Fagervik, Finland 🏕️ Stunning Autumn Walk in a Private Village
Welcome, kind people and welcome to a 17th Century Village, Fagervik.
Today could not have been any better than this, a warm, colourful Autumn with lovely sunshine blessing our walk.
Situated in one of Finland’s national landscapes. Sitting beautifully by the lake, in the midst of lush vegetation and ancient trees.
Fagervik was founded in 1646 by a Swede, Carl Billsten and belonged to Finland’s oldest iron works, up until 1902.
In 1723 two Swedish brothers, Johan Wilhelm and Michael Hising bought the area. They revamped the area, skilled blacksmiths were brought over from Germany, blacksmiths in the time held high social status within the community but their work was hard. With them the German blacksmiths also introduced the potato into Finland, unknown at the time. Finland’s first potatoes were grown in Fagervik.
During this time, the wooden church was built in 1737, inside you can find the oldest working church-organ in Finland. Built in 1726, Stockholm.
Next generation, son Johan Hisinger brought wealth into Fagervik, in 1773 the great mansion was built along with a large landscape garden.
His son, Mikael Hisinger followed in father’s footsteps in 1790, during this time most of the red cottages came to existence along with many greenhouses holding exotic flowers and plants.
Many noble guests visited Fagervik, among them Gustavus III, King of Sweden and Alexander I, Emperor of Russia.
In 1844, a winter garden along with the Orangeria was built by Fridolf Hisinger, during his time he also foresaw the decline of the iron industry in Southern Finland as new technology made the large waterfalls in Central Finland more effective than Fagervik’s small power supply.
His son Eduard Hisinger closed down the iron works in 1903 and agriculture became the major source of income.
Today, Fagervik Estate is a modern production unit within forestry and agriculture.
The present owners are Eduard’s great-great-grandchildren and descendants in 9th generation of the same family.
Most of the area is accessible for visiting and admiring the beautiful scenery. As it’s privately owned, please respect the area and stick to the walking trail.
Thank you for wanting to learn more about Fagervik. Have a great walk and rest of your day!
To prevent ear damage, certain loud area’s such as the waterfalls have been adjusted.