From Reserve Officer School to Petkele

Cities: Hamina

Sites: Summa Pulp Mill and Housing Area in Hamina

Experiences: History, Museums

4 h
Groups, Individuals
We will drive along road 170 to the Petkele residential area. On the way at the River Summanjoki is the pumping station of the former Summa Paper Mill. The pumping station was designed by Alvar Aalto.

Tour highlights:

  • Alvar Aalto’s architecture and art in Hamina.
  • Alvar Aalto as a student of the Reserve Officer School in Hamina from 1922 to 1923.
  • Artists and culinary delights in the circular Hamina.

The guide will board the bus at Rantahaka (Hotel Leikari).

We will drive along road 170 to the Petkele residential area. On the way at the River Summanjoki is the pumping station of the former Summa Paper Mill. The pumping station was designed by Alvar Aalto.

We will go on foot and get to know the surroundings of the Summa Paper Mill as well as the dwellings of the workers and foremen of the mill in the Petkele area, all designed by Alvar Aalto. (1.5 h)

Transfer by bus to Hamina, to the Reserve Officer School Museum.

Tour at the museum: The museum has a section that describes reserve officer training in Hamina before the Second World War, during Alvar’s era. The museum contains items such as a photograph of Alvar’s quarters, with the future master architect named. We will also hear how the insignia of the Reserve Officer School was created. At that time, Varvara Schantin sold buns to the boys of the Reserve Officer School while they were in training.

The museum houses special exhibition “Hamina – Suomen vanhin varuskunta” (Hamina – the oldest garrison in Finland) drawn up by Ilkka Kaskinen. It provides a concise presentation of the history of Hamina with its circular town plan and fortress. (45 min)

Transfer to Hotel Seurahuone.

Tove Jansson’s paintings in the Marski Cabinet of the hotel. There is also a brief description of the other artists who used to live in Hamina: Magnus Enckell, Hugo Simberg, Isak Wacklin. (30 min)

Meal or tea serving at Fortress Restaurant Kamu at Hamina Bastion. (1h 15 min)

Duration four hours.

The Circle Town Plan of the City of Hamina from the air

Hamina Tattoo Military Music event takes place every two years in Hamina, photo Vesa Hovi

The museum has a section that describes reserve officer training in Hamina before the Second World War, during Alvar’s era.
Hamina is a town with interesting military history
Hamina is a town with interesting military history

Programme by day

Day 1:

The guide will board the bus at Rantahaka (Hotel Leikari).

We will drive along road 170 to the Petkele residential area. On the way at the River Summanjoki is the pumping station of the former Summa Paper Mill. The pumping station was designed by Alvar Aalto.

We will go on foot and get to know the surroundings of the Summa Paper Mill as well as the dwellings of the workers and foremen of the mill in the Petkele area, all designed by Alvar Aalto. (1.5 h)

Transfer by bus to Hamina, to the Reserve Officer School Museum.

Tour at the museum: The museum has a section that describes reserve officer training in Hamina before the Second World War, during Alvar’s era. The museum contains items such as a photograph of Alvar’s quarters, with the future master architect named. We will also hear how the insignia of the Reserve Officer School was created. At that time, Varvara Schantin sold buns to the boys of the Reserve Officer School while they were in training.

The museum houses special exhibition “Hamina – Suomen vanhin varuskunta” (Hamina – the oldest garrison in Finland) drawn up by Ilkka Kaskinen. It provides a concise presentation of the history of Hamina with its circular town plan and fortress. (45 min)

Transfer to Hotel Seurahuone.

Tove Jansson’s paintings in the Marski Cabinet of the hotel. There is also a brief description of the other artists who used to live in Hamina: Magnus Enckell, Hugo Simberg, Isak Wacklin. (30 min)

Meal or tea serving at Fortress Restaurant Kamu at Hamina Bastion. (1h 15 min)

Duration 4 hours.

Useful information

Throughout the year with the exception of Christmas, New Year and the Hamina Tattoo week on even years when the Hamina Tattoo is arranged. Moreover, Fortress Restaurant Kamu is not available during large-scale concerts (once per summer).

Sites included in this trip

Information on this trip

Good to know

Throughout the year with the exception of Christmas, New Year and the Hamina Tattoo week on even years when the Hamina Tattoo is arranged. Moreover, Fortress Restaurant Kamu is not available during large-scale concerts (once per summer).

Optional services

Offer by Fortress Restaurant Kamu:

1. Lunch of the day 8.50 € per person.

Monday – Friday 11 – 15. Also available on Saturday and Sunday if there are a minimum of 30 persons in the group, price Saturday 15.50 €, Sunday 21.50 €.

2. “Reserve officer’s menu” 31.50 € per person

Starter salad, main course, dessert which includes a cake related to Alvar Aalto – sit-down menu, beverage recommendation package available. More detailed description of courses available. For a group of a minimum of 10 persons.

3. Fortress tea table 15.50 € per person

Buffet table and brewed tea plus three salty and three sweet teacake options. For a group of a minimum of 15 persons.

Example price

Travel Agency Kymen Matkat will draw up a cost calculation on the basis of the information provided by the tourist guides (haminanseudunoppaat@gmail.com) of Hamina, considering the offer of Fortress Restaurant Kamu.

Travel Agency Kymen Matkat will take care of transport from the agreed pickup place.

Inquiries and bookings

Example price

Travel Agency Kymen Matkat will draw up a cost calculation on the basis of the information provided by the tourist guides (haminanseudunoppaat@gmail.com) of Hamina, considering the offer of Fortress Restaurant Kamu.

Travel Agency Kymen Matkat will take care of transport from the agreed pickup place.

Matkatoimisto Kymenmatkat Oy