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Karkkila (Swedish: Högfors) is a town in Uusimaa.


The town centre of Karkkila

Karkkila was a quiet rural village until 1820, when the Högfors Ironworks (Högforsin ruukki), one of the first in Finland, opened up to exploit nearby iron ore deposits. Housing for workers soon sprung up and so did a strong Communist movement, making the town reliably the "reddest" in Finland at election time.

Steel production is long gone, but Karkkila's economy to this day is dominated by machinery manufacturers. Visitors are more likely to be drawn in by the numerous lakes and the countless summer cottages by their shores.

Get in


Highway 2 leads to Karkkila from Helsinki (1 hr) and Pori (2 hrs).

Karkkila is no longer served by train, since the Karkkila railway ceased operations in 1967.

By bus

  • 1 Karkkila Bus Station (Karkkilan linja-autoasema), Huhdintie 10-12 B.

There are roughly hourly buses from Helsinki's Kamppi bus station (€9.80). For timetables, see Matkahuolto.

By taxi

  • Smartphone apps: Valopilkku, 02 Taksi

Get around

Map of Karkkila


Högfors Ironworks
  • 1 Högfors Ironworks (Högforsin ruukki), Bremerintie. A historical industrial area from the 19th century. There are several associated museums, but visiting hours outside the peak summer season are very limited.
  • 2 Karkkila Church (Karkkilan kirkko), Huhdintie 6. A wooden church from 1781, painted a striking red. Take a peek at the graveyard surrounding it on all four sides: many older graves are marked with solid iron crosses forged at the ironworks.


  • 1 Pyhäjärvi Beach (Pyhäjärven uimaranta), Pyhäjärvenraitti 1 (on the shores of Lake Pyhäjärvi).



Karkkila's market (tori), right next to the bus station, is open on Fridays. Get there early, since everything closes by 13:00.


Grilled perunamakkara (potato sausage), a local delicacy in Karkkila

Karkkila's claim to culinary fame is the potato sausage (perunamakkara), stuffed with pork and boiled potatoes, grilled and served with lingonberry jam. Pick some up from Lihamestari Vaske or the deli counter at S-Market.







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Go next

Routes through Karkkila
PoriForssa  NW  SE  VihtiHelsinki

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