Day 7.  Leppävaara and Glims Farmstead Museum, Espoo

Leppävaara is located in Espoo and is easily accessible by both bus and train from Helsinki.  Adjacent to the rail and bus station is a modern, attractive shopping centre called Sello which has a wide selection of shops and cafes.  As it was such a warm, sunny day we decided to take a stroll over to the Sports Park which is accessed through the rail tunnel.  Our route took us past a small shopping plaza and some modern apartment blocks before taking a left turn to enter the park.

Forest path in Leppävaara Park, Espoo
Outdoor 10 lane swimming pool at Leppävaara

Leppävaara has a large swimming complex including two outdoor pools.  One has water slides which were proving extremely popular on such a warm day whilst the other is for more serious swimmers and has ten lanes.  There is also a cafe and plenty space to sit and sunbathe.

Water slides in Leppävaara Park

Continuing, we noticed an Angry Birds children’s playground, football pitches and a fully equipped athletics stadium which seemed to be such a good resource to have locally.

Leppävaara Athletics Stadium, Espoo

Climbing a hill, we followed a path through the forest which led us to Treetop Adventure Huippu.

Walking the rope ladder at Treetop Adventure Park Huippu

We didn’t know this was here but it was fun to watch both adults and children moving from tree to tree using zip wires, balancing on nets, crossing swaying bridges and walking on tight ropes up to 60 feet high.  I’ve heard of similar activity centres in the U.K. but I hadn’t seen one before.

Having fun at Treetop Adventure Park Huippu

We then retraced our steps back to Leppävaara bus station from where we took a bus the short distance to Jorvi to visit Glims Farmstead Museum.  The museum is located just across the road from Espoo’s largest hospital where the bus terminates.

Booking Hall and Museum Shop at Glims Farmstead Museum

The Glims farmstead situated in the Karvasmäki village dates back to the 16th century.  The current eleven museum buildings date back to the 19th century and are still standing in their original places forming an authentic farm yard.  A tour was about to start when we arrived but as it was going to be in Finnish we decided to explore by ourselves which wasn’t a problem.  There were several varieties of sheep and some native breeds of hen within the farm and children were enjoying looking at them and petting.  One of the buildings was the former dairy which demonstrated how cows were milked by hand and there was a stone vat for keeping the milk cold, so very different from the high tech methods used in farming today.

Glims Farmstead, Jorvi, Espoo

In another building there was a display of old farm machinery, sleighs and carts with large wooden wheels whilst next door a demonstration of hand weaving was taking place.  I really enjoyed my visit, it’s especially nice on a warm summer’s day when you can enjoy being outdoors in the beautiful countryside.

Old farm machinery on display at Glims Farmstead Museum

Before leaving, we enjoyed drinks in the attractive small cafe and chatted with some other visitors who were also there for the first time.  It costs €4 to visit the museum but if you can arrange your visit for a Wednesday then there is no charge.  Walking back to the hospital we just timed it right as a bus was ready for us to board back to Helsinki.   If you would like more information on Glims Farmstead you can find it here.

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30 thoughts on “Day 7.  Leppävaara and Glims Farmstead Museum, Espoo

  1. The museum looks great – so reasonably priced too. Our son would love that treeptop adventure place, he is desperate to try this out, we have a couple near us but haven’t managed to do it yet. Looks like you had some gorgeous weather Marion.

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    1. Glims museum was really interesting Joy and It was fun to watch people making their way between trees in the Treetop (Go Ape style) place. My sons would probably enjoy it but it’s not for me, only to admire! The weather was a bit mixed this summer in Finland, not as good as usual, but we had some good days. M.

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  2. I too enjoy your information. I live in the America but have spent the last two months in Spain. My blog is usually stories and recipes that go along with it but lately I’ve been sharing my travels as well. Happy Tuesday!

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  3. Loved the sleds in the last picture. I wonder at what point in history people came up with that novel idea of having a beast of burden pull them around between villages in a sled. Quite different to the sled we used to pull behind a tractor on the farms my father bought and sold as a way of making money. He’d buy a run down property, fence it, put in crops, build a herd and sell. More money in that than trying to run a farm. lol

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    1. The sledges here are for Sunday drive to church, mainly or for travelling lightly to do some shopping or paying taxes, few times in winter. There was only few roads so in Finland usually churches and village centers were along the waterways, in summer you rowed to church and in winter you used horse drawn sledges. When the ice didn’t carry a man, and you couldn’t go with boat, you simply didn’t go there. Funerals, babtism etc. were left for later.
      The work sledges were quite different, They were shorter and the second sledge had was cross connected to first sledge rails. Thus it steered itself nicely behind the first sledge. Logs were transported on doble sledges and I remember as a small boy driving horse sledges with logs on. At every steep downhill I was afraid that the horse would stumble, because there was no means to stop the load. It was end of the 50’s and I was some 4-5 years old. I was also afraid of the wolves, but there weren’t any of those in the forrest then.

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  4. Good morning Marion.

    Now You presented place in which we have not visited. We love museums and this was interesting in my eyes. Thank You. Of course we know Leppävaara, but to us it a place just to pass by.

    Very enjoyable reading and wonderful photos.

    Happy Thuesday!

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