Ingå is a municipality with a vast archipelago situated approximately 60 km west of Helsinki. The population (about 5600 people in 2011) is bilingual with 55% Swedish speakers and 42% Finnish.
Between 1944 and 1956 the large parts of Ingå, Siuntio and Kirkkonummi areas at and around Porkkala peninsula were leased to the Soviet Union as a naval base. The Soviet lease for Porkkala had been contracted for 50 years originally, however in 1955 an agreement was reached to return it earlier.
- Ingå kyrkby. The largest village and the administrative center of the municipality. It has a guest harbour.
- Degerby. A small village with a museum of the Porkkala Parenthesis.
- Täkter (Tähtelä).
- Solberg (Päivölä).
- Fagervik. A castle and a former iron works.
- Barösund. The area of the village consists of several larger islands (Barölandet, Orslandet, Elgsjölandet) and hundreds of smaller islands and islets.
Ingå can be reached by car from Helsinki by road 51. The distance is about 60 km.
By public transport
Historical remains of Porkkala parenthesis
There are still traces of the Soviet lease period to be seen in Ingå. A natural start of your exploration can be the Igor Museum in Degerby.
- Igor Museum in Degerby, Furuborgintie 6, 10160 Degerby, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. 1.6-17.8 Tu- Sa 11:00-16:00, in winter Sa 12:00-16:00 and other times by agreement. Stories of Finnish and Soviet people affected by involuntary re-settling due to the Porkkala lease. 5 €.
- Kopparnäs (Turn from Helsinki-Hanko road 51 at Degerby to Kopparnäs Road to the south). The recreation area (450 ha mainland, 67 ha islands and 195 ha of water area) comprises of a rocky shore, forest, meadows and agricultural land. Several islands are part of the area, the largest one Stora Halsö with a pier for fixing boats (depth about 1.5 m). There are several car parks with compost toilets and sheds (fireplaces) for making BBQs.
- Gölisnäs. This small recreation area (11.5 ha) can be reached after a 4 km drive from Barösund. A scenic shore, forest, car park, dry toilets, picnic huts and mosquitoes. Gölisnäs can also be reached by larger boats, as the water depth is 8 feet at the dock.