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Shhh, don't wake the forest

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Welcome to the village of Särkynyt Silppuri

Let me tell you a little story. And for you to fully understand it I need to say two things first, I am working completely alone outside of the office hours and, I use to love to watch horror movies. By love I mean that Halloweens, Screams, Elm Streets and Ring use to be my favorite movies. The more frights I got watching, the better.

That said, this happened couple of years ago. I was at work, shifting gas bottles, the big ones which are taller than me. It was dark and I saw something in the corner of my eyes. Naturally, I jumped ten feet in to the air while turning my head to see better. There it was, standing perfectly still, exactly where I had left it mere minutes ago, one of the gas bottles. This was when I realized that with my vivid imagination it would be better if I stopped watching scary movies. I had given my self several frights during the years but being scared to death by immobile object which I should have known being there was the tip of the iceberg so to speak. Bye bye horror.

This incident of mine came in to conversation one day not so far ago when speaking of movies and one co-worker asked if I had visited the ghost village in Alavieska. Which I haven’t. Of course I got intrigued by it.




The village is built in the middle of the forest and is completely uninhabited. Former farmer made it in span of three decades. He had to stop working at the farm so he started to fill his time with constructing buildings at the piece of family owned land.
He wanted to keep the forest mostly untouched so he brought the woods out side of the village. You just got to admire the work and effort he put in making this ghost town. There is church with working organ, café, several places to roast something over fire and almost all of the buildings have its own fireplace, they are probably still in working order. And of course in Finnish fashion there is sauna.



The old farmers poems are laminated and placed around the village

Defying my somewhat skittish nature I braved in to the ghost village. And even tried to amplify the mood by playing horror movie theme songs but my companion said that it wasn’t working, Halloween went already (John Carpenters/ Halloween) and it wasn’t likely to get attacked by a shark in the Finnish woods (Jaws). But the grey weather was appropriate.


The church and the graveyard


Allegedly working organ

We set to explore our surroundings. The village was bigger and smaller than I expected it to be. There was more buildings but they were smaller. One thing was just what I thought, the surroundings were eerily quiet. And there the horror ended I am afraid. My spouse who was with me said that the most terrifying thing was the lack of spiders and ants which usually are galore in the woods. That we can explain with up coming winter though.


Phantom of the Opera // Even I had to bend to get in to this building and I am short.


Oh no, they put Piglets in the doghouse!

With the dry ice I brought with me I tried to get fog in to the photos. I quicky discovered that it was too windy for that. I would have needed to put a mountain of dry ice to get fog thick enough to be seen in the pictures. And then there would be white mountain visible in the photo and that looks just cold, not spooky so I opted to do without the special effects. Which was fun too.


Can you see the fog?

If it would situated a bit closer I would be sorely tempted to visit it at night. Just with my flash light..




Posted by hennaonthetrek 10:37 Archived in Finland Tagged ghosttown finland forest deserted grey eerily cabininthewoods

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Thanks for your story, Henna! We do not have such frightening abandoned villages...Only ruins with nothing special to see.

by Vic_IV

Thank you Victor for stopping by! I wouldn't mind to explore some ruins too :)

by hennaonthetrek

If I ever get to Finland again, I will have to visit this place. It looks almost like a playhouse village but more weathered.

by greatgrandmaR

That's what I thought too! Certainly worth visiting if you are nearby :)

by hennaonthetrek

This farmer was a pretty creative guy building houses and writing poems. Looks like an interesting and unusual place to visit.

by irenevt

The farmer also liked to sing and he use to perform in his family parties.

by hennaonthetrek

How interesting! To build a village with apparently no purpose? I love how you tried to create a spooky atmosphere - the dimly lit photos and the one with the doll certainly looked as if they could be in a horror film. But I had to laugh at the comment about being unlikely to be attacked by a shark in the Finnish woods!!

by ToonSarah

Sarah, glad you liked it and had some laughs too! The first building he made was storageshed (I think it is the one I had in photo in my Facebook) his sons used as shed and kind of shelter to had coffee in. Second was Cafe of Weeping stripe (direct translation ;)) in which they even had some family parties :)

by hennaonthetrek

I am not a big fan of horror movies, I just can't sleep when watching them. I always look underneath my bed and for some reason, even the tiniest sound sounds creepy so when reading this, I must say that I too would be intrigued, but visiting would be something entirely different ... the doll really looks creepy!

by Ils1976

Maybe on a sunny day..? :)
I think I managed to get the doll look creepy in the photos :D

by hennaonthetrek

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