Journey to the land of the sea
Welcome aboard a journey to the land of the sea!
“A Journey to the Land of the Sea” will take you on an adventure in the (Finnish) Archipelago Sea, whose thousands of islands and multi-faceted cultural traditions are some of the most unique in the world. This virtual experience delves deep into the heart of the archipelago – into a truly distinctive habitat and cultural environment that is vulnerable, valuable, resilient, ancient, beautiful and, to some extent, also vanishing.
“I especially liked being able to leap right into the landscape.”
During your VR experience, the narrator will lead you through the Turku Archipelago with the aid of changing 360-degree video images. The VR headset will enable you to immerse yourself in the landscape and experience the roar of the waves, the rugged cliffs, and the grazing sheep. You will hear about the unique nature of the archipelago, the state of the Archipelago Sea, folktales about giants who built Troy Towns, and how people have adapted to the demanding conditions of the archipelago’s unique natural environment.
Check out the visuals/trailer for the VR experience.
Download for free
The VR experience is best viewed with an Oculus Quest 2 or Oculus Go headset.
If you don’t own a VR headset, you can still enjoy the experience via the Digital Museum.
The VR experience is available in Finnish, Swedish and English.
Borrow a virtual reality experience
Both the “A Journey to the Land of the Sea” VR experience and Oculus Go headsets can be borrowed free of charge for use in companies, museums and other organisations. For more information about loans or public showings of the experience, please contact Anni Kujala, either by phone +358 (0)50 467 6740 or email anni.kujala (at) jnfoundation.fi.
An innovative presentation of maritime culture
“A Journey to the Land of the Sea” is a virtual reality experience that was implemented as part of the “Land of the Sea” multimedia project, which seeks to raise awareness about the archipelago’s uniqueness and thriving culture, and the vulnerability of the sea and its ecosystem. The project is based on “Meren maa – Havets land”, a photobook published by the John Nurminen Foundation, whose contents are being enriched through a variety of multimedia exhibitions, workshops and trips. The narration features texts by John Björkman and Jari Hänninen, and cultural history materials provided by Li Näse. The VR experience was implemented in collaboration with Verge Media Oy.
The “Land of the Sea” multimedia project has received funding from the Weisell Foundation.