The Russian port town of Vyborg, on the Karelian Isthmus, about 100 kilometres from St Petersburg is just a few steps from the modern day Finnish border. It's a interesting place - largely untouched by tourism. Whilst there is an undercurrent of seediness which is accentuated by a small but busy 'red light' scene the place retains a certain charm. Until the final months of the 1940-44 Continuation War the town was Finnish (Vipuri).
|The Russian Town of Vyborg - view of Vyborg Castle (13th Century)|
|Derelict Finnish House on Ovchinniy (Turkinsaari) Island|
|Transport to the Battlefields of Vyborg Bay|
|Island Berth - Ready to Hike|
|Corridor Linking Gun Batteries|
|Archive Map of Crimean War Era Fortifications|
|Barbed Wire - 1944|
|Island Defences - Bay of Vyborg|
|A Peaceful Island Scene in the Bay of Vyborg|
I'm very grateful to my Russian friends who made this brief exploration of parts of the Gulf of Vyborg possible. As is invariably the case, walking the ground has stoked my appetite to learn more!
Vyborg Flickr Portfolio