"Suomenlinna" Suomenlinna Island & Fortress Tip by Scandic

Suomenlinna Island & Fortress, Helsinki: 117 reviews and 257 photos


City Within a City
Suomenlinna has always been much more than just a part of Helsinki - it is a city within a city. Nowadays there are about 900 people living on the islands, and 350 people work here all year round. This is one of the features that make Suomenlinna unique: the fortress is not merely a museum.
For a long time, the islands had more inhabitants than the city of Helsinki itself. Towards the end of the Swedish period, in 1806, about 4,600 people were living on the islands and 4,200 in Helsinki. At that time, Suomenlinna was Finland's second biggest city after Turku.

There was plenty of life on the islands during the Russian period as well. Before the Crimean War, in 1854, there were over 12,000 soldiers in the fortress. The big garrison and the soldiers' families also needed lots of shopkeepers, clergymen, restaurant keepers, and teachers.

Address: Suomenlinna, 00190 Helsinki
Directions: Transportation
There is a regular ferry-boat connection to Suomenlinna all year round. The ferry-boats leave from the Market Square all day long.

Phone: +358 29 5338410
Website: http://www.suomenlinna.fi

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Was this review helpful?

  • Written Jan 29, 2003
  • Send to a Friend
  • Add to your Trip Planner
  • Report Abuse


Scandic Lives Here!


“A chance meeting with a stranger may change your life.”

Online Now


Top 1,000 Travel Writer
Member Rank:
0 0 8 1 7

Have you been to Helsinki?

  Share Your Travels