The rural idyll
With about 5500 inhabitants, Ingå is an active, bilingual community in Western Uusimaa. It’s approximately 60 km west of Helsinki and roughly the same distance east of Hanko. Ingå is a coastal municipality with a vast and beautiful archipelago making it a perfect place for boating and outdoor leisure activities. Traditionally an agricultural region, today’s agriculture has also been joined by newer industries such as agricultural-tourism, bringing new life and activity to old farms. Ingå is a great place to be free of the big city’s hustle and bustle and enjoy the peacefulness of the country, whilst still being close enough to Helsinki for when you need it.
Archipelago tourism in Ingå
In the summer we highly recommend taking an island tour by taxi-boat or your own boat. Summertime Barösund is active with a summer market, restaurant, coffee shops, holiday cottages and island tours. Many of Ingå’s residents only live there during the summer months, tripling Ingå’s summertime population! Perhaps you also dream of buying or renting a cottage in the beautiful archipelago? Ingå is the place!
When you come to Ingå be sure to visit the marina in the centre of the village. All the village sights and services are within easy walking distance: cosy cafés, restaurants, art galleries, gift stalls, and clothes shops, plus things like the grocery store, bank, pharmacy, hair salon and other health and beauty services. The information office is on the ground floor of Ingå’s new self-service library, just a stone’s throw from the harbour. If you plan to go fishing, you can buy a permit there.
Everything from the Middle Ages to the present
Compared with many other places in Finland, Ingå has a long history, with its 675th anniversary celebrated just a few years ago. The long past is evident in buildings like the medieval grey stone church. Ingå church features beautiful wall paintings, the most famous being the Dance of Death, where the dead are dancing with people from the different social classes. Other places describing the area’s history include a military equipment museum and Degerby Igor museum describing the history of Porkkala. Gammelgården local history museum shows how people lived in olden times. Children are often particularly fascinated by small size and simplicity of the old homes.
Events, sports and well-being
There are popular events organised in Ingå throughout the year. Ingå Day attracts people from far and wide to enjoy the buzzing market and performers. The Autumn Harvest Festival in the square by the marina offers great local food. The Christmas Market is held in the homely atmosphere of the Gammelgården’s homestead museum. There are also plenty of individual events like markets, The Night of Ancient Bonfires, sports competitions, dog trials and beer festivals. See Ingå website's events calendar for more information about upcoming events.
The old King’s Road goes through Ingå. If you’re looking for an active holiday, cycling the winding route of the old King’s Road is a great way to enjoy the picturesque countryside. The King’s Road goes past the 18th century Fagervik ironworks, with its unique ensemble of a mansion, park, privately owned church and red ochre cottages lining Bruksgatan (“Mill Street”). From the King’s Road you can journey south to Barösund, where you will be greeted by the fresh air and beautiful scenery of the archipelago.
In Ingå there’s plenty of opportunity to ride or paddle. During the summer take a dip in a lake or the sea. We’ve also lots of accommodation options, whether you want to camp, rent a cabin or cottage or even stay on a farm. The choice is yours!
With highway 51 passing through Ingå, Helsinki is less than an hour’s drive. Kamppi bus station in Helsinki has buses to Ingå village centre and commuter trains from Helsinki run to the railway station about five kilometres from the village.
Ingå is a large municipality. We recommend a car or bike if you want to visit farms, Fagervik ironworks or other places outside the village. Local taxi boats can be hired to ferry you around the archipelago.
More information about Ingå’s attractions, accommodation, restaurants, cafés, gift shops and other services for tourists can be found on the municipality’s website. Public transport information is available here.
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