A day full of Finnish glass design

A day full of Finnish glass design

A day full of Finnish glass design


The rise and revolution of Finnish glass design started in 1940 with several still remarkable companies such as Riihimäen Lasi, Nuutajärven Lasi and Iittala which still are glass producers this day. Most notable and famous designers include Tapio Wirkkala, Alvar Aalto, Kaj Frank, Timo Sarpaneva, Kerttu Nurminen and Nanny Still whom all have had a remarkable career with glassware design. During this tour you will learn about the history of glass from the early days till this day and see how glassware is being made in front of your eyes in Iittala Glass Factory.


In Japanese


9:00 am Departure from Kiasma

10:00 am Finnish Glass Museum
Guided tour in the FinnIsh Glass Museum, which is a National specialty of glass industry. Along the beautiful permanent exhibition goes changing international and Finnish special exhibitions and over 2000 glass pieces. Guided tour by foot next to the factory in the beautiful ”cabin quarters” – old glass workers neighbourhood which still to this day cherishes glass blowing culture in these preserved old houses.
Glass blowing performance in Lasismi and time for shopping in the Glass Studio Mafka & Alakoski.

13:00 pm Lunch at Lehmustie Juhlatalo
Enjoy the ”Glass Blowers” delicious three course menu in this old manor house owned by Riihimäki glass factory.

15:00 pm Visit at Iittala Glass Capital
In Iittala you can see and experience the birth of Finnish glass design classics up close in the country’s only still working glass factory and learn more about the history of Finnish glass design in the Design Museum Iittala. Before departure, own time is reserved for you to visit and shop in the area: Chocolate factory ”Kultasuklaa”, Ceramic shop Anubis, Iittala Outlet, Interior design shop Linnanrouva and famous Naive Art Gallery which every year holds popular exhibition with pieces from Finnish frontline artists, are all located at the Glass Capital.

18:00 pm Arrival back to Helsinki and Kiasma

Glass Blowers Menu

Homemade lingonberry -welcome drink served in sparklling wine glasses made by local artists


Glassworks gardener’s green salad and vegetables (L, G, V)
Glass designer’s smoked fish salad (L, G)
Glass Blowers pickled vegetables (L, G, V)
Assortment of bread, butter (L, V)

Main course

Madame Kolehmainen’s roasted vegetables – chantarelle casserole ( L, G, V)
Mr. Kolehmainen’s power food – Finnish Karelian stew (of pork and beef) made in wood-fired oven (L, G)

Potatoes from Loppi (L, G, V)
Lingonberry jam, picked from Finnish forests (L, G, V)
Traditional Gherkins (pickled cucumbers) (L, G, V)


Hyttikortteli- ladie’s vanilla pudding with berries from Finnish forests – served in selection of glassware from production of Riihimäki Glassworks (L, G)
Hot shop assistant’s sand cake ( Finnish -style pound cake) (L, G)
Finnish chocolate pralines “Fazer Blue” (G)
Coffee and Tea

Cold non-alcoholic drinks served with lunch: homemade berry juice and water.

L=lactose free, G=gluten free, V=vegetarian

This menu is dedicated to A.P. Kolehmainen, who was one of the founders of the Riihimäki Glassworks and who, with his family, was the first resident living in this historic house.


Price: 185€/person

Minimum is a group of 20. This price includes the bus transfers, tour guide services, guided tours in destinations, tickets to Finnish Glass Museum and Iittala Design Museum, coffee break in the morning, glass blowing performance and lunch.