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The Summer in Hanko

The sunny town of Hanko is the right place for anybody looking for light and wellness. A summer paradise created for those who love sandy beaches and undiscovered spots.  With its charming atmosphere, colourful events, enticing restaurants and relaxing closeness to the sea, this historical spa town has given good reason to speak of the Hamptons of Finland, or the Finnish Riviera.


Tempting events for everyone

Hanko is known for its events. During the summer weeks there are crowds of tennis players, yachtsmen, friends of the theatre, bridge players, motorboat enthusiasts and sea kayakers in the streets, all depending on the week. Take a look in your calendar, choose an event that interests you and come to Hanko. You can choose to participate yourself or to just spend a relaxing day at the Baltic Market or Hanko Gardening Week.

Among the new events for 2017 you´ll find Taste Hanko, a food event 16-17.6.2017. Classical events like the Hanko Regatta 7-9.7 and SeaHorse Week 26.-30.7 are a well known part of the summer but also  Hanko Soul Jazz Weekend 11-13.8 and HangArt 18-20.7 have established themselves.  Hanko Days and the Night of the Bonfires  25–27.8 is a must for everyone.

Tip! Remember the wonderful autumn events Hanko Photo Festival in September, the Baltic Marathon and Hanko Film Festival in October-November.

Events in Hanko


Beachlife in Hanko

The sea sparkles from three points of the compass, and nearly all the roads lead to the sea. Hanko has 130 kilometres of shoreline, of which 30 kilometres consists of beaches with fine sand, and the rest of beautiful rocky coves. You can choose a beach in the town centre or further away amid nature. The people in Hanko choose a beach on the basis of the direction of the wind, as the temperature in the sea often depend on the wind. Fin your own favourite beach!

Choose your beach


Cruises from Hanko

Spend an unforgettable day on a cruise. Visit a lighthouse, see the seals living in the Baltic sea or be amazed by the rock carvings at The Pike´s Gut. Being the tallest lighthouse within the Nordic countries, Bengtskär rises a majestic 52 metres above sea level, there are numerous treasures of war history on Russarö, the fortress island outside Hanko and Gustavsvärn is the best kept part of a four-part larger whole of fortresses outside Hanko.

The new cruise for 2017 goes to Örö Fortress Island  on Sundays 25.6.-27.8.2017. Departure from the Eastern Harbour at 10, return at 18.30.

Cruises from Hanko


Exploring cosy little shops

In Hanko you can find a large number of cosy shops, offering locally produced products as well as well-known brands. These personal shops are situated along the pedestrian street in the town center and serve you all year round. In the summer a lot of seasonal shops open their doors all over the town.

The Eastern Harbour is Finland’s largest guest harbor and a pulsating meeting point in Hanko, where yachtsmen and landlubbers alike enjoy the crowds. In summer you are met by scents from the evening market, you can eat pancakes, choose fresh fish, shop in the small booths and enjoy an extensive selection of programs.

Tip! You can find diffenrent pop-up shops in Hanko; Happy Hub at Hanko Casino and Sasu´s Playhouse and Bypias nxt to the Market square.

Shopping in Hanko


Memorable culinary experiences

Hanko has an exceptionally versatile range of restaurants. It is easy to feel at home here in the restaurants with their personal atmosphere. All of them have their own unique history. You can choose between the ambient warehouse restaurants in the Eastern Harbour, the classic Yacht Club Pavilion, or a restaurant right by the sea. On top of the traditional Scandinavian dishes you will also find exciting, fresh Italian pasta, sushi and hamburgers made of locally produced meat. Depending on the season, you can also find interesting pop-up restaurants in Hanko.

New for the summer 2017 is Skiffer, and Hangon Portti  is serving cutomers with a new concept. Marine Café in the Eastern Harbour as well as Solsidan at Regatta Spa are new in Hanko.

Restaurants in Hanko

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Reopening of the Hanko Front Museum

The Hanko Front Museum is situated where the defence fortifications crossed the Hanko peninsula during the Second World War. The Front Museum, which was founded in 1987, will reopen again in June 2017, having been completely renovated.

The new permanent exhibition focuses on the situation at the Hanko front line, during the years 1939 – 1941, when Hanko was occupied by the Soviet Union. The exhibition shows the circumstances at the front line. Everyday life in both the Finnish and the Russian civil communities is presented. Women in particular played a very significant role in maintaining the structures of society. All citizens were affected by the war. The exhibition will also present the many volunteers from Sweden, Norway and Denmark, who participated in the retaking of Hanko to Finland in 1941.

The Front Museum is situated in authentic surroundings, exactly where the front line was back in 1941. In the terrain, you still find traces from the war, which are presented along the so called “War path”.

The Hanko Front Museum presents the war history of Finland, and the background to our independence.

Opening hours and tickets: www.frontmuseum.fi


Personal tips for your visit!

The charm in Hanko is always unique and individual. Some have lost their hearts and return year after year, or choose to stay for good. For others the visit to Hanko will be remembered as a good memory. Share your best moments in Hanko by using the hashtag #hullunahankoon and you participate in our Instagram photo competition.
Instagram competition

Inspirational stories and personal tips for your visit:
My Hanko

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