Fortress of Suomenlinna, Helsinki

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Visit World Heritage Site Fortress of Suomenlinna to see a sea fortress built on a collection of six islands. This ruggedly beautiful spot is a favorite among both locals and tourists. The fortress was built in 1748 and inhabited by Swedes and Russians until 1918, when it became a part of independent Finland. View the impressive fortified structure, constructed by the Swedish crown to withstand attacks from 18th-century Russia (who eventually overtook the islands in 1808). Nowadays the site supports a town with civilian inhabitants and draws visitors from the mainland of Finland. For travelers who use our online itinerary creator, Helsinki holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Fortress of Suomenlinna and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • The island has a lot of interesting and exciting Fort passages, museums, old cannons and the submarine Vesikko. A flashlight is a good book.
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  • The ferry to Suomenlinna was included in our travel pass. In winter, this place doesnt offer much. However, the entire trail, including the man-made cave-like structures in the second half of the isla...  more »
  • We visited the island on a very cold wintery day in March. Like another recent reviewer taking a boat trip through the ice was an (enjoyable) experience in itself. We found it very interesting and inf...  more »
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  • Beautiful old fortress island and island district of Helsinki. Very historical place. Used to be a prison island. There are lots of different tours and activities for those who are interested in the history of the place. Very easy to get around and lots to see. Many tourists in the summer. There's a small grocery store and the ferry goes there every 20 minutes or so.
  • This place is a UNESCO world heritage site. I highly recommend spending the better part of your afternoon here. If you want to look at everything in detail then you would probably need a whole day. We spent about 3-4 hours here. We took the ferry from Market Square. It was a quick ferry ride. The seaside view is absolutely stunning. We went at the end of June and it was a nice sunny day but it became quite cold and extremely windy as we got closer to the sea side.
  • A very beautiful place with amazing scenery. A completely unique experience was going through all the cool forts on the island, and pretty much everything is open to the public. (I think... I hope 😬 there were no signs) There are a lot of spooky tunnels and a LOT of museums. Very fun!
  • Beautiful island with a fortress, a couple of restaurants. There are amazing places to explore the shore and see the passing ships. The ferry ride is definitely worth the view. Caution when returning back, but you will definitely fit on the ferry. We got engaged here! Will definitely be back!
  • Fantastic day tour. We used our Helsinki card for the ferry and the tour so both were effectively free. The island is beautiful with many nooks and crannies to explore and lots of local history. Loads of public toilets available and some provision for disabled visitors, although most terrain looked difficult for wheelchairs. Well worth a visit.
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