CDSG tour 25 August – 3 September

update: Draft 16 January 2021, subject to changes.
2nd Feb: Update, been able to lower the price a bit.
28th Feb: Details on flight Luleå-Arlanda

Tour day-per-day
25 August – Travel to Sweden and Nyköping. Option to visit Nyköping hus castle and Cold War Femöre battery.
26 August – Landsort 15,2 cm m/98 and 12 cm m/70
27 August – full day around vaxholm area
28 August – Siarö fortress and Arholma 10,5 cm m/50 battery.
29 August – Furuvik 7,5 cm m/05 battery and Sundsvall 15,2 cm m/98.
30 August – Full day Hemsö.
31 August – Travel day to Boden.
1 September – Full day Boden, Vuollerim battery.
2 September – Kamlunge and Siknäs batteries.
3 September – return to Stockholm Arlanda and back home.

25 August 2021
This part will be a co-share with FSG that are in the middle of their tour of Sweden.

Arrival at your own time to Stockholm Arlanda International Airport. You can choose to join the FSG visits to the ex-castle Nyköpings hus and the Cold War Femöre battery if you can be in Nyköping by latest 13:13 to join both. There will be a small extra fee for this.
The last train departing Arlanda to get to Nyköping by 13:13 is the 10:50 service arriving 12:45.
If you arrive Nyköping earlier you can make your way to the Blommenhof Hotel just outside the city – 15 min walk from the station.
The Nyköpings hus is a former 16th century castle with parts dating back to the 12th century that burnt down in 1665. Some casemates are still viewable and we’ll walk around the castle area for about 20 minutes.
The Femöre battery in Oxelösund is a preserved Cold War 7,5 cm m/57 battery, very similar to the Hemsö battery that we will visit on the 30th August. Return to the Hotel around 21:00.

If you choose just to get to the Hotel there are trains departing approx. one every hour, with one change in Stockholm arriving Nyköping little under two hours.
The Blommenhof Hotel is around 900 meters walk from the station. There is also taxi service at the station.

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A small part of the spine system at Femöre.
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One of the 7,5 cm m/57 turrets aiming towards the Baltic states. Range of fire was 13 km.

Included: Hotel single room.
Not included: Food, transport from Arlanda to the hotel in Nyköping.

26 August 2021
After hotel breakfast a day tour to Landsort island in the southern archipelago. Bus coach from the Hotel to the ferry out to Landsort. Bagage can be left on the coach. Visits to 15,2 cm m/98 battery and the modern 12 cm m/70 gun. On the island over 4 km walking. Charter boat back to the mainland and coach back to the northern Stockholm area, either Åkersberga or Vaxholm.

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One of the 15,2 cm guns with the lighthouse and command bunker behind.
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A 12 cm m//70 gun.

Included: Breakfast, bus coach, charter taxi boats, entrance to two museums and Hotel single room.
Not included: Lunch and dinner.

27 August 2021
After breakfast a day tour to Vaxholm area by coach with visits to the Vaxholm citadel, Rindö redutt, Oscar-Fredriksborg, Fredriksborg (with light lunch) and some of the Vaxholms defence line. Hotel in Åkersberga or Vaxholm.

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Oscar-Fredriksborg

Included: Breakfast, charted coach all day, entrance to two museums and Hotel single room.
Not included: Dinner.

28 August 2021
After a hotel breakfast coach from the hotel to a water taxi over to Siarö fortress with a guided tour. Around lunch we are back on the mainland and will have an 1½h coach ride to the next water taxi från Simpnäs to Arholma, with the Cold War 10,5 cm m/50 gun. Guided tour and back on the mainland around 19:00. Either stay at Arholma airport hotel or en route towards Arlanda.

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One of two 15,2 cm guns at Siarö.
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The preserved 10,5 cm m/50 gun at Arholma.

Included: Breakfast, entrance to two museums, bus coach, watertaxis and Hotel single room.
Not included: Lunch and Dinner.

29 August 2021
The FSG tour ends after Hotel breakfast and CDSG will continue north in rental cars, max four per car. NOTE! One driver has to volunteer per car for this to work.

After around two hours we will arrive to the Furuvik zoo that inside its premises has a preserved 7,5 cm m/05 battery with two of the three guns still intact.

Of of the two 75 mm guns still preserved.

After around 2h we’ll continue this long day with another almost 3h drive to catch a water-taxi to Storholmen island outside Sundsvall where there is a preserved 15,2 cm battery with a over 1 km long tunnel system. Same type of gun as on Landsort but these are ex-navy turrets and not designed for the coastal artillery as on Landsort.
Late arrival to a Hotel in Sundsvall.

One of the Storholmen guns, forming the SL 1 battery.

Included: Breakfast, transportation and entrance to Furuvik and Storholmen. Hotel single room.
Not included: lunch and dinner.

30 August 2021

After a hotel breakfast a short hours drive to the island of Hemsö where we’ll be on that island for the whole day. Together with Aspö this is the most fortified island in the country and with a long history of coastal defence. We’ll start with a 4h tour of Storråberget with it’s three 15,2 cm m/51 twin-turrets from 1955 with a lunch break in the middle. After that a short transport on the island to a measuring station from 1973, feeding measuring data to the guns. Last transport to our hotel for the night, a 7,5 cm m/57 battery built in 1963 on Havstoudd. Dinner in the museum’s restaurant. Single/twin rooms for most, dormitories for a few. Shared toilets and showers. A hotel without windows but some 20 metres below ground.

One of the three 15,2 cm m/51 twin-turrets.
Inside the Havstoudd battery there is a unique mine-station preserved.

Included: Breakfast, transportation entrances on Hemsö. Lunch and Dinner. Overnight stay at Havstoudd.
Not included: Drinks at dinner.

31 August 2021
Breakfast at Havstoudd.
Main goal today is to reach Boden, a five hour drive north along the Baltic coast. We have all day, some minor stops in military history can be done but it will mainly be a day of driving.
Hotel in Boden.

Included: Breakfast, transportation. Hotel single room.
Not included:  lunch and dinner.

1 September 2021
Breakfast followed by a full day in Boden, the only true fortress of Sweden. Five bed-rock forts defended the area, Rödbergsfortet is still visible on the inside. Lunch included during the day. Rödbergsfortet has still 12 cm guns m/24C and 8,4 cm m/47 guns present as well as a training battery of 12 cm m/24.

The top of Rödbergsfortet, at this visit with graffitti.

We’ll continue the days with a tour of at least a few more forts, minor emplacements, a balloon hall, a radio bunker and many km of anti-tank “dragon-teeath” and if we have the time a look at the military museum of Boden, with mainly army vehicles.

An hours drive north-west will take us to Vuollerim where a fort was made in the 1960s with an ex-navy 15,2 cm m/12 ex-navy twin-turret. This site has been a museum for a few years but is now without a tenant. Depending on the situation we might have to just look outside, hopefully have a tour and even more hopefully stay overnight in the fort. Otherwise we have to drive to Jokkmokk for the night.

The single turret is hidden under what should look like a house.

Included: Breakfast, transportation, entrance to all sites in Boden and Vuollerim. Hotel single room or stay in fort. Lunch and dinner.
Not included: Drinks at dinner.

2 September 2021
Breakfast followed by a 2,5h drive through Lapland wilderness to arrive at Kamlunge battery with two ex-navy 12 cm m/24 guns in the middle of the forest.

Kamlunge

Another short transportation takes us to Siknäs battery, originally with eight 15,2 cm m/03 guns in four twin-turrets, also ex-navy. Today one turret is preserved externally and one internally. 

Siknäs battery.

Hotel in Luleå.

Included: Breakfast, transportation, entrance to two batteries. Hotel single room.
Not included: Lunch and dinner.

3 September 2021
Flight SK003 07:00 från Luleå, arriving Arlanda 08:20. Price includes one 20kg check-in luggage plus handluggage.
For international connections you have to pick-up luggage from domestic flight and check-in at international desks (probably at the same terminal as the Luleå flight arrives) and clear security check. Allow at least 2 hours, for transatlantic connections 3 hours.

Included: Breakfast, Flight to Arlanda at 1500 SEK/person (if a higher price has to be payed it will be added to the total price of the trip).
Not included: Lunch.

Prices: 
All transports calculated on 2020 prices. Changes on price can be necessary due to the pandemic.
Price is calcultaed on single room. If you can and want to share, please indicate that. At most night that will be an option with a reduction in price.
Changes in price due to unforeseen circumstances will be added to the price below and will be addressed as soon as possible. Example can be that a hotel closes due to the pandemic and we need to change to a more expensive hotel in a late stage.
For members of both FSG and CDSG that wants to join both trips there is a special price that includes both tours.

This tour costs 20.700 SEK including swedish tax.

Booking or interest in booking:
Should always start with a contact with lars@bunkertours.se, subject: CDSG- tour. The sooner the better with your intent. A confirmation from CDSG that you are a member will be done.
There is a booking fee of 3000 SEK that should be payed to bunkertours.se to secure a place on the trip. Payment can be made via paypal or bank transfer.
Payment of the total amount should be made latest seven weeks before the trip starts. Payment can be made via paypal or bank transfer.
Questions that you think will benefit others can be made here as well.
If attendees are less than 20 to this trip, bunkertours.se will add local non-FSG members to join.

Pandemic and cancellation:
Bunkertours.se can not be responsible for flight tickets or other expenses outside Sweden. If the tour must be cancelled at a late stage there will be a re-run in May 2022. The deposit of the booking fee (3000 SEK) sent to bunkertours.se will in that case be held until 2022.

Insurance:
Bunkertours does not have a special insurance that handles cancelled transportation or events/guided tours. The traveller should have adequate insurance for travelling in Sweden.

Good to know:
Lunches will usually be sandwiches or similar from local supermarkets at the travellers own expense and purchase.
On some nights we will eat at the same place, otherwise there will be suggestions on various places in different price categories. Google is also good to suggest restaurants. At places with limited options tables will be preliminary booked for everyone in advance.
Coach travels as well as rental car travel mean a lot of lifting and carrying luggage. To be able to handle luggage on coaches and in cars, please try and cope with one check-in luggage and a smaller for camera etc.