THE URBAN EXPLORER

Welcome to The Urban Explorer blog! The Planetskier blog has many urban exploration stories as well at the Blogspot, TGR, Freeride or Relaa websites. All urban exploration -related blog articles are shown below, however. You can also click on the map below to see where in the world they took place.

See also the articles about skiing, climbing, cycling, caving, flying, swimming, and saunas.

All urban exploration-related articles:

Fortifications in Laajalahti
I recently blogged about a possible new cave in Laajalahti. But I didn't go there to look for a cave, I wanted to see the fortifications from before World War I, built by the Russians. I found many, including many small bunkers that one can easily visit.
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December 2018, Laajalahden bunkkeri 1, Espoo, Finland; Laajalahden bunkkeri 2, Espoo, Finland; Laajalahden bunkkeri 3, Espoo, Finland; Laajalahden bunkkeri 4, Espoo, Finland; Laajalahden bunkkeri 5, Espoo, Finland; Laajalahden bunkkeri 6, Espoo, Finland
Urban-exploration (Bunkers); Caving (Man-made)

Kungsträdgården
Walked through the Kunsträdgården underground station again today. While the "greek findings" in the station are fake, they are nice!
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November 2018, Kungsträdgården subway station, Stockholm, Sweden
Urban-exploration (Tunnels)

The Leaking Tunnel of Pisa... Pispala
I've heard stories about the logging tunnel through Pispala, but today I finally got an opportunity to go see it myself.
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November 2018, Pispalan uittotunneli, Tampere, Finland; Pispalan ensimmäinen uittotunneli, Tampere, Finland
Urban-exploration (Tunnels); Caving (Man-made)

Brunkebergstunneln
This week I'm working in Stockholm, and did not manage to get my usual cheap hotel near the office. Staying at the city center, I noticed a tunnel that I had not seen before: Brunkebergstunneln. A nice walkway from 1880s, 231 meters long.
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November 2018, Brunkebergstunneln, Stockholm, Sweden
Urban-exploration (Tunnels); Caving (Man-made)

Underground Art Exhibition
I'm in Paris for a meeting, and on the way to the airport we visited the abandoned underground railroad line. What did we find? An art show and sculptures deep inside the tunnels! And also wonderful graffiti!
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November 2018, Old Charonne Station, Paris, France
Urban-exploration (Tunnels); Caving (Man-made)

Rådhuset metro station
What a wonderful metro station in Stockholm. Even if these are fake, they are nice...
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October 2018, Rådhuset metro station, Stockholm, Sweden
Urban-exploration (Tunnels)

Mustavuori photo tour
Today I went to Mustavuori to get a small hike and too see the tunnels and canyons.
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October 2018, Linnoitustunneli 1, Mustavuori, Helsinki, Finland; Linnoitustunneli 2, Mustavuori, Helsinki, Finland
Caving (Man-made); Urban-exploration (Bunkers, Tunnels)

The Inkoo Superbunker
There's a big contrast between warm summer evening in the countryside, and what you find a few meters under your feet: a massive, blown up Soviet-era bunker. Damp darkness, rebar that is difficult to crawl through. And we're here to practice photography!
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September 2018, Inkoon jättibunkkeri, Inkoo, Finland
Urban-exploration (Bunkers); Caving (Man-made)

Something in the darkness...
Saw something in the darkness on the walk back... is it a bouncy castle or a space station? Nah, turned to be just another data center. #Kista
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September 2018, Kista Space Station, Kista, Stockholm, Sweden
Urban-exploration (Industrial)

Vienna Flak Tower
Is it an aquarium or a construct of the evil nazi regime? Well, both...
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August 2018, Haus des Meeres, Esterhazypark, Vienna, Austria
Urban-exploration (Bunkers); Caving (Man-made)

Recycled Hamburg flak towers
During World War II, the Nazis built so called Flak Towers -- fortified air defence bunkers -- in three cities, Berlin, Vienna, and Hamburg. I had previously been in the Thumboldthain tower in Berlin. Now I was able to visit two similar bunkers in Hamburg.
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August 2018, Heiligengeistfeld Flaktürme, Heiligengeistfeld, Hamburg, Germany; Energy Bunker, Wilhelmsburg, Hamburg, Germany
Urban-exploration (Bunkers); Caving (Man-made)

The Secret Keyhole
What a find! A secret garden, but with a keyhole that reveals the most beautiful view onto it, with St. Peter's Basilica exactly in the centre of the view.
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August 2018, Priory of the Knights of Malta, Rome, Italy
History; Urban-exploration (Historic-sites)

Cestius Pyramid
I did not realise there was a pyramid in Rome. Not huge, but still impressive Cestius Pyramid! Modelled after Egyptian or other pyramids, perhaps
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August 2018, Cestius Pyramid, Rome, Italy
History; Urban-exploration (Historic-sites)

Napoli Catacombs
Catacombe di San Gennaro is one of the underground burial sites in Naples. Janne and visited this on a tour, and were surprised.
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July 2018, Catacombe di San Gennaro, Naples, Italy
History; Caving (Man-made); Urban-exploration (Catacombs)

Pihlajasaari Bunker
Helsinki's recreation islands are interesting, also from the point of view abandoned military structures and ruins. Today's excursion was to Sirpalesaari.
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June 2018, Pihlajasaaren öljysäiliön rauniot, Helsinki, Finland; Pihlajasaaren bunkkeri, Helsinki, Finland
Urban-exploration (Ruins, Bunkers); Caving (Man-made)

Stasi Bunker
While on my way to a conference, I wanted to do a small detour to visit a bunker that I had read about. A Stasi bunker.
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June 2018, Stasi bunker, Machern, Germany
Urban-exploration (Bunkers); Caving (Man-made)

What's This?
Mystery metal hut. I was looking for an entrance to a tunnel I saw in Rotebro, but was in the end unable to find a way in. I did, however, find an odd, round metal hut at the top of the cliffs.
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May 2018, Metal hut, Rotebro, Sweden
Urban-exploration (Buildings); Sauna (Normal)

Karby Batteri
More after-work bunker scouting. I thought I had already explored all the underground structures in the northern Korvlinjen, but apparently not. This "batteri" as they called it is a set of defence structures for guns, with small tunnels going from one structure to the next.
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May 2018, Karby batteri 1, Täby, Sweden; Karby batteri 2, Täby, Sweden; Karby batteri 3, Täby, Sweden
Urban-exploration (Bunkers); Caving (Man-made)

Deadly bunker trap
Well, that was dangerous. We're very careful when we visit blown-up bunkers. But, we did not expect intentional traps, at least not recent ones. Next to a bunker in Siuntio, Jarmo almost fell into a 5-meter deep well that was covered with fresh tree branches. Would he have hurt himself if he fell in, or even if not, would he have been able to get out if he was alone? Who does this sort of thing?!
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April 2018, Ansabunkkeri, Siuntio, Finland; Kallionreunan bunkkeri, Siuntio, Finland
Urban-exploration (Bunkers); Caving (Man-made); Hiking

More Sepänkylä Bunkers
Olli and I went to Sepänkylä to visit more bunkers, and to fly our drones. We found a standard Soviet Porkkala bunker model, relatively intact except for the room under the gun hole. But what wonderful flowstone!
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April 2018, Sepänkylän metsäbunkkeri, Sepänkylä, Kirkkonummi, Finland
Caving (Man-made); Urban-exploration (Bunkers)

Coulée verte René-Dumont
Jeff and I were taking a walk after our meeting in Paris, and happened to run into an "elevated linear park", the Coulée verte René-Dumont. Such a beautiful creation! Also with some old railway tunnels.
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April 2018, Coulée verte René-Dumont, Paris, France
Urban-exploration (Tunnels); Hiking

Tivoliberget Forts
I had a long day at my Kista office today, but on the way back to the airport I managed to scout ruins of fortifications and bunkers at Tivoliberget in Bergshamra, Solna, near Stockholm.
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April 2018, Bunker, Bergshamra, Solna, Sweden; Ruins, Bergshamra, Solna, Sweden; Fortifications, Bergshamra, Solna, Sweden
Caving (Man-made); Urban-exploration (Bunkers, Ruins)

Petite Ceinture
I'm feeling a bit alone here. The tunnel ends are too far to see even that pinhole of light. I'm in a long railway tunnel on the Petite Ceinture, the "little belt", an abandoned (I think) rail system under Paris.
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April 2018, Old Charonne Station, Paris, France
Urban-exploration (Tunnels); Caving (Man-made)

Juusjärvi Rock Paintings
Last year I bought a book on ancient rock paintings in Finland. There's a painting nearby that is very hard to reach, but with the recent low temperatures, Jarmo and I figure we could cross the lake to go see it.
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March 2018, Juusjärven kalliomaalaukset, Kirkkonummi, Finland
History; Hiking; Urban-exploration (Historic-sites)

Skiing in Romania
The winter is running out, and even the HR department though that I had too little vacation. So I decided to take some last-minute cheap flights to Romania to ski in my #57th country.
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March 2018, Sinaia, Romania
Skiing (Outdoor, Snow); Urban-exploration (Ruins)

Unmarked bunker in Stubböle found!
Another guest blog article from Jarmo: He found a previously unmarked and unmapped bunker from Stubböle area.
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March 2018, Stubbölen peltobunkkeri, Inkoo, Finland
Urban-exploration (Bunkers)

Search for an Island Bunker
Another guest blog entry from Jarmo: Perfect winter finally arrived and sea and lakes are frozen. Time to go skiing at the sea and at the same time check for some potential bunker locations at the islands.
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March 2018, Södra Svartö bunkkeri 1, Inkoo, Finland; Södra Svartö bunkkeri 2, Inkoo, Finland
Urban-exploration (Bunkers)

When you have to make a call
When you have to make a call... you will find the way.
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March 2018, Sinaia, Romania
Skiing (Outdoor, Snow); Urban-exploration (Ruins)

Stubböle Big Bunker
Another guest blog entry from Jarmo: When I visited Stubböle a few months ago with Jari and Olli we met some local people. They pointed us to a bunker that is not shown in any maps. At that time we did not have time to check it. When Eino wanted to join me on a Sunday adventure in a perfect sunny weather we decided to go and check this bunker.
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March 2018, Stubbölen iso bunkkeri, Inkoo, Finland
Urban-exploration (Bunkers)

LA Caving
Cave of Munits is a wonderful cave and a sacred site on Simi Hills in San Fernando Valley, half an hour from Los Angeles downtown.
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March 2018, Cave of Munits, Los Angeles, California, USA; Bronson Caves, Los Angeles, California, USA
Caving (Rock, Man-made); Urban-exploration (Tunnels, Quarries)

Will a bunker eventually turn into a cave?
I wonder what happens to human-made underground structures, when enough time passes by? Will they turn into caves. or cave-like environments, eventually?
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February 2018, Solbackan bunkkeri, Kirkkonummi, Finland
Urban-exploration (Bunkers); Caving (Man-made)

Cosy Bunker
For sale: cosy apartment with flower decorations, strongly built, safe and in the middle of nature. In good condition. Also largely underground and abandoned 100 years ago.
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January 2018, Lugnetfortet trenches, Arninge, Stockholm, Sweden; Lugnetfortet, Arninge, Stockholm, Sweden
Urban-exploration (Bunkers); Caving (Man-made)

Siuntio Östersolberg
I have done some Bunker hunting with kids during the last few weeks. In December I did a walk in the forest with Eino. First we visited a natural cairn that was in a list of prehistoric sites maintained by National Board of Antiquities (Museovirasto).
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January 2018, Dalkullan kivikasa, Kirkkonummi, Finland; Lödängen bunkkeri, Kirkkonummi, Finland; Knapantien mahdollinen bunkkeri, Östersolberg, Siuntio, Finland; Knapantien suljettu bunkkeri, Östersolberg, Siuntio, Finland; Knapantien ilmeisesti tuhottu bunkkeri, Östersolberg, Siuntio, Finland; Knapantien suuri bunkkeri, Östersolberg, Siuntio, Finland; Sarfvikin liittymän bunkkeri, Kirkkonummi, Finland
Urban-exploration (Bunkers, Memorial)

Östersolberg II
While I was travelling for work and fun for the last couple of weeks, Jarmo had scouted several bunker sites. His visit to an incredibly large bunker in Siuntio's Östersolberg provoked our interest as well, and last Saturday Janne, Olli, and me went there as well.
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January 2018, Knapantien suuri bunkkeri, Östersolberg, Siuntio, Finland
Urban-exploration (Bunkers); Caving (Man-made)

Stubböle's Kasabergen Bunkers
Jarmo, Olli and me explored the Stubböle area on Sunday, and played around with drones. This area is in Siuntio, on the Soviet occupation area of Porkkala, and they seem to have had bunkers on every little hill around the fields.
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January 2018, Säilön raunio, Stubböle, Inkoo, Finland; Pohjoinen bunkkeri, Kasabergen, Stubböle, Inkoo, Finland; Eteläinen bunkkeri, Kasabergen, Stubböle, Inkoo, Finland; Kellari, Sunnankärrsbergen, Stubböle, Inkoo, Finland
Urban-exploration (Bunkers); Caving (Man-made)

Gotthard Base Tunnel Museum
The Swiss Museum of Transport in Luzern had also nice displays about the building of the Gotthard Base Tunnel. And the tunnel boring machine's sharp end!
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January 2018, Swiss Museum of Transport, Luzern, Switzerland
History; Urban-exploration (Tunnels)

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.
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December 2017, Näsbacken bunker, Sarvvik, Kirkkonummi, Finland
Urban-exploration (Bunkers); Caving (Man-made)

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.
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December 2017, Bunkkeri, Ingels, Kirkkonummi, Finland
Urban-exploration (Bunkers); Caving (Man-made)

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!
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December 2017, Juoksuhauta 1, Ingels, Kirkkonummi, Finland; Juoksuhauta 2, Ingels, Kirkkonummi, Finland; Juoksuhauta 3, Ingels, Kirkkonummi, Finland; Huvilan rauniot, Ingels, Kirkkonummi, Finland; Kivipöytä, Ingels, Kirkkonummi, Finland; Juoksuhauta 4, Ingels, Kirkkonummi, Finland; Rantamökin rauniot, Ingels, Kirkkonummi, Finland; Kukkulan rauniot 1, Ingels, Kirkkonummi, Finland; Kukkulan rauniot 2, Ingels, Kirkkonummi, Finland; Kukkulan rauniot 3, Ingels, Kirkkonummi, Finland; Kukkulan juoksuhauta 1, Ingels, Kirkkonummi, Finland; Kukkulan juoksuhauta 2, Ingels, Kirkkonummi, Finland; Mahdollinen louhos, Ingels, Kirkkonummi, Finland; Sisällissodan muistomerkki, Ingels, Kirkkonummi, Finland
Urban-exploration (Ruins, Quarries, Trenches)

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...
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December 2017, Fagerkullan bunkkeri, Kirkkonummi, Finland
Urban-exploration (Bunkers); Caving (Man-made)

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.
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December 2017, Sepänkylantien parkkipaikan bunkkeri, Sepänkylä, Kirkkonummi, Finland
Urban-exploration (Bunkers); Caving (Man-made)

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.
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December 2017, Vårnäsin rauniot, Porkkala, Kirkkonummi, Finland
Urban-exploration (Ruins)

The Oak Road Bunker
Eve of the eve... not much time, heavy rain, slush on the road... but I wanted to get out and about. And visit another bunker.
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December 2017, Tammitien bunkkeri, Kirkkonummi, Finland
Urban-exploration (Bunkers); Caving (Man-made)

Sacred Cave
Sacred cave. Sacred place. Secret place. This place has suffered, but is still sacred for those who believe in it.
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November 2017, Sacred cave, Nevada, USA
Caving (Rock); Climbing (Mountain); Urban-exploration (Historic-sites)

Collapsable Cowshed
An abandoned cowshed? Or abandoned building to store abandoned cars? Not sure. But it is for sure about to collapse. The concrete looks very shaky. We were on top of the building before realising how sketchy this was.
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November 2017, Hylätty navetta, Kirkkonummi, Finland
Urban-exploration (Buildings)

Kalasberget II
Olli and I went again to the Kalasberget bunker, to take some video and drone footage. It continues to be an amazing-looking bunker in the middle of the forest. Olli took some great pictures, and we got decent drone footage, too. The drone took some hits though.
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November 2017, Bunkkeri 1, Kalasberget, Kirkkonummi, Finland
Urban-exploration (Bunkers, Buildings); Caving (Man-made)

Bunkers in Kirkkonummi City
Today's exercise was to visit the Jolkby and Lindal bunkers near Kirkkonummi center. The designation "Command Bunker" promised much, but unfortunately, we could not get in. Digging might help, but while the tunnel started promisingly, it ended in dirt and a big stone. But we were able to enter the one in Lindal!
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November 2017, Lindalin bunkkeri, Kirkkonummi, Finland; Komentobunkkeri, Joklby, Kirkkonummi, Finland; Leikkijuoksuhauta, Jolkby, Kirkkonummi, Finland; Jolkbyn potero 1, Kirkkonummi, Finland; Jolkbyn potero 2, Kirkkonummi, Finland
Urban-exploration (Bunkers, Trenches, Vehicles); Caving (Man-made)

Sundsberg Bunker
I've been resting my feet last couple of days, after some treatment by doctors. But today I felt the urge for at least a small visit, somewhere. Maybe an abandoned bunker from the Russian occupation times?
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October 2017, Sundsberg bunkkeri, Kirkkonummi, Finland
Urban-exploration (Bunkers); Caving (Man-made)

Mera Korv!
Mera korv, more sausage? Once again I'm in Kista, but wanted a quick outing in the evening after a long day. The answer was once again Uber to another bunker on the Korvlinjen.
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October 2017, Prästgårdsfortet, Täby, Sweden
Urban-exploration (Bunkers); Caving (Man-made)

Russian Bunkers in Masala
Is that a green mushroom, or is somebody trying to exit a forgotten and blown-up bunker? Jarmo and Eino joined today for a walk through Masala, in an effort to again find bunkers left from the Russian occupation of Kirkkonummi. We found three bunkers, one of which was very interesting. Even if dangerous.
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October 2017, Masalan bunkkeri 1, Kirkkonummi, Finland; Masalan varastorakennus, Kirkkonummi, Finland; Masalan bunkkeri 2, Kirkkonummi, Finland
Urban-exploration (Bunkers); Caving (Man-made); Hiking

Uber Exploration
... or was it urban exploration? Today's evening exercise was to find an abandoned bunker in Sweden. And when I got inside, there was shooting outside. Fortunately, it turned out to be a shooting range.
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October 2017, Skogbergafortet, Täby, Sweden
Urban-exploration (Bunkers); Caving (Man-made)

Sonnimäki and Kalasberget Bunkers
Another weekend, another set of bunkers. Today me, Jarmo, and Velma went to explore further bunkers in the Sonnimäki and Kalasberget area. We found two interesting bunkers.
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October 2017, Bunkkeri 2, Sonnimäki, Kirkkonummi, Finland; Bunkkeri 1, Kalasberget, Kirkkonummi, Finland; Bunkkeri 1, Sonnimäki, Kirkkonummi, Finland
Urban-exploration (Bunkers); Caving (Man-made)

Bunker on the Tulikukka Alley
I used the "Parenteesi Suunnistuskartalle" database from Lynx and coming home from work, stopped at bunker location in Sarvvik.
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October 2017, Tulikukkakujan bunkkeri, Sarvvik, Kirkkonummi, Finland
Urban-exploration (Bunkers); Caving (Man-made)

Degerby ZIF-25
Googling for more information about the Kirkkonummi bunkers, I found out more bunkers, obviously. But also a tidbit that there maybe 250-300 bunkers in the Kirkkonummi area.
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October 2017, Degerbyn bunkkeri, Inkoo, Finland
Urban-exploration (Bunkers); Caving (Man-made)

Gribbylundsfortet
The darkness falls early, before 4pm. Exit from the office then at 15:10, while having a conference call as you ride an Uber again; fortunately, the call ends by the time I am at the bunker.
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October 2017, Gribbylundsfortet, Täby, Sweden
Urban-exploration (Bunkers); Caving (Man-made)

2nd Majvik Bunker
And now, with batteries in my flashlight... I stopped at another bunker in Majvik on the way home from the office.
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October 2017, Majvikin bunkkeri 2, Kirkkonummi, Finland
Urban-exploration (Bunkers); Caving (Man-made)

Arningefortet
On the way back to the airport and home, I stopped at the yet another place on the Korvlinjen, this time in Arninge, a village in Täby. There was supposed to be two fortresses or bunkers here. I found one fortress, but could not get in, and did not find the other one.
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October 2017, Västra Arningefortet, Täby, Sweden; Östra Arningefortet, Täby, Sweden
Urban-exploration (Bunkers); Caving (Man-made)

The Sonnimäki Soviet Bunkers
Bunkers... where we were supposed to find a bunker was what seemed the remains of two regular houses, one with a basement. But a hundred meters away we found an almost intact Soviet bunker.
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October 2017, Rauniotalo, Sonnimäki, Kirkkonummi, Finland; Rauniotalo ja kellari, Sonnimäki, Kirkkonummi, Finland; Bunkkeri 1, Sonnimäki, Kirkkonummi, Finland
Urban-exploration (Bunkers, Ruins, Vehicles); Caving (Man-made)

Killinmäki Bunker
There's just a little bit of warning tape, but most of it is gone. And one danger sign in a tree, visible from one direction only. The bunker is gone though, or hiding underground, with no easy way to enter. Just some holes in the ground that one needs to be careful of not stepping into.
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October 2017, Killinmäen bunkkeri, Kirkkonummi, Finland
Urban-exploration (Bunkers); Caving (Man-made)

Majvik Bunker
It is getting dark very early in Finland, so today I stopped to see a possible bunker in Majvik on the way to the office. I found a bunker with clear entrances go inside, as well as a small roof cave on a cliff near the bunker.
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October 2017, Majvikin bunkkeri, Kirkkonummi, Finland; Majvikin pieni lippaluola, Kirkkonummi, Finland
Urban-exploration (Bunkers); Caving (Man-made, Rock)

Blasted Big Bunker
Guest writer article from Jarmo: There was snow and rain, kids did not want to join and I had a schedule mismatch with Jari so I decided to stay at home. But after a while I figured that it would be nice to do some Sunday walk in the forest anyway. From local orienteering club Lynx map I had checked a bunker with an interesting description, "blasted big bunker".
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October 2017, Kärinberget quarry, Kirkkonummi, Finland
Urban-exploration (Quarries)

Silo 468
One of the large, round oil silos in Helsinki's Laajasalo has been decommissioned, and turned into a light show. Nice!
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October 2017, Öljysäiliö 468, Helsinki, Finland
Urban-exploration (Silos, Industrial); Art

Jorvas Bunkers
How can one work somewhere for 25 years, and NEVER visit a lake just a few hundred meters away? I really don't know, but in my defence I went there today. And found trenches and flooded bunkers.
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October 2017, Jorvas bunkkeri 1, Kirkkonummi, Finland; Jorvas bunkkeritie, Kirkkonummi, Finland; Jorvas juoksuhauta, Kirkkonummi, Finland; Jorvas potero 1, Kirkkonummi, Finland; Jorvas potero 2, Kirkkonummi, Finland; Jorvas potero 3, Kirkkonummi, Finland; Jorvas potero 4, Kirkkonummi, Finland
Urban-exploration (Bunkers, Trenches); Caving (Man-made); Hiking

Elfvik Quarries
I've been sick, and with painful feet problems for a long time. I wanted to get out today, to test if I can move around. Or breathe outside air. I chose to visit the Elfvik Quarries in Espoo, near Villa Elfvik.
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September 2017, Elfvikin louhos 1, Espoo, Finland; Elfvikin louhos 2 ja 3, Espoo, Finland; Elfvikin louhos 4, Espoo, Finland; Elfvikin louhos 5, Espoo, Finland; Elfvikin louhos 6, Espoo, Finland; Elfvikin louhos 7, Espoo, Finland
Urban-exploration (Quarries)

The Stockmann Ruins
Today's newspaper had a story about the difficulties of the Stockmann department stories. Will they make it? However, in 1920 an even greater tragedy hit the Stockmann family and left the family house in ruins. The ruins are nearby in Kauniainen, so the day felt like a good day to visit them again.
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September 2017, Stockmannin rauniot, Kauniainen, Finland
Urban-exploration (Buildings, Ruins)

Dalsvik Limestone Quarry
Since my foot didn't like the walk I did few days ago, an obvious thing to do was to go try more quarries, and this time climb a fence. Without noticing that the fence would have ended if we had walked 10 meters further.
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September 2017, Laaksolahden kalkkikivilouhos, Espoo, Finland
Urban-exploration (Quarries)

Ruins of the Dalsvik Mansion Gazebo
Today we visited the ruins of a gazebo in Laaksolahti (Dalsvik). The gazebo, or pavilion belonged to the Dalsvik Mansion. If all this sounds funny, in Finnish place was called "Laaksolahden kartanon huvimaja".
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September 2017, Laaksolahden kartanon huvimajan rauniot, Espoo, Finland
Urban-exploration (Ruins)

Can't find the Österbacken Quarry
There's supposed to be an old quarry in Juvanmalmi. But I kept going up and down near the coordinates, but found nothing. Wrong coordinates? As the darkness came, I did manage however to put my painful foot to a hole in the ground, have it get twisted, and stuck.
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September 2017, Österbackenin päälouhos, Vantaa, Finland; Österbackenin mahdollinen historiallinen louhos, Vantaa, Finland
Urban-exploration (Quarries)

Österbacken II
In better daylight and with Jarmo's help we now found the quarry. I must have walked 20 meters from the quarry wall (a 10+ meter drop, btw) yesterday.
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September 2017, Österbackenin päälouhos, Vantaa, Finland; Juvanmalmin louhos, Espoo, Finland; Juvanmalmin tuhottu louhos, Espoo, Finland; Österbackenin mahdollinen historiallinen louhos, Vantaa, Finland
Urban-exploration (Quarries); Caving (Man-made)

The Mannerheim Bunker
A small announcement in the newspaper -- Mannerheim's bunker to open for visitors. Of course I had to go...
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August 2017, Tamminiemi, Helsinki, Finland
Caving (Man-made); Urban-exploration (Bunkers)

Kasaberget cave and abandoned concrete houses
I was searching for a place to visit this Sunday... with pretty much the only requirement being that a teenager would be interested in going. We ended up going to Kasaberget in Kirkkonummi.
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June 2017, Abandoned warehouses, Strömsby, Kirkkonummi, Finland; Kasabergetin luola, Strömsby, Kirkkonummi, Finland
Caving (Rock); Urban-exploration (Buildings, Ruins); History

Ruins of the Bemböle Watermill
Can you drive by something for 20 years, and not be aware of the wonders just few meters from the road? You can. I had not heard about the Bemböle watermill ruins.
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June 2017, Bembölen vanha mylly, Espoo, Finland
Urban-exploration (Ruins); Caving (Man-made)

Dead Cat Margarine
Dead cats were blended into margarine and fed to humans. We're going to a secret, abandoned tunnel to meet the ghosts of the cats. But it won't be easy to get there.
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April 2017, Undisclosed Finnish location, Finland
Urban-exploration (Tunnels); Caving (Man-made)

Abandoned railroad tunnel
Today's evening excursion was to an abandoned railroad tunnel. The tunnel is 600 meters long, and in the middle of everything, at a place I've been many times, but I had never heard about the tunnel before.
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April 2017, Undisclosed location, Helsinki, Finland
Urban-exploration (Tunnels); Caving (Man-made)

Hvitträsk Rock Paintings

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November 2016, Hvitträsk cliff, Kirkkonummi, Finland
History; Hiking; Urban-exploration (Historic-sites)

Monttukrouvi
This lazy Saturday's program for me and Janne was to visit some of the bunkers and moats around Helsinki's WWI defence structures. There are plenty of these structures, sadly all slowly rotting away. Historic sites, officially almost forgotten and certainly not cared for.
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September 2016, Pirkkola, Helsinki, Finland
Caving (Rock); Urban-exploration (Buildings)

OpenStreetMap
When skiing or hiking at a new place, suitable maps are essential. These maps can be hard to come by, however, and most GPS maps do not contain information about walking paths, ski slopes or lifts. OpenStreetMap, however, has a lot of good information, and I have been using it in off-piste skiing, finding ski areas, and hiking around the world.
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August 2015, Los Arenales, Araucania, Chile
Skiing (Outdoor, Snow); Climbing (Mountain); Urban-exploration (Ski-lifts)

Bunker Bouldering
A blown-up bunker. Debris. Darkness. Bats. Concrete rising to the heights. Walls hanging where they should not be. An ideal climbing place, if it wasn't for the grim past of this place and the morbid pictures of soldiers.
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June 2015, Humboldthain Flaktürme, Berlin, Germany
Climbing (Wall); Caving (Rock); Urban-exploration (Bunkers)

London Ice Climbing
Have ice axe. Will travel to London to go ice climbing. My cab driver thinks that is the weirdest thing he has heard his customers do. I think that if it is true, then his rides have been pretty boring.
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May 2015, Vertical Chill, London, United Kingdom
Climbing (Ice); Urban-exploration (Landfills)

Skiing Africa... by Mule
Avalanche pack, check. Skis, check. Mule, check. I am sitting on a mule, on my way to the ski slopes in Oukaïmeden in the Atlas mountains of Morocco.
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February 2015, Oukaïmeden, Morocco
Skiing (Outdoor, Snow); Climbing (Mountain); Urban-exploration (Ski-lifts, Buildings)

Middle Earth
Desperation, n. Travel to the end of the world in search of snow, and then find none. Lose your favourite tools, the skis. So desperate that you consider taking up heli-biking, but end up gliding on your butt in an imaginary world instead.
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August 2014, Hobbiton, Middle Earth, New Zealand
Sliding (Grass); Urban-exploration (Amusement-parks)

Ich bin ein Berlin(ski)er
The Berg - a creation by architect Jakob Tigges - is the latest source of pride for Berliners. This artificial mountain covers almost the entire Tempelhof, an old airport. A park like no other. And I am in Berlin to make the first descent!
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June 2014, Tempelhof airport, Berlin, Germany; Arkko summer cottage, Teisko, Finland
Skiing (Outdoor, Other-substances); Urban-exploration (Airports)

Volcan Copahue
So close, yet so far. I wanted so much to ski down from Volcán Copahue (2953 meters), but despite trying very hard it was not going to happen.
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August 2012, Caviahue, Argentina
Skiing (Outdoor, Snow); Climbing (Mountain); Urban-exploration (Ruins, Buildings); Swimming (Outdoor, Water)

Midnight Sun at Riksgransen
Many of my friends are regulars at Riksgränsen. But I had never been to this place that calls itself "Sweden's most legendary ski area". The legends are true. It is an amazing place. For starters, we were there in midsummer, skiing at midnight. In bright sunshine! The ski area is far above the arctic circle, and for about two months in the summer the sun does not set.
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June 2012, Riksgränsen, Sweden
Skiing (Outdoor, Snow); Afterski; Sauna (Normal); Urban-exploration (Buildings)

Ice Climbing in Espoo. In June.
It is Sunday, +10 degrees, raining heavily, and it is the middle of summer in southern Finland. What should I do? Go ice climbing in Espoo, obviously.
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June 2012, Mankkaan lumenkaatopaikka, Mankkaa, Espoo, Finland
Climbing (Ice); Urban-exploration (Landfills)

Venice. Fail.
It is the first time this has happened to me, honestly. I am embarrassed. I failed to find skiing on a trip.
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June 2012, Venice, Italy
Travel; Urban-exploration (Bridges, Skating-rinks)

Two Feet High
We went to Matinkylä, southern Espoo today. One of the largest shopping malls in Finland, Iso Omena ("Big Apple") is located in Matinkylä. But they are also known as the site of M2, a mountain with icy slopes even in the middle of the summer. The steep slopes of M2 rise a whopping two feet above the surrounding landscape, scaring skiers and mountaineers alike. Indeed, very few climbers have climbed it.
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June 2012, Matinkyla, Finland
Skiing (Outdoor, Imported-snow); Urban-exploration (Skating-rinks)

Moominworld Cliffs
If I have to spend eight days per year in Moominland, it is clear that I need to come up with something interesting to do there. How about skiing down the President's Cliff? Fifteen meters of near vertical rock. Too bad I forgot my ice axes, because the return was even tricker.
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February 2012, Moominworld, Naantali, Finland
Skiing (Outdoor, Snow); Urban-exploration (Amusement-parks)

Fortress Islands
Saturday evening's exercise.
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January 2012, Suomenlinna, Helsinki, Finland
Skiing (Outdoor, Snow); Urban-exploration (Castles)

Africa. Snow. AK-47s.
I'm glad to be back home in Finland. It was so damn cold in Africa!
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August 2011, Afriski, Lesotho
Skiing (Outdoor, Snow); Urban-exploration (Ruins)