Glasbruket has experienced many different periods during the course of time. This is another new beginning. 

When you stay at Glasbruket in Vexala, Nykarleby, you are visiting an area with a rich and interesting history. The ancestry of this region dates back to the 19th century and has gone through a lot of changes throughout history. It all started with a man named Johan Petter Ehnqvist who, in 1841, moves to the location that later will be called Glasbruket. Glasbruk means glassworks in Swedish.

Why a glasswork?

Ehnqvist had heard that glassworks had proven to be very successful, and the land, that in this time was called Mariedalen had all the necessary components that was needed for making glass. These ingredients were good sand, fuel and a working harbor. It didn’t take long before the building was underway and several houses were built. In the beginning of 1847 Ehnqvist sent a request to the senate to be allowed to establish a glass- and faiencework. In Oktober 1848 the work was in full swing in the glassworks, now called Sandnäs.


The main product that would keep the glassworks running was window glass. The multiple fires that plagued the Finnish cities required quite an amount of window glass. Another important product was glass flasks (, a formwork of which has been preserved and is displayed at the museum of Munsala). Nykarleby had a great demand for glass flasks in the 19th century because of the pharmacy and the two breweries located in town.


After the wars, the bigger cities were looking for a place where they could maintain some kind of activities dedicated to the young. The lack of food and other everyday commodities pressed the cities for contribution. The city secretary of Vasa came to Vexala to discuss a possible purchase of land for establishing a summercamp. There was a big demand for this kind of work in post-war Vasa. The establish was finished during 1951. The goal was to give children opportunity to spend a couple of weeks in a healthsome environment with an adequate food supply.

Later years

When the economy got better and the lack of food lessened, the need for a summercamp was diminished. In the summer of 2001 the last camp was held at Sandnäs, the house was left empty and in need of restoration. This however, was deemed too costly and in 2005 the land was sold to a company from Nykarleby.