Joensuu Bunker Museum
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The Salpa Defence Line – A Monument from World War II
At Joensuu Bunker Museum, you can see a part of the largest construction project ever undertaken in Finland. The Salpa Defence Line is a series of field fortifications, extending for a total of 1.200 kilometres from the Gulf of Finland to Salla in Lapland, and from there to the Arctic Ocean. The Defence Line was built in 1940–41 and completed in 1944 at the end of the Continuation War between Finland and the Soviet Union.
In Joensuu, the Defence Line station’s concrete and stone fortifications are for the most part still visible today. The wooden constructions were dismantled immediately after the war. Two concrete bunkers have been restored and turned into exhibition bunkers, which are open during summertime.
The building of a major defence line began at the command of Marshal Mannerheim in 1940. 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 afterwards during peace conferences.
The Bunker Museum is located 7 kilometres from the centre of Joensuu. Address:
30 June – 30 July
Wednesday – Friday 10:00 – 16:00
The exhibition bunkers are open only during the opening hours. You can visit the area independently at your own risk when the bunkers are closed.
Book a guided tour
Guided tours to the Bunker Museum are available in summer by advance booking. For the summer season 2021, tours can be booked starting from 10 May, 2021.
- Guided tour in English: Weekdays and Saturdays 64 €,
Sundays and public holidays 128 €
- Guided tour in Finnish: Weekdays and Saturdays 60 €,
Sundays and public holidays 120 €
Bookings and customer service
North Karelian Museum
Tel. + 358 50 520 2762 (Mon–Fri 9–15)
30 June – 30 July
Free entry during opening hours.
Chargeable guided tours available by advance booking (only in summer).
Tel. +358 50 520 2762 (Mon–Fri 9–15)