The city of Karkkila has been built around the 1820 established steel mill of Högfors. The old industrial area of Högfors is still the heart of Karkkila´s historical center and it´s main sight.  Karkkila is situated 60 km from Helsinki and is easy to take by bus or by car.

The rapids of Karkkila in river Karjaanjoki are one of the most exciting riverfishing districts in Soutern Finland. The rapids are especially suitable for fly fishing and light lure fishing.