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Trip to the 'East point' of Finland (august 2016)

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1/22 Road map of East-Finland, Karelia: our travel aim in 2016.

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2/22 Our visit to the "East Point": 62° 54'30.56 "N, 31° 35'13.34" E.

Here were battlefields during the 'Continuation War' from 25 June 1941 to 19 September 1944
between Finland and Russia. (The battle of Ilomantsi lasted from July 26 to August 13, 1944)

The life of the soldiers on Finnish side inspired Vänö Linna in 1954 to write
one of the best war novels ever written: Tuntematon sotilas.

I bought and read the english translation: Unknown Soldiers.
(Translation Liesl Yamaguchi. Penguin modern classics, Penguin books © 2015.)

Finland had occupied East Karelia in Russia at the beginning of the war. Russia drove
the Finnish army back behind the old border at the end of the war.

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3/22 Our campsite between two lakes near Ilomantsi, 75 km east of Joensuu.

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4/22 We enjoyed a Karelian meal in the open air museum.

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5/22 The Orthodox church of Hattuvaara, 75 km north of Ilomantsi.

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6/22 The 'museum' of the orthodox church of Hattuvaara.

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7/22 From the village Hattuvaara leads an unpaved road of 19 km to the parking lot from
the eastern point. From there you walk to a viewpoint.

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8/22 Along the way: an example of a forest with undergrowth.

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9/22 Along the way: an example of a forest with ground cover.

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10/22 The last stretch on foot on a wooden path through the peat.

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11/22 The local Rotary maintains an information point.

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12/22 The border pole from the east point cannot be reached by foot.

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13/22 The information panel indicates: The border north of this point has been decided
in the Stolbow-treaty of 1617 between Finland (under Swedish domination) and Russia.
The border south of this point has been decided in the Moskow-treaty of 1940
after the Winter War from 1939-1940.

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14/22 Along the Finnish-Russian border lies a border zone that you may not enter without permission.

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15/22 Wednesday 17 august 2016. Suomen itä piste = Finlands most easterly point. The
border zone is indicated on the map by a darker colour and on the Finnish side by a dotted line.

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16/22 The 'east point' is at the same time the most easterly point of the European Union.

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17/22 A border point is indicated in the terrain by three border poles.

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18/22 The white pole is marking the real border point.

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19/22 The border poles are on an island in the lake (Virmajärvi).

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20/22 On the left the Finnish pole, on the right the Russian, in between the small white pole.

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21/22 Looking to the right you can see the next border poles in between the trees.

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22/22 Now the Russian border pole left, the Finnish one right and the white pole in between.

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Adapted 13 november 2016.