Baltic History Beneath Surface: Underwater Heritage Trails In Situ and Online

P2 Sustainable use of common resources

2.1. Natural and cultural resources developed into sustainable tourist attractions

Archipelago and Islands

01.01.2017 - 31.12.2019

€1 490 113

€1 172 908

Project Summary:

ENDED. The underwater landscape of the Baltic Sea is a unique ecological and cultural-historical environment resulting from the combination of a long seafaring history and good preservation conditions. The remains of shipwrecks in Estonian, Finnish and Swedish waters, many of them hundreds of years old, often sit upright with masts and rigging still intact. In this aspect, the Baltic Sea is a giant underwater museum waiting to be visited
The project "Baltic History Beneath Surface: Underwater Heritage Trails In Situ and Online" aims to demonstrate the huge tourism potential of the underwater cultural heritage of the Baltic Sea by developing easy and convenient ways for visiting our unique and well preserved underwater sites in situ.
The project will produce several new tourist attractions in the Baltic Sea that are supplied with buoys, underwater information boards and dive trails. With the creation of these tourist attractions we aim at enhancing the attractiveness of the Baltic Sea destinations and increase the number of visits to our region.

Lead Partner


Country: EE

Partner budget: 459.432 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 390.518 EUR ERDF

Project Partners


Country: FI

Partner budget: 250.686 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 188.014 EUR ERDF

Statens Maritima Museer

Country: SE

Partner budget: 462.320 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 346.740 EUR ERDF

Adrianto OÜ

Country: EE

Partner budget: 80.400 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 68.340 EUR ERDF

Aalto Group OY

Country: FI

Partner budget: 88.875 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 66.656 EUR ERDF

Haninge kommun

Country: SE

Partner budget: 135.000 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 101.250 EUR ERDF

MTÜ Lääne-Eesti Turism

Country: EE

Partner budget: 13.400 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 11.390 EUR ERDF

Associated Partners

Ålands landskapsregering / Museibyrån

Country: FI

Expected results

The project will produce a joint tourist attraction consisting of different destinations that are supplied with buoys, underwater information boards and dive trails. There will be at least one joint tourist package including tourist destinations from all partner states, also the opportunity to develop individual packages through an interactive website. We will compile publications to introduce the developed tourist attraction.
The publications are:
Project leaflet in all project languages displaying the general information
about the project, our objectives, destinations to be developed.
Publications (booklets) about Estonian, Finnish and Swedish sites separately.
Common publication of Project results, a collection of articles provided by the project partners on the process and results of the project.
A handbook on how to build and manage a dive park.

As an innovative solution we will develop and interactive website about the diving destinations of our region – this website will contain information both on the developed attraction and about what you need to know for travelling.
In addition to sample packages, the divers will be able to put together an individual package through the website, which will comply with the interests and training of the diver.

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