One of Finland’s oldest traditions, the Helsinki Baltic Herring Market dates from 1743 and is still going strong today. The market opens with music and a ceremony on the first Sunday in October at the harbourfront Market Square in the heart of the capital.
It’s a culinary and cultural week that attracts around 30 fishermen, who come here to sell thousands of kilos of herring – fresh from the Baltic Sea. They do so either directly from their boats or from sales huts at the harbour.
More than simply being a market, this is a celebration of the sea and its treasures and a way to support the livelihood of fishermen. It’s a perfect Scandi-combo of delicious seafood and marine atmosphere.
During the week, you can try everything from traditional dishes to tasting sessions, quizzes, fish-handling skills and a rowing race for charity – all in an authentic maritime environment. Check the website for the programme of events that will be published in September.