Stories from the War Years

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Kriegshistorische Stätten – Schauplätze der Geschichten – Was die Feldpost über den Krieg erzählt

The Military History Tour of Koillismaa Region​

Duration approx. 7-8 h (depending on the stops)

Length approx. 250 km

Departure & Return

A. III Army Corps Memorial (III Armeijakunnan muistomerkki)

(In front of the Karhuntassu tourism and culture center), Torangintaival 2, Kuusamo

(distance 12.5 km)

B. Salpalinja fortress area (Salpalinjan linnoitusalue), Lahtela area, Vanttajankannas, Lämsänkyläntie 62, Kuusamo

Salpalinja was a defense line built near the eastern border after the winter war. It stretched from the shores of the Baltic Sea from Virolahti all the way to Savukoski in Lapland. In Kuusamo, the Salpalinja structures of the Lahtela fortress area have been restored to reflect the situation in the fall of 1944.

The area also has a 4.5 km long Salpalinja fortress trail (Lahtelan-Vanttaja path), along which there are several signposts.

There is also a memorial to fallen German soldiers near the parking lot on the shore of Lake Kuusamojärvi.

(distance 50 km)

C. Memorial to the victims of the partisans (Partisaanien uhrien muistomerkki), Kurvisentie 83-85, Kuusamo

(distance 54 km)

D. Niilo Manninen memorial (Niilo Mannisen muistomerkki), Nuottivaarantie 6, Taivalkoski

Driving directions to the memorial: from E63, when turning onto Nuottivaarantie, continue forward approx. 400 m and turn left, drive approx. 200 m and the memorial is on the left side of the road.

(distance 24 m)

E. Kallioniemi – author Kalle Päätalo’s childhood home (Kallioniemi – Kirjailija Kalle Päätalon lapsuudenkoti), Kallioniementie, Taivalkoski

(distance 35 km)

F. Isokumpu station (Isokummun asema, Kenttärata), trench railway, Hepokankaantie, Taivalkoski

(distance 10.5 km)

G. Wartime heritage room (Sota-ajan perinnehuone), Urheilutie 6a, Taivalkoski

(distance 42 km)

H. Memorial to the partisan victims and former Kuolio border station (Kuolion raja-aseman ja desanttien uhrien muistomerkki), Ouluntie 217, Kuusamo

(distance 22 km)

I. Karhuntassu Tourism and Culture Center (Matkailukeskus Karhuntassu), Torangintaival 2, Kuusamo

See current exhibitions here https://www.karhuntassu.fi/en/