Sunday, June 4, 2017

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.

We read about this place from Retkipaikka. It is no surprise that once again the article of this interesting place turned out to be written by Antti Huttunen.

The cave in Kasaberget appealed to me; the abandoned buildings with graffiti appealed Janne. So we set out to drive to Kirkkonummi. While the cave was easy to find -- Antti's coordinates 60°04'41.9"N 24°22'51.6"E were correct -- the abandoned buildings were not. In the spirit of saving this odd and a bit scary place from too many tourists, I'm not listing the location of the buildings. But they are nearby, and if you are interested enough you will find them.

When we arrived at the buildings we run into a graffiti artist making a fresh, wonderfully colourful painting. Cool.

The cave was easy to find. Once again I made a rudimentary map, by taking some basic measurements. There's a couple of smaller holes that we did not explore, but the main cave begins with a triangular room roughly 2 by 2 meters. It then continues as a tight crack (3.6 meters high) for another meter. There's a step change in the level, the floor of the crack raises by a meter or so, and the crack continues quite narrow for another 3.3 meters. I did not test whether I could fit on that part of the crack, but it seemed feasible. Maybe. Here's the map (higher reso JPG/PDF):

But back to the abandoned buildings. They are in the middle of nowhere... with no clear reason for their existence. They are not for living, with just a couple of windows on one side. They are made of concrete, and they are flat, one story buildings. Storage? But why in the middle of nowhere? Manufacture of dangerous goods, such as explosives? Area 51 of the Finnish army? Remnants of the Russian occupation of the area? Mind boggles... but I have to say, this was a spooky place. There's a small pond, and nature... but I wouldn't want to spend my vacation here. Or even the darker parts of the day, for that matter.

We also passed by some historic burial sites (rock fields).

Update: the buildings are from the Russian occupation times, they were warehouses (for what?). Also, my friend Merja posted some very useful links for further exploration:

And now back to my pictures. The welcome chair:

More graffiti:

Cave, starting with a picture of the crack:


The main room:

Photos and maps (c) 2017 by Jari Arkko and Janne Arkko. Remember that pointers to all my stories about caving and skiing can be found at the ​ and ​ web sites.

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