"Helsinki - Suomenlinna" Finland Things to Do Tip by sabsi

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  Suomenlinna from the ferry
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Go to Suomenlinna, the fortress islands off the harbour of Helsinki. It's the perfect spot to go on a summer day! For picknicks or sunbathing!!

What I found interesting was that the Fortress is called Sveaborg (Fortress of Sweden) in Swedish and Suomenlinna (Fortress of Finland) in Finnish language!

Actually what is referred to as Suomenlinna is not only one island, it's actually six islands which are linked by bridges. The fortress is located on Susisaari and Kustaanmiekka. on Iso Mustasaari there's actually a small village where approx. 1000 people live - far away from the centre of Helsinki. There's shops, a church and a school there even.

Watch out for ferries when you are at Suomenlinna. It's an amazing sight when the huge ferries pass by Suomenlinna!

Apart from ferries and nice views there are several museums, a visitors centre, a dock and a submarine to be explored on the islands of Suomenlinna.

Boats to Suomenlinna leave approx. every 15 mts from the market at the harbour of Helsinki. There are boats that are run by the local public transport company which cost ya only one normal ticket. Special ferries to Suomenlinna cost more. Be careful which one you take!!!

Directions: Take a boat from Helsinki harbour. You can use your local transportation ticket (from the tram or bus or Metro), you don't have to pay again when you have one already!

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  • Updated Jan 26, 2003
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