers for planing this trip.
Photo by Doris and Aaron
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