World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill

World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill

World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill
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You can visit Verla Mill Museum 2 May – 30 September Tue-Sun 11:00-16:00 From midsummer until the August 15th open daily 10:00-18:00. (Closed in midsummer on Friday) Guided tours only: Tours in Finnish begin every hour on the hour. The last tour of the day is at 16:00 or 18:00. Tours in other languages (Swedish, English, German, Russian…) are available by arrangement. Admission Adults € 12 Concessions € 9 Children under 18 free entrance.
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  • kuu-kanko
    Helsinki, Finland750 contributions
    Well preserved, but the location is quite remote
    The mill is not very big. You have to take a guided tour to visit it. The tour lasted less than an hour, including a short movie shot during the last summer of operations before the mill was closed. The movie is old, but it's good, and really brought into life what I saw on the tour. The amount of people allowed on each tour is quite small. There were about 20 of us, and they already split us into two groups because there were so many of us (our group saw the movie after the tour, the other group started with the movie). They recommend prebooking on their website. Tours in other languages than Finnish need to be booked ahead, but when I visited, someone English-speaking just walked up to join the tour and the guide shared some of the information in English. The mill has been kept in the condition it was in when they closed and it is well maintained. I assume that as there are not that much visitors, the owner UPM-Kymmene puts a lot of their own money into maintaining the museum. It was interesting to see how rudimentary the process of cardboard manufacturing was back in the days. There are also other buildings in the area. You can get in some of them, but they are quick to scan through. There are also prehistoric rock paintings that can be seen from a small platform built next to the parking lot. I'd say Verla is still off the beaten path. The somewhat remote location must contribute to that. Sure, it can be reached by car, but a typical tourist probably doesn't end up in the area, so you have to drive there just for the purpose of visiting Verla. I went there by bus. There are a whopping 4 buses a week there and back from Kouvola (bus number 15 of Kouvola public transport): on Saturdays and Sundays there's a morning bus and an afternoon bus. On weekdays, there is no bus service. At least this summer the bus timetable was made so that the morning bus left about 1.5 hours at Verla and the afternoon bus about 2 hours (or if you take the morning bus there and the afternoon bus back, you would have the full day there, but I believe it would be too long). I took the morning bus, so I had time to take the tour and scan the rest of the area quickly. I had prebooked my tour at the mill to make sure that I could get on the only one that fits in the slot the buses allow. The bus departed from the railway station in Kouvola and went past the Veturi shopping mall, where some of the long-distance coaches stop. I left Helsinki on a train departing a bit after 8 AM and was back around 4 PM (I had lunch in Kouvola after getting back from Verla).
    Visited July 2021
    Written 31 July 2021
  • mWrite
    Helsinki, Finland1,367 contributions
    Unique World Heritage Site
    Verla is typical old factory in Finland, located next to a river, which provided power. It is located ca 30km from Kouvola, easiest to reach by own/rented car. There is public bus connection during the summer. Area contains several old original buildings, making it really worth a trip. It is unique World Heritage Site, only one presenting forest industry and paper making. There is mansion, power plant, factory and employee accommodation. Additional few shops and restaurant. You can learn a lot about paper production at the museum. Summary: As an unique place, worth detour or even own trip.
    Visited July 2020
    Written 22 July 2020
  • dgjohansson
    Ronneby, Sweden1,581 contributions
    Amazing and interesting
    LOved my visit to this place. Baeutiful buildings which are free to wander around on the outside, but the thing is the guided tour where you can enter the old factory and see how the boards was made. Very interesting and highly recommended. I went on a guided tour in finnsih, but the guide was kind enough to translate some parts to English and with the help of a self guide paper, it was internesting enough. I would have liked a full guided english tour, but those are needed to book ahead to be sure. All-in-all, go here! But do a guided tour!
    Visited June 2023
    Written 9 June 2023
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Marko M
Hollola, Finland275 contributions
Jul 2018
This factory museum is very well preserved like it was almost hundred years ago. One of the world heritage sites in Finland. I recommend to visit this site even it's located in rural area.
Written 5 December 2018
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CANDVD
Toronto, Canada92 contributions
Sep 2018 • Friends
I travel the world going to UNESCO sites, and that is the primary reason I went to the Board Mill. Once there, it became quite interesting to see and understand production in the late 1800s and early 1900s. It's very clear why this has received the designation - well preserved both pre electrification and post. We were lucky to go on the second last day of the year of operations, so the tour was free that day. We emailed a month in advance to book an English tour, and they were organized (ie expecting us) and it turned out we were the only ones, so we had our own private tour for free - what a deal. Our tour guide was very well educated in the mill's history - she was awesome. The tour is about an hour, and I would suggest 30 minutes to tour around the rest of the grounds. The trip from Helsinki up there is a great way to see the country and takes a little over 2 hours.
Written 21 October 2018
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Heljä M
Helsinki, Finland150 contributions
Jul 2018 • Couples
Werla is located in the middle of the most beautiful finnish countryside by the river. It is a museum formed in former mill which was closed around 1960. It looks exactly the same than that day, when workers dropped their gloves and left. I recommend a guided tour to find out more. There is a cafe that offers lunch but in high season it was already sold out and we could not eat there. We bought also local sparkling wine which was quite pricy though. Worth visiting!
Written 12 July 2018
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Heidi R
Southern Finland, Finland429 contributions
Jul 2018 • Couples
My friend has a summer cottage near Verla and we visit there every single year. Beautiful location, few cute shops, summer market place every Saturday and also possible to buy their own wines. And of course a factory tour. Small but worth to visit
Written 9 July 2018
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Vapira
39 contributions
Sep 2017 • Solo
Even though I've been there after hours, it is still was worth a visit. Very beautiful and rare villa, impressive factory and lovely riverside. Probably this place is even better when the galleries are open
Written 6 October 2017
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Minnamatkustaa
Lahti, Finland46 contributions
Sep 2017 • Business
Don't pass this lovely, heart warming and surprising place if you have a chance to visit Verla! It's very beutiful small factory area by a water side. The story of Verla is amazing, as they kept the factory running as long as their empoyees wanted to work there (the new owner, UPM had decited years ago that the small factory doesn't produce enough and they didn't invest to new machines, and the employees used the old measures (from the 19th century) to the end of the factory!). So visiting the factory museum is a leap straight to the old times, when men were made of steel.. There's also some nice shopping as handicrafts and wine, to do, as well as a nice little restaurant and cafe to sit down and enjoy the atmosphere!
Written 12 September 2017
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fr0mfinlandwithl0ve
Finland22 contributions
Aug 2017 • Couples
Verla Mill is a museum where you can take a guided tour in a factory that has been left in the condition it was over 50 years ago. Due to its small scale, it was not much modernized during its years of operation, thus the factory tools and methods used go further back, to late 19th century. While the tools are not in use any more, all remains on its original place. Far more authentic experience than the usual museum setup on showing old articles in well-lit rooms but out of context.

You can be a old machine enthusiast, interested in the history of working life, or just want to see how and possibly where was the cardboard made for that old book at your grannies place.
Written 8 August 2017
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Maari100
Helsinki, Finland3,025 contributions
Aug 2017 • Couples
This place has been a UNESCO World Heritage since 1996. This is a boardmill remained as it was in 1964 when it was closed. Our guide was Jussi who knew personally some of the workers. They had told stories to him. Nowadays it is a museum, where you can get in on guided tours. Verla is a village where workers lived. Still looking a very charming village on the Verlankoski rapids. In the summertime there are boutiques selling handicraft, local wineshop and restaurant. Pittoresque place to visit. Verla is located about 150 km from Helsinki and 30 km from Kouvola. I suppose Visit Kouvola will organize tours there, at least I saw a minibus several times.
Written 7 August 2017
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cfma2000
Melbourne, Australia139 contributions
Jul 2017 • Couples
Do a tour if you can. We were not overly interested in timber milling but booked on a guided tour and found ourselves completely fascinated. Our guide was passionate, informative and brought the site alive for us. The movie taken in the last days of the mill's operations added real experience. The site itself is beautiful even with construction happening.
Written 22 July 2017
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lissu99
Finland84 contributions
Jun 2017 • Family
It was a cold and windy summer day and there were not much to see. Paintings in the cliff were messy and difficult to see. Yes, it was very beautiful place, but was it worth of driving there?? I'm not sure. If you are already in the neighborhood, then of course you must visit this!
Written 13 July 2017
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WORLD HERITAGE SITE - VERLA GROUNDWOOD AND BOARD MILL: All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (with Photos)