Sunday, December 17, 2017

Vårnäs "bunker"

The Lynx map about the remnants of Soviet occupation in Porkkala pointed to a bunker in Vårnäs, next to Kabanovintie. But, I think what's on the site is more likely remains of farm houses and wells/sewers.

Interesting place though, as is Porkkala in general. I also found 20-30 severed moose legs, this is probably someone's moose hunt butchering spot.

Photos and videos (c) 2017 by Jari Arkko. All rights reserved. Music by Apple iMovie.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Sepänkylä Parking Lot Bunker

Another guest blog entry from Jarmo:

Before visiting a very nice bunker in Fagerkulla with Jari, I went to a walk in a forest. The plan was to visit some interesting spots I had found from a map. I did not expect to see any bunkers but when I stepped out of the car I saw a bunker just a few meters from me.

The bunker seem to be of a smaller Soviet standard type with a gunhole at the top. Unfortunately the top hole was fully filled and no other entrance was visible. The bunker is next to Sepänkyläntie (N 60.157015 E 24.493450).

South of the bunker on the other side of Sepänkyläntie is a Soviet era stone quarry. And to the west of the quarry is another one just after a forest road.

Bunker and quarries are visible in aerial photos from 1956. (These photos can be accessed from; select first "Historialliset aineistot" and then "Ortoilmakuva 1956".)

Photos (c) 2017 by Jarmo Ruuth. All rights reserved.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Exploration in Ingels

Jarmo and I were scouting for bunkers or other interesting underground findings on Sunday. Besides finding the inaccessible Ingels bunker, we found no other bunker despite the promise from the Lynx information that there'd be a "ruins / bunker". There was only ruins!

Nevertheless, we had an interesting walk in the beautiful scenery of the Humaljärvi lake. And we found many other things, the ruins of a large villa and many other smaller ruins in a nearby hill. We also saw many Soviet-era trenches. And possible remains of quarrying, with too many rectangular pieces missing to make this a coincidence. Finally, we found a memorial of people died in 1918, probably due to the civil war. (Later note: Jarmo found this wikipedia page that explains the events.)

We also saw odd barbed wire setups in the forest, a lone round table crafted from stone, a dam and nice rocky hills.

Jarmo has been looking at 1956-era aerial pictures of Kirkkonummi and the Porkkala parenthesis area, to look for evidence of places that we don't know of yet. Some of the remains on the hill are still houses in 1956. I wonder what happened to the houses, were they in too bad condition, or was the land they were on never reclaimed by the original owners?

The aerial pictures can be accessed from; select first "Historialliset aineistot" and then "Ortoilmakuva 1956".

Here are the locations:

(See also the opening picture of this article)

Quite visible as a house in 1956 aerial picture:

Photos (c) 2017 by Jarmo Ruuth and Jari Arkko. All rights reserved.

Ingels Bunker

Jarmo and I visited the Ingels bunker. Unfortunately, it turned out that we could only find a concrete slab, and found no way to enter or peek inside, or even figure out if there was anything underneath.

At first it seemed like the concrete slab had a possible opening underneath, but it didn't lead further than 10-15 cm under the slab.

The bunker is next to the road, as seen below (coordinates: N 60.15290732 E 24.40634994):

We looked for openings, but they had been either filled or simply did not exist any more. This odd structure was nearby though, at the beginning of a ditch... couldn't see a pipe though, although it could of course have been somewhere deeper. Ditch/pipe structure, or part of bunker? Unknown.

Photos (c) 2017 by Jari Arkko and Jarmo Ruuth. All rights reserved.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

December Swim

I went for a sauna and swim in the Allas Seapool today. Late arrival, after 8pm... and they were already closing at 9pm.

And their sauna was broken, not heated hot enough. Oh well. I decided to go in anyway, and got a discount from the usual (rather steep) 12€ price.

What a wonderful visit though. The water in the pool was warm, while the wind was blazing and temperature was somewhere around 2-3 degrees... very nice, even if the few tens of meters walk to the pool was "interesting."

Another "interesting" situation was that apparently they had started a naked swim evenings for every Saturday, and I without knowing this I happened to be there on Saturday... not my thing and most other people also seemed to have bathing suits. But I'm glad people can swim naked if they want to.

Photos (c) 2017 by Jari Arkko. All rights reserved.

Abandoned Soviet Bunker in Fagerkulla

I had a tough week, basically trying to survive on 4-5 hours of sleep for every night, due to travel and meetings. I had talked about possibly exploring something with my friend Jarmo on Saturday. But by the time I woke up, it was already afternoon...

And Jarmo was hiking in some forest. We were able to arrange a meet up, however, so that he could continue with me to a bunker in the same direction that he was at.

The bunker in Fagerkulla didn't look like much. A concrete slab visible from the small road going by it.

One difference was the warning rope around the bunker, indicating a fall danger. That was possibly a good sign, if somebody can fall in, then perhaps we could climb in.

As we have explored bunkers around the Soviet occupied territory of Kirkkonummi, almost all of them have been of the standard small model. We had only run three times to the ZIF-25, larger two-story model that housed a 110mm gun. In one case the larger bunker was completely inaccessible with all entrances blocked. In two other cases they were so badly damaged that we either did not dare to enter beyond the entrance corridor, or too destroyed to understand their inner setup.

But we finally found an accessible ZIF-25 here in Fagerkulla! Blown up internally, but, reasonably easily accessed. We had to climb down to the entrance corridor from a small crack, and then walk down a pile of dirt to the lower level, and under hanging pieces of concrete to get the main room.

The ZIF-25 gun room is on the top floor, and underneath was likely storage space. The floor in between was gone, but now the big room was easily visited. On the entrance side of the bunker there was two floors as well, the entrance corridor, another corridor underneath, and two small rooms on top of each other. Here the walls were not entirely gone, so we could see the structure, and walk around a bit.

This blog is also available on TGR. Tämä blogi löytyy myös suomeksi Relaasta. Photos and videos (c) 2017 by Jarmo Ruuth and Jari Arkko. All rights reserved. The song "The Framework" by Jingle Punks, freely usable from YouTube audio library.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Näsbacken Bunker

This is a difficult bunker to get to. Not because being covered by dirt or blown up. But the whole area is guarded by, well, people who do not like other people to visit their part of the country. I have seen plenty of blocked roads, but the Sarvvik people have managed to block more than ten square kilometres of land.

Blocked from entrance by car, by gates and prohibited driving signs. You can still enter this area on foot or by bike, which is good.

In any case, I was looking for the bunker on Näsbacken, and it was easy to find. Standard bunker model, a gun mounted on top, an exit hole to the top (blocked by rocks), and a long walk-in entrance tunnel that was partially covered by dirt (still accessible though). Nice area, nice fields, nice bunker. Insides were mostly intact, except the main room that was half-filled with rocks.

Another day, another bunker!

Coordinates: N 60.129254 E 24.605485.

Photos and videos (c) 2017 by Jari Arkko. All rights reserved. Music by Jingle Punks, "The Framework", free for use from YouTube audio library (

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Faerly Hole in the Jenny Jump Forest

The "Shades of Death Road" address was odd, but the day and the nature was wonderful. I found the Faerly Hole cave easily on the shores of the Ghost Lake, and walked in. It wasn't before I had crawled through a small hole that I realised something the rock walls above me were covered in layers of spiders and crickets. Thick enough to form a dark mass. And that mass had now awakened and was dropping and jumping on me.


I had to get out. The hole that I crawled through was not tight, but not designed for hurried for the arachnophobics :-) Once outside I calmed and returned a bit to take a few photographs without disturbing the inhabitants.

Faerly Hole is a small (5-7 meters) cave opening on rock wall on the shores of a small lake in New Jersey's Jenny Jump Forest state park. A wonderful place, warm, dry cliff near the water. There have been remnants of Indian inhabitation on this site, so somebody has taken a note of this site even at historic times.

There's reportedly another cave nearby, the Fairly Low cave that's 50 meters long and only crawable. That sounded interesting, but despite walking in the forest and cliffs nearby, I did not manage to find the other cave.

By now I had run out of time. I was only here because I had a long layover in New York and had to drive back to the airport. The cave is only 90 minutes away from JFK, but obviously New York traffic can increase that time.

And I often end up having long waiting times in New York. This time the only reasonably priced flights that I was able to find for my Nevada trip consisted of two red eye flights, first to New York and in the evening to Helsinki.

The cave's coordinates are N 40.92399411 W 74.89484400.

For other articles about this place, see the Reddit thread, USA Today article, and the geocacher's discussion thread.

Photos and videos (c) 2017 by Jari Arkko. All rights reserved.