The Baltic Herring Market is a one-week-event at the market square of Helsinki in the early October. At this time, fishermen from outside Helsinki sell their products before the fishing season for herring is over.
Every year in the first week of October, fishermen from the southern coast of Finland gather together at the Kauppatori, the central market square at one of the port areas of Helsinki. You can also see a lot of flags from Aland, which is the semi-independent “Swedish” island in the southwest of Finland. All of them sell hundreds of variants of marinated herring and also tasty smoked fish. Finland and especially Helsinki without fish is like Kermit without Miss Piggy. The high prices are worth trying some of the offers.
Many huts line on the Kauppatori. But some fishermen also sell their products directly from their boats. This was a very nice scene to take photos of. It is very funny to watch the seagulls and their attempts to get one or more pieces of fish.
I visited the market on a weekday and it was already filled up with people. So, avoid coming on a weekend when you probably are not able to move forward.