Naivistit Iittalassa is an annual naivistic art exhibition held in Iittala during summer months... In an old school, as most of the art exhibitions in the Finnish countryside.
The art on the walls is hilarious and makes you smile. All works of art are on sale, so you can purchase a permanent source of joy to your walls. If you are visiting from abroad, remember that you cannot take the piece of art with you instantly -- but have to wait until the exhibition is over.
Iittala glass village has also a museum that focuses on the glassware produced by Iittala and their designers. The collection has a few gems from the earlier era.
The second floor has the glass making tools on display with explanations -- the various tools and methods used to mold glass are amazing, as well as the temperature of raw glass.
The entrance fee is only a couple of euros, so the museum fits to shoestring budget, too.
Keramiikkapaja Anubis is really, really weird craftshop. Their specialty is ceramics, and somehow they tend to make a sort of scary. Check the picture to get a picture.
If you are fan of such things, a goth maybe, you'll find a lot of stuff to purchase here. In the other case, there are still a lot of items that fit to the concept of "normal" ceramic item.
The store is located on hill in Iittala glass village, in a green hut.
Iittala glass village hosts, surprisingly enough, also a chocolate factory with a shop. Kultasuklaa ("Golden Chocolate") manufactures and sells several kinds of chocolate, including also some flavours, such as strawberry.
The manufacturing process can be seen from Monday to Friday through a glass wall in the shop.
Kultasuklaa has also an extensive collection of chocolate figures and they can print logos onto chocolate!
Iittala, one of the best known Finnish design house, has a factory in Iittala, a small town north from Hämeenlinna. And not just the factory, but a host of other services, such as a factory shop.
If you have not visited yet in any Finnish design factory store, consider to do it. You can find world famous glassworks in decent prices. The stores sell also normal tableware and kitchen utensils, so they serve dual purpose.
The shop in Iittala is a middle sized factory shop. They stock all major series in all available colours -- and some leftovers from series that are no longer made. The place is not dirt cheap, but you can make real finds with bargains or buying second quality stuff -- usually you can find a few items that do not seemingly have any mistakes.