Helsinki, Pukkisaari Biathlon

Pukkisaari Hiiden Hirven Hiihto
Pukkisaari Iron Age Biathlon Competition
Pukkisaari island, Helsinki

The Event

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 reconstrcuted 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 Winter, on the Sunday preceding Shrove Tuesday, the Pukkisaari Iron Age Market Place hosts the Hiiden Hirven Hiihto, a prehistory re-enactment skiing and arching event. It is an ancient biathlon competition where skiing is done with ancient skis and shooting with a primitive bow. A mixed team of four is required (i.e. at least one person being of different gender, as defined by clothing). Winner of the race and the best dressed team are both rewarded. The programme will start around noon with steel fighting, and, if the weather permits, medieval winter sports competitions will follow. When it gets dark, it's time for the Hiiden Hirven Hiihto pre-party.

The Programme

Please contact the Organizers for confirmation and further details

Info & Contact

Location: Läntinen Pukkisaari-island, next to Seurasaari - 00250 Helsinki

Official website:

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


Pukkisaari - Helsinki on Google Maps:



Exploring the Pukkisaari Iron Age trade on YouTube:






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