Pukkisaari Iron Age Market
Pukkisaari island – Helsinki
Pukkisaari (Goat’s Island) is a small island located right beside the Seurasaari island with its famous open-air museum in Helsinki, the capital city of Finland, in the region of Uusimaa, in southern Finland, on the shore of the Gulf of Finland, an arm of the Baltic Sea.
Pukkisaari island is home to a reconstructed trading place and village from the latter Iron Age period. The project started in year 1998 with the aim to explore the life and the cultural landscape more than one thousand years ago, to relive almost extinct age-old traditions and to practice experimental archaeology. The Pukkisaari Iron-Age Trading Place buildings can be visited on the last weekends of every month. Other opening times and tours are available on request. To find out more about the open-air museum please visit our dedicated page, click here.
Every year in late Summer, on the first full weekend of September, the Pukkisaari Iron Age Market Place is home to the Iron Age Market, a two-day event open to public on Saturday 10-18 and Sunday 10-16 and featuring prehistoric and Viking Age style handicrafts. The programme includes also a warrior contest, fighting and handicraft demonstrations and workshops, music, guided tours, Iron Age fashion shows, and much more. For re-enactors and artisans, on-site accommodation in tents and a free daily meal will be provided.
Please contact the Organizers for confirmation and further details.
Info & Contact
Location: Läntinen Pukkisaari-island, next to Seurasaari - 00250 Helsinki
Sommelo Ry Association
Address: Vihdintie 15 B 13, 00320 Helsinki, Finland
Tel.: +358 (0)40 823 8026
Helsinki City Council and Tourism portal
Address: Pohjoisesplandi 11-13, P.O. Box 1, 00099 Helsinki
Tel: +358 09 310 1691
E-mail: see contact form online
Image: a view of the Iron Age market, by Eva Grelsdotter (http://evagrelsdotter.blogspot.com)
Text: Sommelo Ry Association, Wikipedia, Helsinki City Council
Pukkisaari - Helsinki on Google Maps:
Exploring the Pukkisaari Iron Age trade on YouTube:
Please find here an interesting gallery from the 2009 edition