Porvoo is one the six medieval towns in Finland. It was established in 1346 along a river that served as an important transportation route. It is said that Vikings travelled down the river to reach the Baltic Sea after they had suffered a defeat inland.
In the early 1500s, Danish pirates destroyed Porvoo, and some decades later the Russians burned the town twice.
The history books of Porvoo from the 15th century to the 18th century tell us stories about how people hid their valuables before and during wars. In 1708, the Porvoo region was suddenly attacked by the Russian military and the whole town was taken by surprise. We can read from the old documents that civilians were in haste to hide their valuables in trunks that they then dug in the ground in the woods and fields. On our safaris, we will visit some of the sites of these stories.
More about city of Porvoo on visitporvoo.fi.