Verla - Artisan village worth visiting
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Verla Groundwood and Board Mill introduce visitors to the history of board production.
Verla is an unparalleled historical factory village, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Finnish cultural treasure. The Verla Groundwood and Board Mill was opened as a museum in 1972, being the first factory museum in Finland.
In summer you can visit craft shops in the former stables next to the museum.
Alongside the Pikku Kippo ceramics shop, Vintage Frilla sells clothing from days gone by. Jaalan kädentaitajat sells handicrafts produced by local artisans, while Torkel Design sells wooden goods.
Restaurant Verla and the Viiniverla wine shop operate in the former warehouse.
See Visit Finland's list of eight artisan villages that used to be former ironworks and mills. They are all worth a visit of a day or two!
At Verla, guests can stay in former millworkers´houses, in the late 19th century environment. Accommodation is also available in the traditional log-driving hut, in newer wooden cottages or in the trees under the stars.
The Mill Museum’s opening hours
In the summer 2 May to 30 September: Tuesday to Sunday 11 am–4 pm; 24 June to 31 August every day 10 am–6 pm. Guided tours in Finnish begin on the hour, in other languages by appointment. The last guided tour begins at closing time. The museum is closed on Midsummer Eve, Midsummer Day and in winter.