Suomenlinna: Touring Helsinki's Sea Fortress Island

Suomenlinna: Touring Helsinki's Sea Fortress Island, Helsinki, Finland (B)

Founded in 1748 on a cluster of islands off the coast of Helsinki, the Suomenlinna sea fortress is a cultural treasure. Built when Finland was still part of the Kingdom of Sweden, Suomenlinna has taken a vital part in the history of Finland. Today, it is not only a UNESCO Heritage Site but also one of the most popular days out among tourist and locals alike. Check out what to expect from Helsinki's sea fortress islands!

It is only possible to visit Suomenlinna by sea. The ferry operates through the year, leaving from central Helsinki, and there are also water services during the summer season. It only takes about 15 to 20 minutes to reach the islands, making Suomenlinna a very convenient day or half-day trip from Helsinki. 

The best option to visit Suomenlinna is to take the ferry that leaves from the east side of Market Square, right opposite the Presidential palace. On the way back, the ferry departs from the main quay on Iso Mustasaari island. The ferry is part of the city transport network of Helsinki, so you can also use the Helsinki Region Transport Authority tickets in this service. Tickets need to be purchased in advance from the machines on the quayside, as well as from the ticket booth at Market Square during the summer months.  ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: Suomenlinna: Touring Helsinki's Sea Fortress Island
Guide Location: Finland » Helsinki
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Author: Alberto C.
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Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Suomenlinna
  • Helsinki Port
  • Visitor Centre
  • Church Park
  • Noah's Ark
  • Great Courtyard
  • Suomenlinna Church
  • Ehrensvard's Tomb
  • Dockyard
  • Hostel Domus Academica

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