I Would Like A Ticket Out Of Here Part I

At the end of an overgrown small road was a badly bashed building, the railway station of Noormarkku. It was built in 1933, when a railroad was built between Pori and Haapamäki in Central Finland. Haapamäki we’ve of course already been to. According to public sources the station contained a waiting room, an office roomContinue reading “I Would Like A Ticket Out Of Here Part I”

A Total Waste

As you can see, I was starting to be in a hurry. I still had 210 municipalities of the 571 to visit, and time was running out. It was strictly one shot per location, unless I was able to enter. This is a former municipal hospital built in 1938. Its location on a hill guaranteesContinue reading “A Total Waste”

Found The Opening

Welcome to Satalinna hospital, the local tuberculosis sanatorium in the area. It was built in 1925 and gradually expanded during the following years. Since the 1960’s tuberculosis has been largely eradicated from Finland. The hospital got more and more wards for other uses and since the 1970’s served as a regional hospital. During its finalContinue reading “Found The Opening”

Can You See The Signs?

This is a former leather factory. It was founded in the late 1910’s and its buildings have been built in several phases between the 1940’s and 1960’s. It first declared bankrupcy in 1997 and closed for good in 2003 after which it has been abandoned. This is the prelude for one of the most personalContinue reading “Can You See The Signs?”

Kindergarten Stories

I would never have heard of this place had it not been to one of my most active Instagram followers, who sent me a link to a news item. It was about two 14-year-old boys seeing smoke rise from an abandoned building, running to a nearby store and buying water bottles to put out aContinue reading “Kindergarten Stories”

That’s A Lot Of Wood

It was day four of my summer vacation. I had already left the Åland Islands behind and was now zigzaging smaller and smaller roads to collect all municipalities in Finland. I had slept at a parking lot and been so tired, that I hadn’t woken up, when a truck had parked its trailer right behindContinue reading “That’s A Lot Of Wood”

Approaching The Final Frontier

Mid-August was close, and the evenings were getting darker and darker. My three week summer holiday, which I had saved this far, was just around the corner. Before that I had one more special adventure to go. My friend, who had followed my social media all summer, told me, that she had never been toContinue reading “Approaching The Final Frontier”

The Fish Finger School Part X (With Some Extra Fish Fingers)

As our previous adventure with the Vantaankoski school ended so abruptly, we agreed to meet again and go finish our exploration with my friend. And soon enough, less than a month later, we were back at the scene. Things, however, had changed. There was a large truck bed with stuff on it. It looked likeContinue reading “The Fish Finger School Part X (With Some Extra Fish Fingers)”

When Service Still Meant Service

Another location, which I had passed by some time earlier and only now was able to go take a closer look. This is a former Shell service station built in 1964. Fuel was sold here until the early 2000’s, and since then it has hosted an earth moving company, at least according to Google Maps.Continue reading “When Service Still Meant Service”

The Fall Of Causes

After independence Finland fought a bloody civil war, which left the nation extremely divided. The whites and the reds couldn’t co-operate in almost anything and this led to an interesting dual society. One visible thing were sports clubs. In every major town there was at least one for the right wing people and one forContinue reading “The Fall Of Causes”