In this tour you will be introduced with huge secret area of Latvia's Soviet times. To get here during the cold war time you would need to have a special government permit and for taking out the photo camera in best case your camera's film would be illuminated, but you might also be arrested and interrogated. But don't worry, now with us you can shoot as many pictures as you wish and getting arrested.
After arrival to this territory we will change our vehicle to Soviet military truck GAZ66 and explore ~90 kilometer wide area, by visiting many military sights including the extremely secret object, which during the Soviet era, was dubbed The Starlet, it served to intercept radio signals and telephone conversations in NATO countries. It's the world’s eighth-largest radio telescope.
Soon after Latvia’s independence was restored, in 1994, the Russian military personnel left this place. However, as they withdrew, they smashed the equipment, poured acid into the electric motors and chopped up the cables. Fortunately, there had been no order to blow up the enormous antenna dishes.
Now the army radar has been transformed to serve scientific purposes: now the 32-metre wide antenna, weighing 600 tonnes, is pointed towards the most remote corners of space. It is the largest radio telescope in Northern Europe, which can “see” sound just like a bat, catches radiation unseen by the human eye and turns it into an image.
During our trip through the woods there is a possibility to see wild animals as this area now is a part of the Slītere National Park.
After the spy day, when we return to our base camp, you will be greeted with hot soup cooked on the fire.