In English

the salpa defence line is a monument from the last war

The Joensuu Bunker Museum contains part of the largest construction project ever undertaken in Finland, the Salpa Defence Line, extending for a total of 1200 kilometres from the Gulf of Finland to Salla in Lapland and on from there to the Arctic Ocean in the form of a series of field fortifications. The line was built in 1940–1941 and completed in 1944, at the end of the Continuation War.

The station’s concrete and stone fortifications are for the most part still visible today. The station’s wooden constructions were dismantled immediately after the war.

Two concrete dugouts had been repaired and restored for the benefit of sightseers. The anti tank gun dugout in Joensuu has been made into a wartime armoured dugout museum, and the machine gun dugout in the immediate vicinity of the museum has been made into a peaceful exhibition dugout. Two open machine gun posts and part of the trehad been restored with their original wooden construction.

The building of a major defence line was begun at the command of Marshal Mannerheim in 1940. Different fortifications and blockades were built to form a unified line of defence along Finland’s eastern border. There never was any conflict along the Salpa-line, but its existence and importance were acknowledged during peace conferences.



Virrantaus 7

80140 Joensuu

Opening hours 2020

Opening hours will be announced in early spring.



Free entrance during opening hours

Book a guided tour

Guided tours to the museum are available by advance booking.

        Guided tour in English: 64 € (Saturdays 64 €, Sundays and public holidays 120 €)
        Guided tour in Finnish: 60 € (Saturdays 60 €, Sundays and public holidays 128 €)


Bookings and enquiries
Tel. + 358 50 520 2762


Customer service
Tel. +358 50 520 2762
mon–fri 9–15


Museum is closed for this season and will be open next time in summer 2020. Opening hours will be announced in early spring.


Free entrance during opening hours.

Chargeable guided tours available by advance booking.

Tel. +358 50 520 2762
mon–fri 9–15

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Virrantaus 7, Joensuu