Suomenlinna is a sea fortress, which was built gradually from 1748 onwards. It was built by Sweden on a group of islands belonging to the district of Helsinki in Finland. This fortress is an interesting example of European military architecture of the time. Suomenlinna was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1991 as a unique monument of military architecture. Another special feature of the fortress is that in the course of its history it has served in the defence of three realms Sweden, Russia and Finland.
Today, the fortress and its museums, restaurants and events are a memorable experience for visitors of all ages. Suomenlinna is a popular visitor attraction and also a home of 800 residents.
Due to it’s location the island is accessible only by water. A ferry service runs from the Market Square throughout the year. In the summer season, a water bus service to the island is also available. The guest harbour in the middle of Suomenlinna caters to visitors arriving by their own boats.
Winter is really cold though it provide majestic view of Helsinki server in the harsh season.
The trip takes 15–20 minutes and offers magnificent views of Helsinki and the surroundings from the sea. During the cold winter months, the trip through the ice-covered waters is a unique experience.
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Recommended tour: Helsinki and Suomenlinna 5-Hour Sightseeing Tour