Iittala Village
Iittala Village
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Iittala Village is the center of Finnish glass-making and home to the only operating Finnish glass factory. Besides, the chocolate-factory of Iittala-based Kultasuklaa, a smaller Finnish chocolatier, is located in the village. The premises also hold Finland’s biggest and most popular naïve art summer exhibition (“Naivistit Iittalassa”) with long traditions and paintings from front-line Finnish naïve artists. There are also many atmospheric artisan boutiques in the village.
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hheels2swimfins
Schaumburg, IL102 contributions
Friends
If it's in your budget, take the chance to blow your own glass vase. There are lots of nice shops with homemade Finnish crafts. These merchants are true artisans of their trade. Their is also a nice cafe to grab lunch.
Written 9 July 2019
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JariJK
Kouvola, Finland5,228 contributions
Family
Iittalan Lasimäki (also known as Iittala Glass Capital and Iittala Glass Center) is situated next to the naive art center named "Naivistit Iittalassa Foundation" (read separate Tripadvisor reviews), 24 kilometers to the north of the city center of Hämeenlinna, by road number 3 (E12) between Helsinki and Tampere.

Iittalan Lasimäki is a quite large area and it consists of Iittala Glass Factory, Iittala Glass Museum, Iittala Outlet, a cafeteria, several artisan boutiques and a small playground. The glass factory (address Tehtaantie 3) with a viewing balcony was closed in the summer, but all other sights (address Könnölänmäentie 2) were open.

I especially loved the two-storied glass museum. This world-famous glass factory manufactures classics of Finnish glass design, e.g. Aalto vases by Alvar Aalto and Kartio glasses by Kaj Frank. Tapio Wirkkala and Timo Sarpaneva have also worked in the factory. So it was very interesting to see many masterpieces in the museum. The museum also tells about tools and techniques of glassblowing.

The outlet sells many famous Finnish trademarks, e.g. Iittala, Fiskars, Arabia and Hackman. Other boutiques include a pottery house, a jewelry store, a chocolate factory and so on. I found many interesting and even unique quality products here.
Written 23 July 2018
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kirsihaa
Brussels, Belgium116 contributions
Family
Absolutely fabulous glass designs and porcelain. Worth to visit. Check before hand if the factory also open for viewing. In the area also many other handicraft shops and art exhibition. Surely something for everyone.
Written 22 July 2017
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Familyof4_2Boys2014
Calgary, Canada208 contributions
Family
FYI - the glass factory is closed until July 30th. The craft shops and chocolate making were an interesting and colourful stop. It was unfortunate that the glass factory is closed during the busy tourist season but still worth checking out.
Written 7 July 2017
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JaanaS682
Finland113 contributions
Solo
If you visit the Iittala museum & outlet & other shops in the area, walk a few meters up the hill, past the ceramics shop, into an old wooden school building, where during May-Aug is a gallery full of Finnish naivist paintings & ceramics. 8 euros to enter, but to me it was worth it, brought a smile to my face. They also have a small shop, so you can see the style before paying the fee.
Written 2 August 2016
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Tilly524
Denver, CO46 contributions
Family
I have loved the Iittala glass for a long time, and had to make this a destination when visiting Finland. At the factory, there is a viewing platform to watch the artists create the beautiful hand-blown glass they are famous for.
Written 6 March 2016
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sebhoff
Trier, Germany1,121 contributions
Couples
***This review is for the museum only - the other attractions (apart from the outlet) were closed.***
Nice little museum just behind the Iittala Outlet Store. Lots of wonderful glass pieces on the lower ground, some cutlery and an exhibition of tools needed for glass blowing upstairs. When paying the entrance fee (€4 for adults), you'll be given a 15% discount voucher for the outlet store (also valid for Nuutajärvi and Arabia outlets, non-discounted items only), so hold back with your purchases until after you've visited the museum. Only open on weekends during the low season (which means 'most of the year' in Finland...), which is a shame because you can either see the factory/glass-blowing or the museum - or visit twice, of course.
Written 20 September 2015
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Konsta O
Pori, Western Finland, Finland302 contributions
Family
Glass museum, see making glass, shops, restaurant, other museums, chocolate factory and honey factory in the very same area.
Written 14 August 2015
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lostintransportation
London, UK259 contributions
Couples
Take a two and a half train ride from the bustling metropolis that is Helsinki, deep into the rural heart of Finland and jump off at the village called Iittala (pop 2,389). From there its a short walk along some back country roads that takes you to the glassworks / museum / shop / restaurant (you might want to bring your smart phone as it is pretty easy to take the wrong turn and get rather lost).

The glassworks has a tour and its fascinating to watch the highly skilled craftsmen blow orange molten glass into different products for sale all over the world.

The museum focus's (obviously) on the development of Iittala glass and it is pretty interesting.

Obviously there has to be a factory outlet shop and it seems to be pretty similar to the factory outlet shop at Arabia in Helsinki.

Now the restaurant becomes pretty important as we found-out. Only a few trains stop at tiny Iittala station every day, and as it was pretty cold out we didn't feel like going for a long walk in the forest. Once you've seen and done the sites in Iittala, you are going to find that you've got 2 or 3 hours to kill. We'd recommend eating and drinking very-very slowly in the restaurant. The staff didn't seem to be too upset, so long as we kept buying the occasional coffee and cinnamon bun.

Recommended ? Absolutely, but bring a good book to read...
Written 11 July 2015
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