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All aboard in kiel canal From May 29th to 30th, 2024
All aboard in kiel canal From May 29th to 30th, 2024
All aboard in kiel canal From May 29th to 30th, 2024
All aboard in kiel canal From May 29th to 30th, 2024
All aboard in kiel canal From May 29th to 30th, 2024
All aboard in kiel canal From May 29th to 30th, 2024
All aboard in kiel canal From May 29th to 30th, 2024
All aboard in kiel canal From May 29th to 30th, 2024
All aboard in kiel canal From May 29th to 30th, 2024
All aboard in kiel canal From May 29th to 30th, 2024
All aboard in kiel canal From May 29th to 30th, 2024
All aboard in kiel canal From May 29th to 30th, 2024
All aboard in kiel canal From May 29th to 30th, 2024
All aboard in kiel canal From May 29th to 30th, 2024
All aboard in kiel canal From May 29th to 30th, 2024
All aboard in kiel canal From May 29th to 30th, 2024
All aboard in kiel canal From May 29th to 30th, 2024
All aboard in kiel canal From May 29th to 30th, 2024
All aboard in kiel canal From May 29th to 30th, 2024
All aboard in kiel canal From May 29th to 30th, 2024
All aboard in kiel canal From May 29th to 30th, 2024
All aboard in kiel canal From May 29th to 30th, 2024
All aboard in kiel canal From May 29th to 30th, 2024
All aboard in kiel canal From May 29th to 30th, 2024
All aboard in kiel canal From May 29th to 30th, 2024
All aboard in kiel canal From May 29th to 30th, 2024
All aboard in kiel canal From May 29th to 30th, 2024
All aboard in kiel canal From May 29th to 30th, 2024
All aboard in kiel canal From May 29th to 30th, 2024
All aboard in kiel canal From May 29th to 30th, 2024
All aboard in kiel canal From May 29th to 30th, 2024
All aboard in kiel canal From May 29th to 30th, 2024
All aboard in kiel canal From May 29th to 30th, 2024
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All aboard in kiel canal From May 29th to 30th, 2024
All aboard in kiel canal From May 29th to 30th, 2024

Make your own Normandy
landing

For peace

Historical M/S Alpo sails from Oulu, Finland
to Normandy. The convoy led by M/S Alpo includes a charitable component. During the journey, we aim to raise funds for the defense of Ukraine, specifically for the air force situational awareness systems of the Ukrainian Armed Forces. We call it 'from the sea to the sky.’

Join the Convoy

Support this cause

You can support this cause by donating via the UNITED24 website, using a QR code, or making a corporate contribution.

Payment information (PDF)

Ultimate voyage to Normandy

We are now living in a time of increased militarization in our continent. M/S Alpo is sailing towards the French coast for the third time with the aim of once again making history and remembering the importance of past events in ending the war. The objective of the Convoy is to bring together people who enjoy boating and escort M/S Alpo back to Normandy.

We wish that hundreds of ships will accompany M/S Alpo.

Convoy to Normandy

To celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Normandy, the new owners of M/S Alpo's want to organize a big convoy of ships. The convoy lands to Normandy 80 years after the Normandy landings. We wish that hundreds or even thousands of ships and boats will participate in the Convoy along the way.

We organize events in each harbour we stop by, together with local yacht clubs. We will gather people and ships together for the trip to Normandy. We wish to reach hundreds of thousands of people in the events, the main event, and through the media. This huge project is organized by three Finnish business men Markku Kankaala, Martti Haapala and Jukka Juola.

Team behind the trip

Janne
Leinonen

Project manager

Markku
Kankaala

Ship-owner

Martti
Haapala

Ship-owner

Jukka
Juola

Ship-owner

Route to Normandy

M/S Alpo departs Oulu (Finland) on
April 27th and reaches Le Havre (France)
by June 5th.

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Landing Commemoration Day

On June 6, 1944 and during the long summer that followed, soldiers from all over the world came to fight in Normandy to defeat Nazism and re-establish freedom. Normandy will bear the scars of the moment in history forever. Every year, the veterans of the war are remembered and paid tribute to on this commemoration day.

The 80th Anniversary is a unique opportunity to celebrate freedom and reconciliation. The festival offers over 100 events, including concerts, parades and exhibitions. The festival will be held along the entire coastline of the D-Day and the Battle of Normandy, including the iconic sectors of the five Beaches, where the Normandy Landings took place.

D-DAY
80-YEAR
ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS

  • Impressive commemorations and ceremonies with world leaders
  • Flyover and skydiving shows on the coast of Normandy
  • Museum visits in France
  • Exhibitions of military equipment used in the Normandy landings
  • Meeting new people & sharing the moods of unity, gratitude and awe

M/S Alpo

Alpo is a ST-335 tugboat that participated in the Battle of Normandy on June 6th, 1944 and took part in the 60-year Anniversary celebrations in 2004.

Now Alpo has been restored to its past glory to be ready for D-Day voyage starting on April 27th, 2024 from its current home harbour Oulu.

M/S Alpo is preparing for his third landing in Normandy. The ship has been taken good care of to make the trip possible. Thousands of hours of voluntary work and over €500,000 has been spent for the renovation of the ship.

On the way
to Normandy,
you will experience

  • The freshness of the sea air
  • the authenticity of a ship that exudes history
  • a sea opening up as far as the eye can see
  • the rising and setting of the sun
  • the waves of the sea creating wonderful art
  • dining on the open sea, with seagulls calling
  • if luck favors, see a gray seal or a porpoise or a bay whale or a white-beaked dolphin
  • perhaps hear the sounds of the underwater world
  • company of interesting guests

how to participate?

Newsroom

News

26.5.2024

Miljoonan euron matka: Normandian maihinnousun nähnyt alus matkustaa Oulusta Ranskaan rauhan asialla

YLE - In Finnish - Oululainen M/S Alpo on matkalla Pohjois-Ranskaan Normandian maihinnousun 80-vuotisjuhlaan. Perinnealus oli mukana 6.6.1944 alkaneissa taisteluissa. Se kerää rahaa United24 -säätiölle Ukrainan ilmapuolustukseen. Tavoitteena on 200 000 euroa

19.5.2024

Finsk bogserbåt besökte Kalmar på väg til Normandie

BAROMETERN - In Swedish - Den 6 juni 1944 deltog bogserbåten M/S Alpo som en av cirka 150 bogserbåtar i Dagen D-operationen. Landstigningen i Normandie. ”Nu är vi på väg tillbaka till i Normandie, jag hoppas och tror att hundratals båtar som var med för 80 år sedan kommer tillbaka.”, säger M/S Alpos kapten, Teppo Niirunen.

Blog

12.5.2024

Greetings from Mariehamn

We have arrived 10.5 in the idyllic and sunny eastern harbor of Mariehamn. Mariehamn shows us its most beautiful face. The people here have welcomed us with open arms and dozens of guests have come to get to know the ship and the crew.

10.5.2024

M/S Alpo from Oulu to Normandy - Video Blog 10.5.2024

Video Blog 10.5.2024 - M/S Alpo from Oulu to Normandy

Frequently asked
questions

If you have any questions, contact us:

ddayalpo@gmail.com

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