Hanko (Hangö in Swedish) is Finland's southernmost city. It is a major recreational marina with many or most sailboats and motorboats visiting Hanko on their way west towards the Archipelago Sea or eastwards to Helsinki. Hanko is a popular town to visit in summer and a lot of tourism ensures good services and a lot of restaurants in the marina. Hanko is also a major port for exports and imports year around.
One can get to the Hanko peninsula along highway 25. The town is reached in 1,5 hours from Helsinki so it is suitable for a day trip.
The sail boat harbour is operating in the summer and very popular.
By train or by bus
Easiest way around Hanko is on foot. Most sights and services are close to the city centre and the marina. Except during the Hangon Regatta, taxis are also easily available and parking space is easy to find for own car.
- The House of the four winds.
- Hanko casino.
- Hanko is best known as the site of the Hangon Regatta yacht race, held yearly in early July. The race draws a large number of spectators and the entire city takes on a festive, sometime rowdy carnival atmosphere.
- Bengtskär lighthouse, ☎ +358 2 4667-227. Skerry in the outer archipelago by the mouth of Gulf of Finland, with the tallest lighthouse in the Nordic countries. Tours from Hangö, with optional dinner, sauna, accommodation etcetera.
- Pizzeria Uno.
- Classic Pizza.
- Origo. Restaurant with a seafood buffet
As Hanko is situated on a peninsula the only alternatives to get out are back by train or car along highway 25 – unless you befriend a yacht crew and join them.