The Magic of Moomin World

For 75 years, the Moomins have charmed and enchanted us with their tales of adventure, and their love of food, fun and nature. Life in Mooomin world is idyllic, one lived inside a charming blue house amongst a community characterised by comradery and acceptance.

But this world doesn’t only exist on a television screen or inside the pages of one of Tove Jansson’s books. Moomin World is a real place located in the small town of Naantali, Finland. I know this because I recently visited Moomin World. And it was everything I thought it would be, and much more.

Getting to Moomin World

Moomin World is 180 kilometres from Helsinki, and 16 kilometres from Turku. You can drive from Helsinki to Moomin World’s car park in about two hours. The car park costs 10 € a day and includes a ticket for the Moominbus, which takes you to Moomin World in about ten minutes.

If you’re travelling by rail, you can get the train from Tampere or Helsinki to Turku Central Station. From there, it’s a short walk to Turku Market Square where you can catch buses 6 and 7 to Moomin World.

Alternatively, you can use the dedicated Moominbus, which leaves from Holiday Club Caribia in Turku and costs 5,80 € per ticket. Children under two years of age ride free.

A day ticket to Moomin World is 30 € per person. Children under two years get in for free.

My trip to Moomin World

Moomin World is on an island connected to the mainland by a long wooden bridge. It’s on this bridge where the magic begins, as it makes you feel you’re walking into another world.

As soon as I stepped foot on the bridge, it began to rain so hard that my shoes filled up with water. But this only added to the authenticity, as so many Moomin adventures take place on rainy days.

Thanks to the geographical location of Moomin World, visitors are treated to enchanting views of green seas, tall pine trees and long winding paths leading to Moomin House and other exhibits.

Moomin House

Just like in the illustrations and cartoons, the real Moomin House is a striking —almost American Queen Anne style building —that dominates the land.

Outside, the house is populated by several Moomin characters posing for pictures, singing and even talking to each other. They never break character in Moomin World, and even perform when they are not being watched by large groups of kids. Moomin Papa played cards with Snufkin in quiet times, while the Police Inspector gave Stinky suspicious looks.

When you step inside Moomin House, it’s easy to forget you’re in a fictitious world. The interior design is so detailed and thorough that it evokes memories of visiting historical houses on school trips.

The living room is decorated with antique furniture, utensils, clocks, and even a chandelier. The bedrooms have detailed personal fixtures such as mirrors, lamps, rugs and family photos, and the windows give an almost panoramic view of the sea.

The house is three stories high, and a winding staircase leads you up to Moomin Papa’s study furnished with model ships and — my favourite feature — a grand 1940’s manual typewriter.

Sniff's house and the Fire Station

Opposite to Moomin House, you’ll find Moomin Valley’s fire station filled with vintage equipment, uniforms and a large Moomin Valley Fire Department emblem. All these small details only deepen the feeling that you’re visiting a real place.

Next to the station is Sniff’s house, a tiny stone hut with a bright yellow door. It’s so small that you’ll have to peek inside a hole in the door to see inside. However, it has a surprisingly large interior decorated with a bed, a nightstand and a small shelf.

Hemulen's House and Little My's Pumpkin

Hemulen’s house contains natural plants, butterflies and study books that make you feel you’re in the living quarters of an iconic scientist. Little trinkets such as dreamcatchers hang on the wall as souvenirs from his travels, while cabinets lit with fluorescent lights contain jars of potions and herbs.

But the best feature is Hemulen’s bedroom (above), which is decorated with hand-painted flowers and glows a psychedelic blue.

Outside Hemulen’s House is Little My’s pumpkin, which has a small garden filled with real pumpkins.

Edward the Booble

Of course, not all Moomin characters live in houses. A few meters out into the Baltic Sea, you’ll see the friendly face of Edward the Booble in his watery living space. In the summer months, kids can swim over to him to say hello and enjoy time on a tiny beach.

The Fairy Tale Trail

Not all monsters in Moomin World are as friendly as Edward the Booble. After all, Tove Jansson expressed a lot of her family’s emotional issues and depression in her writing. So on the Fairy Tale Trail, you’ll see the Witch's hut filled with creepy toy spiders, snakes and dog-eared spellbooks. There’s even a cauldron outside containing brown water that kids seem to love.

If you’re feeling brave enough, you can go into the Groke’s cave, a dark world populated by tens of glowing Hattifatteners.

Snork's Workshop

Snork is a talented engineer who dreams up new inventions and cutting-edge machines. He’s the brightest Moomin in the Valley, and his workshop reflects that. It’s filled with gadgets, tools, flying machines, and a hand-painted model of the solar system. Outside, you’ll see one of his most famous inventions — a rocket ship made from oak and stainless steel.

As a Moomin fan, I loved my time in Moomin World. From the moment you set foot on the long timber bridge, you get a sense you’re walking into another land populated by real people. The natural landscape and excellently crafted buildings provide a beautiful, calming atmosphere that help you forget the outside world for hours.

Even if you’re not a Moomin fan, I’d still recommend visiting Moomin World. Its magic and beauty is guaranteed to lift your spirit and evoke the carefree feelings of childhood.

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