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Aspö

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Hidden : 8/30/2014
Difficulty:
3 out of 5
Terrain:
5 out of 5

Size: Size: small (small)

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Geocache Description:

Aspö is a small island in southwestern Finland in the Archipelago sea. It belongs to the municipality of Parainen. There is a small village and a famous white limestone church. The current church was built in 1956 but there has been a chirch since the Middle Ages.

There is a small guest harbour near ferry pier.


History

The commercially seafaring Vikings landed on Aspö during the Viking period, 800 - 1050 AD. In the 13th century it also served as a harbour for traders. The trade route was laid between Tallinn, Estonia and Denmark. In the beginning of the 20th century only about 30 people lived on Aspö. Now there are only about 10 people.

During World War I until 1917, Aspö served as Russian naval military watchpost. In 1944 it served as the German navy base as the Germans were not allowed to anchor on Åland proper.

In the 1910s the Russians had a patrol station on the island. In the 1940s it was used as a harbour for submarines. On the contrary to the year of 1941, on 1944 the Finns allowed instead of Aland proper, the German navy to use only Aspö and Nötö as the naval base Rotbuche as there was a suspicion of the Tanne West operation which would have led to the German occupation of Aland Islands. The question became actual from 20 June to 27 June, when the president of the republic of Finland, mr. Risto Ryti and the foreign minister Joachim von Ribbentrop negotiated the terms continuing the war after the German arms export embargo in since April, 1944 due to the negotiations of peace with the Soviet union. A heavy naval detachment was sent via Utö towards Aspö.

A ship called M/S Eivor transports passengers between Aspö and Nagu.

Many men on Aspö work as maritime pilots and the women serve on the tourist branch. As for the tourist attractions there is a new chapel built 1955-1956. The chapel has been built several times since 1696, in the years 1728, 1850 and 1905. Aspö-Erik had played folk music which tradition is taken care of Bruno Johansson and his son Tore Johansson. Milking ended in the 1970s, but afterwards there has been broad for the summer times from 10 to 15 cows for tourists to see.

Source: mostly Wikipedia.

The cache

The cache is up on the Högberget (High Mountain) and the best way to it is to follow the nature trail ("Naturstig", "Luontopolku") that begins some 200 meters from the ferry pier. It's best to approach the cache from down and from left.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Unysjnl hc, unysjnl qbja

Decryption Key

A|B|C|D|E|F|G|H|I|J|K|L|M
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N|O|P|Q|R|S|T|U|V|W|X|Y|Z

(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



 

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