Visiting Suomenlinna Sea Fortress in Helsinki, Finland

Located only 15 minutes away from Helsinki by ferry, Suomenlinna Sea Fortress was declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Sites in Finland back in the ’90s.

Originally built by the Swedish to protect the city against Russia, it has since become one of the most popular attractions loved by foreigners and locals alike.

The best way to truly appreciate it is by foot and there are many trails to choose from!

Let me take you on a tour of Suomenlinna Sea Fortress.

Suomenlinna ferry, Helsinki, Finland, ferry, water, transportation

View of Helsinki from Ferry

Suomenlinna ferry, Helsinki, Finland, ferry, water, transportation

Suomenlinna on the horizon

Suomenlinna ferry, Helsinki, Finland, ferry, water, transportation

Approaching the island

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Crossing over the bridge

Suomenlinna, Gate, walking, rock wall,  Helsinki, Finland

Going back in time

stone and brick wall, Suomenlinna, Helsinki, Finland, travel, photography

If those walls have stood the test of time

entrance, door, Suomenlinna, Helsinki, Finland, travel, photography

What could be behind that door and what stories does it hold?

building, military, Suomenlinna, Helsinki, Finland, travel, photography

Administrative building

view, city view, Länsi-Musta Island, Suomenlinna, Helsinki, Finland, travel, photography

View from Länsi-Musta Island

All that walk and the sea air makes you hungry and thirsty. What better way to recharge batteries, satisfy your hunger and thirst than visiting one of the many restaurants or lovely coffee shops such as this one!

café, coffee shop, Suomenlinna, Helsinki, Finland, travel, photography

Colorful café

My guide for the day and great friend, Kaarina, was super nice to travel 2 hours from her hometown of Tampere (North of Helsinki) just to meet me. Isn’t that sweet? That’s real friendship and Finnish even better :)

We had tons to catch up with and refuel, so we had to have a nice cup of coffee and dessert. We opted for Café Vanille, a charming little place that was calling our names :)

Café Vanille, café, coffee shop, Suomenlinna, Helsinki, Finland, travel, photography

Vintage coffee and chocolate cans as part of the decor

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Dessert anyone? Delicious Finnish cakes (I had creamy carrot cake yum-o)

Sign, words of wisdom, truth, quote, Café Vanille, café, coffee shop, Suomenlinna, Helsinki, Finland, travel, photography

This sign is right next to the cake display. Couldn’t help but capture it!  Do you agree? ;)

After spending some quality time, my internal clock was telling me it was time to head back to the hotel because I had traveled over 12 hours and it needed to rest (or shut down ;)

So we slowly made our way back to the ferry quay but stopped briefly at the visitor center which was on the way.

Suomenlinna Visitor Center, Museum, Suomenlinna, Helsinki, Finland, travel, photography

Suomenlinna Visitor Center and Museum

Suomenlinna Visitor Center, Museum, Suomenlinna, Helsinki, Finland, travel, photography

Pretty in pink, the façade of the visitor center

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View of the sea

That was such a beautiful day trip and in great company! Trust me, it is definitely a must in any itinerary :)

No need to tell you that I was already smitten with Helsinki by then but that was just the beginning…only the tip of the iceberg.

There is more, so much more, so stay tuned ;)

How to get to Suomenlinna?

Helsinki Regional Transport Authority (HSL) operates ferries to and from Suomenlinna year round. It departs from Kauppatori or Market square and you can buy tickets from the vending machine or clerk. For more information you can check timetables and fares here.

Now over to you!

Have you been to an island where you went back in time?

If so where was it?

Tell me all about it in the comments and include links or photos!

Until next time,

K :)

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4 thoughts on “Visiting Suomenlinna Sea Fortress in Helsinki, Finland

  1. The building you called “Administrive” is actually the biggest wood-heated sauna on this planet… ;) Or at least that’s what the rumors tell! Hope you enjoyed Your stay, and please come again!

    PS. Can I use that pic for the facebook-landmark of the sauna? It seems not to have a picture.

    • Oh wow, the biggest sauna? One could never guess from the outside!

      The one thing i wish I had tried is the whole Finnish sauna experience. I was short on time but hope next time i get the chance!

      My pic can be used as long as I get credit for it and refers back to my site where the original is found.

      Tag me or let me know once it’s done! Kiitos ;)

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