Let's explore and get acquainted with a special era in Greater Helsinki Region: with the “Lease period of Porkkala”. After the end of the War the USSR imposed, among other demands, one condition: the areas West of Helsinki were to be emptied of all population and leased to the USSR for 50 years, for the purpose of establishing a Soviet naval base. Finland had no choice but to agree and evacuated over 7000 people, over 8000 animals, Food and Supplies in a few days’ time. Against the expectation the USSR returned it already in 1956, due to geopolitical developments and high upkeep cost.
The Tour starts and ends in Kauklahti, Espoo or according to group wishes. We travel in a bus comfortably through a beautiful landscape of the former Naval Base area. After almost 70 Years the lease time is still present but hidden in many historical layers throughout the Area. The Tour Guide unveils bunkers, trenches, sport stadiums, railway tracks, airfields and describes memories of local People. Concrete samples of the Naval Base reminding will be visited in Kirkkonummi, Siuntio and Degerby.
Tour includes visits to
Eliasvillan - a collection of soviet artefacts and photographs
Kehla Stallcafé - Coffee and Landlords Stories
Sjundby Manor House -area with military orders written in Cyrillic script on the walls of the dairy house.
Halvdels Artillery Bunker
Pikkala Triumphal Arch and General Sergei Kabanovs Artillery Road
Russian Cemetery in Kolsari
Transportation by bus
Guidance throughout the Tour
Coffee/Tea and local homemade cake (or similar)
Visits to many sights (mentioned on description)
The schedules and prices for public departures will be confirmed in April 2024.
Group reservations for 2024: B2B price per person: €89 (including 24% VAT) Minimum billing for 20 participants