Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
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  • Trebor5417
    Doncaster, United Kingdom463 contributions
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    A short ferry trip back in time.
    After a short time on the ferry you embark in a place steeped in history. Obviously as a giant fortification it's military background for almost 200 yrs is worth soaking up. The museums are amazing with explanations in English and Swedish so made very easy to understand. You could easily spend all day here or fly around in a couple of hours. The visitors centre and many cafes keep you fed and watered.
    Dear Trebor5417, thank you for your review, glad you enjoyed your visit to Suomenlinna! Suomenlinna is a great place to learn about some of the important events in Finnish history while exploring the impressive fortification islands. As a unique example of the European military architecture of its time, Suomenlinna is also a Unesco world heritage site. There are six different museums in Suomenlinna. One can for example visit the Ehrensvärd museum, which is the house of the founder of the fortress, or the decommissioned submarine Vesikko. If one wants to take a break from exploring, there are indeed several restaurants and cafes on the islands. More information about the sights and services in Suomenlinna can be found from our online guide at guide.suomenlinna.fi. Welcome again to Suomenlinna!
    Written July 5, 2023
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    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 2, 2023
  • D P
    Wellington, New Zealand6,724 contributions
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    Fantastic day out in good weather
    What a fantastic place to go for the day or even half a day. Catch the ferry over and sit up top. It’s not far and relatively cheap. Walk around the expansive fortress and in the tunnels that run inside the big forts walls. With stunning sea vistas and plenty of places to stop for a drink, a meal or the loo it’s perfect for everyone. Clear easily marked paths make for a good day out.
    Dear 854DP, thank you for your kind review! We are very glad to hear you enjoyed your visit to Suomenlinna. The ferry trip to Suomenlinna, which takes some 15 minutes, is a great chance to take in views of Helsinki from the sea as well as smaller islands on the way. Suomenlinna offers a lot to see and explore, including the awesome fortifications, tunnels and beautiful nature. There are indeed a lot of services in Suomenlinna, including several restaurants and cafes, six museums and a shop selling local arts and handicrafts. To see all the main sights and explore the islands in a responsible way, we recommend that you follow the blue route, marked with blue signposts along the way. One can find the blue route and information about services and sights in Suomenlinna from our online guide at guide.suomenlinna.fi. Hope to see you again soon in Suomenlinna!
    Written July 9, 2023
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    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 5, 2023
  • Katie H
    Melbourne, Australia335 contributions
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    Visit in the morning for a quieter experience
    A stroll around the fortress is a lovely way to spend a morning. Views across the water are beautiful, and to garner a perspective on the way this island has been used - and continues to be - is interesting in understanding more about Helsinki and Finland. Some tips for your visit: Wearing good walking shoes here is helpful, particularly around the walls. There are many cobblestones and areas that are not easy to navigate for those with strollers / prams / wheelchairs, or those who may be unsteady on their feet. Plan to head out on a morning ferry to enjoy the island before the throngs. In the summer, the queues for the ferry at Market Square are long and it makes for many, many people on the island at once. Make sure to buy the Helsinki Card for your visit here (and the city in general), otherwise you’ll be paying an entry fee to each building on the island that you may wish to visit.
    Dear La_tiburona, thank you for your review! In Suomenlinna, one can spend the day exploring the sea fortress and beautiful islands. Exploring the fortress and islands is free, but the museums in Suomenlinna, excluding the Customs Museum, have an entry fee. The six museums in Suomenlinna include for example the Ehrensvärd museum, which is the house of the founder of the fortress, and the decommissioned submarine Vesikko. It is indeed important to wear good walking shoes and take into account that some roads on the islands are paved with cobblestones or may otherwise have difficult terrain. More information about the accessibility of Suomenlinna and a more accessible route can be found from our website at https://www.suomenlinna.fi/en/visitor/accessibility/. Hope to see you again soon in Suomenlinna! Stop by the Suomenlinna visitor centre next to the ferry pier to get the best tips for your visit.
    Written July 17, 2023
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    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 15, 2023
  • ken j
    Manalapan, New Jersey931 contributions
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    High point of Helsinki trip
    This island combined many excellent things. The ferry ride to it was nice and inexpensive. The walks around the island were historic. The museum is good, especially the video, not to be missed. the walk around the ramparts overlooking the water was spectacular. A snake crossed our path right in front of us, a real surprise. We had a great day here.
    Dear kenj531, Thank you for your lovely review! We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your visit to the sea fortress. Suomenlinna is truly a wonderful place to admire the beautiful archipelago nature and to explore Finnish history. The ferry trip is indeed an essential part of the fortress visit, and the ferries run all throughout the year! Like you said, The Suomenlinna Museum is a great place to learn more about the history of the fortress. Joining a guided tour is also a good option for that! We hope to see you again soon in Suomenlinna. Make sure to stop by at Suomenlinna Visitor Centre upon arrival, we will gladly give you some tips for your visit! Best regards, Anna/ Suomenlinna Visitor Centre
    Written July 21, 2023
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    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 17, 2023
  • amorace
    Minneapolis, Minnesota953 contributions
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    Fun place to visit
    Had a great trip across the bay and enjoyed our summer stroll to see the sites of the fort. great food places, nice trails, great spot close to Helsinki. We took the city pass / tram pass on a service vessel across the bay. I think we used our MPC card.. nobody ever checked it... saved money from going on the tourist boats
    Dear amorace, Thank you for reviewing us! It's truly lovely to hear that you had a pleasant visit to Suomenlinna. The sea fortress is indeed a great place to enjoy being outdoors, and there are several charming cafés and restaurants scattered around the islands. The best way to see the most important sights of Suomenlinna is to follow the Blue Route. The Blue Route is also a safe and responsible way to explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Find the route and more information about Suomenlinna from our online guide at guide.suomenlinna.fi. The HSL ferry is indeed a nice and easy way to reach Suomenlinna, and the short sea trip is a lovely experience in itself! The ferry is a part of the local public transport system, and you can hop on it all year round! During the summer season, one can also arrive by waterbus. Welcome again soon to the fortress! Stop by at Suomenlinna Visitor Centre to get the best tips! Best regards, Anna/ Suomenlinna Visitor Centre
    Written July 27, 2023
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    Visited July 2023
    Written July 18, 2023
  • RYC88
    Centreville, Virginia1,315 contributions
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    So fun to explore!
    It's hard to add anything to what everyone else has written about this place. It is definitely a must-do in Helsinki and it definitely takes at least three hours to get the most of the island. Don't miss going to the dry dock, which was one of the biggest in the world when it was built. It looks like you can't walk around, because it's a working area, but you can and should. The museum is great and the introductory video is very helpful, but the joy is walking all over the island, through all the fort entrances and tunnels and on the bastions and bulwarks and by the cannons and the King's Gate. The ferry over is nice and there are departures a few times an hour - just check the schedule before you go.
    Dear RYC88, thank you very much for your review and recommendation! We are happy to hear that you enjoyed everything from the ferry trip and the Suomenlinna Museum to exploring the fortifications on foot. One can indeed easily spend the entire day at the fortress getting to know the historical sights and enjoying the services of museums, cafés and restaurants. The Suomenlinna dry dock is indeed an impressive sight to see. The dry dock area itself is not accessible to the public, but one can observe the dock operations from the observation deck, located near the Great Courtyard. You can find your way to all the sights with the help of Suomenlinna online guide at guide.suomenlinna.fi. We are also always happy to help at Suomenlinna Visitor Centre, which is located right next to the ferry pier. The Blue Route is the absolute best way to see all the main sights of Suomenlinna. It is important to stay on marked routes while walking around the islands. This way we can all participate in protecting the unique architecture and beautiful archipelago nature of UNESCO World Heritage Site Suomenlinna! We hope to see you again soon at the fortress! Best regards, Anna/ Suomenlinna Visitor Centre
    Written July 27, 2023
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    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 19, 2023
  • BigMerk
    Glasgow, United Kingdom2,306 contributions
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    Great visit to a series of connected islands with lots to see
    We caught the ferry from the market square to the fortress. There were 3 ferries per hour so not too long to wait if you miss one. Tickets are required and available from machines on the dockside. The journey is about 10 minutes. On Soumenlinna you have lots of choices. There are a few museums, a church or just a great walk. We visited the cannons defending the port with great views and there is an old submarine. It was a thoroughly enjoyable visit and we didn’t pay anything except the ferry journey. Some of the museums have fees to enter but we didn’t really have the time.
    Dear BigMerk, thank you for your review, glad you enjoyed your visit to Suomenlinna! One can get to Suomenlinna easily on the HSL ferry which leaves from the Market square and is part of public transport. The ferry journey to Suomenlinna, which takes some 15 minutes, is a great opportunity to admire views of Helsinki from the sea. There is a lot to see in the historical sea fortress. To see all the main sights, we recommend that you follow the blue route, which takes you through the three main islands, all the way to the impressive King's gate and the bastion fortifications on Kustaanmiekka island. Kustaanmiekka island also has big sand embankments with old cannons and stunning sea views. There are six museums in Suomenlinna, including the decommissioned submarine Vesikko. All of the museums, apart from the Customs museum, have an entry fee, but exploring the fortress and the islands is free. One can also visit the Suomenlinna church, which is simultaneously also a lighthouse, for a small entry fee. More information about the sights and services in Suomenlinna can be found from our online guide at guide.suomenlinna.fi. Welcome again to Suomenlinna!
    Written July 27, 2023
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    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 23, 2023
  • Johanna K
    23 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great historical place, also for relaxing or for adventure
    We went in July, so it was probably the most popular time of the year. There were so many tourists, that we Finns felt like we were suddenly abroad. Transportation and facilities worked well, so don't be alarmed if you see a huge crowd. Suomenlinna is spacious, so if you want, it's easy to get out of the crowds as well. I recommend you take your time to explore Suomenlinna. The fortress has many passages inside the walls, so if possible, take a good flashlight with you and go on a adventure! This is fun with kids too. When exploring the islands, it's important to remember that people live there and some areas are private. Private areas are marked.
    Dear johannakQ9920EN, Thank you very much for your review. Suomenlinna is indeed a great destination for history enthusiasts, families or those who just want to enjoy the unique atmosphere of the fortress. The transportation and the services on the islands do indeed work smoothly, and Suomenlinna can be visited all year round! Like you said, Suomenlinna is home to about 800 people, so in order to respect the privacy of the residents, one should follow marked routes. The best route for seeing the main sights in a responsible way is the Blue Route, which can be found on the maps of Suomenlinna, and from Suomenlinna online guide. Taking a flashlight is a great tip if you want to explore the tunnels inside the fortress walls! See you again soon in Suomenlinna! Best regards, Anna / Suomenlinna Visitor Centre
    Written August 8, 2023
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    Visited July 2023
    Written July 27, 2023
  • Kristen T
    Stuttgart, Germany813 contributions
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    Nice place for a stroll
    While stopped in Helsinki for a cruise, we ventured on our own to the Sea Fortress. It was a great place to walk around. Due to the Midsummer holiday, some things were closed or had reduced hours. Despite that, we had an enjoyable kind walking the designated route (well-marked), stopping at the museum cafe and dipping our toes in the sea.
    Dear kmthoennes222, Thank you for giving us a review! It's lovely to hear that you had a nice time exploring the sea fortress during Midsummer. Suomenlinna online guide is a great tool to have with you while walking along the Blue Route, and from there one can also check the opening hours to all the services! The feature is very useful especially during holidays like Midsummer. Take a look at Suomenlinna online guide at guide.suomenlinna.fi. The Blue Route, marked with blue signposts, is indeed the best way to see the historical sights of Suomenlinna. The museums, cafés, restaurants etc. are also worth trying and experiencing. Welcome again soon to the fortress. See you at Suomenlinna Visitor Centre, where we are happy to give you the best tips for your visit! Best regards, Anna / Suomenlinna Visitor Centre
    Written August 17, 2023
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    Visited June 2023
    Written July 31, 2023
  • T K
    Limerick, Ireland399 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great way to spend a day
    We had an enjoyable time and the weather on Monday was also great so we got to do plenty of walking and thanks to having the Helsinki card we also got to experience most of the museums too and I personally enjoyed the Submarine and Military Museums. If you are going with a family then I would advise you to bring your own food and drinks and have a picnic and there is plenty of space to do your own thing if desired. The journey is only 15 minutes to the island and that trip was also enjoyable so this was definitely one of my favourite activities to do in Helsinki and its history is fascinating.
    Dear T K, Thank you for your nice review. Lovely to hear that you enjoyed your day trip to Suomenlinna fortress. The total of 6 museums operating in Suomenlinna all offer indeed interesting museum exhibitions. Submarine Vesikko showcases exciting interiors of a Finnish made submarine used in Second World War battles. To learn more about the interesting history of the fortress, visit the Suomenlinna Museum which stays open all year round. If you don't have a Helsinki card, then tickets to museums can be bought online from Suomenlinna Shop or at the museums. On a warm summer day Suomenlinna offers lovely spots for a family picnic as you say. Additionally, there is a good selection of cafés and restaurants for every taste and budget. Please find opening hours for them in the opening hours calendar on our website. As you also mention, the sea journey to the fortress is very quick, only 15 minutes. The Suomenlinna ferry operates all year round so it is easy to visit Suomenlinna any time. The sea journey is a unique part of the visiting experience. Welcome soon again to Suomenlinna! Stop by Suomenlinna Visitor Centre next to the main ferry pier, to get the best tips of the day. Best regards, Annamaria/ Suomenlinna Visitor Centre
    Written August 27, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Written August 1, 2023
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Mikael F
Helsinki, Finland31,244 contributions
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Jul 2020
This fortress is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Finland. It is a must-see place when the weather is good.

The fortress consisting of several islands has six kilometers of walls, 100 cannons, several museums, beautiful parks, cafes, restaurants, and one grocery store. There is also one small beach. It is an excellent picnic spot.

The fortress is easily accessed all year by public transport (HSL) ferry from Market Square. The travel time is 15 minutes and the adult ticket costs 2,80 euros. The easiest way to buy tickets is through the HSL app. There can be queues for the ticket vending machines.
Written July 28, 2020
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Jen B
Silver Spring, MD86 contributions
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Feb 2022
I took the ferry out to Suomenlinna, went about the open museums (limited in winter) and hiked around the fortress. There are several things open, but not as extensively as during the summer. The sun was out, but there were gale force winds hitting the island the day I was there, and the ice on the ramparts turned some things into a skating rink. The museum / shop complex for the UNESCO site is ok--but was really only worth the 8Euro entrance because we also got tea / coffee at the shop. There could definitely be more explanatory materials and signs near key points in the fortress itself, particularly when other areas and interpretation are not available in winter.
Written February 28, 2022
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Dear redmed2000, Thank you for your feedback. We are sorry to hear that you faced some challenges when visiting Suomenlinna. Even though Suomenlinna is a great destination in every season, the wintery weather conditions on the islands might make the visit sometimes challenging. Especially this winter has made the streets extremely slippery. Thus, before heading to Suomenlinna, it is always good to check first the weather and the wind forecast. Windproof clothes and proper shoes are essentials even in summer. Although there are more services offered during the summer season some of the museums and restaurants stay open all year round. We can definitely admit that the signs by the main blue route are limited at the moment and we are currently working on with the fact. Anyhow, it is truly important for us to have some constructive feedback so that we can improve our services. Hope to see you soon again in Suomenlinna, maybe in the summer next time! Best regards, Elisa/Suomenlinna Tourist Information
Written March 1, 2022
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Mark S
Scottsdale, AZ205 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Couples
Must visit this UNESCO world heritage site of a fortress in Helsinki south harbor across several islands which was built by the Swedes in the 18th and 19th centuries to unsuccessfully prevent Russia from capturing Finland. It is a remarkable piece of engineering, architecture and history. Visit the several museums on the connected islands. There are also fortifications, barracks, residences (people live there full time), church, workshops, shops, cafes and restaurants. You will need at least half a day to visit and will take a 15 minute scenic ferry ride starting at Market Square but the ferry convenienty runs all day starting very early and ending late in the evening because people live there. Children who are into forts and guns will enjoy. Younger children will have the chance to run around to their hearts content.
Written January 15, 2020
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Dear M6281VPmarks, Thank you for your nice review with useful tips for other visitors. We recommend the blue line route for exploring the fortress safely. This route takes you through the fortress and shows you the main sights. You can check it on the visitor´s map that is available on our website. Children should not wander about on their own or climb on the fortifications. There is a risk of falling, and plants in the summer and snow in the winter may hide the edge of a cliff. Suomenlinna ferry operates all year round, so you can visit the fortress any time. It leaves from Helsinki Market Square, opposite the Presidential Palace. You can check the current ferry schedule on our website. Hope to see you soon again in Suomenlinna! Best regards, Annamaria/ Suomenlinna Tourist Information
Written January 16, 2020
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eVe 🇸🇬🇸🇬🇸🇬
Singapore, Singapore1,208 contributions
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Mar 2020 • Couples
Not worth going in winter as most museums were closed. We were there mid March and due to COVID-19, all museums were closed. There are locals staying in the island so not completely a tourist attraction which gives an authentic feel. The King's Gates is near the sea so it was very cold and windy. Do bring a wind proof jacket.

You could use the HSL pass on the ferry to the island.
Written March 21, 2020
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Hello Eve420 and thank you for your review. We are sorry to hear that your visit to Suomenlinna happened in such a bad time, during the corona virus. For now, almost all services are closed as you mentioned, but the fortress is still open for visitors to come and enjoy a walk around the historical islands. However, the guidelines can change very quickly, so in order to stay up to date with the regulations concerning visiting Suomenlinna, it is best to check on Suomenlinna's website before planning a visit here. Normally during the winter there are multiple museums open, as well as other services. As you mentioned, a wind proof jacket is essential when visiting the fortress in the winter or spring time. It is often a bit colder and windier here on the islands than on mainland Helsinki. We wish you a nice spring and hope to see you again in Suomenlinna. Best regards, Taru / Suomenlinna Tourist Information
Written March 22, 2020
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ShiningSchnee
Hong Kong, China2,022 contributions
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Jan 2020 • Friends
The constructions on the island are testimonies to the intriguing history of Finland, Sweden & Russia. We had a guided tour and learnt a great deal about the history, community and landscape of everything. Great day out from Helsinki!
Written January 27, 2020
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Dear ShiningSchnee, Thank you for your review. Nice to hear that you enjoyed your day out in the fortress which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can also visit some of the museums if you want to learn more about the history. For example the Suomenlinna Museum is open all year round. You can check the opening hours on our website in the opening hours and events calendar. You can join a guided walking tour starting from the Suomenlinna Museum all year round, in winter season at weekends and in summer season daily. You can read more information on our website. Hope to see you soon again in Suomenlinna! Best regards, Annamaria/ Suomenlinna Tourist Information
Written January 30, 2020
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Toby L
Calne, UK411 contributions
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Feb 2020 • Friends
One of the most open plan, expansive, real and interesting living museums I’ve been to.

The extensive network of catacombs are there for you to explore at your leisure, take a torch! And watch your footings! But wow is this real exploring!

We were staying at our friends in Espoo, and for €2.80 on a standard A/B ticket we got a train and a tram and a ferry all the way to Suomenlinna, not a bad price indeed!!

€5 for a local beer and we went for a stroll and just explored every nook and cranny. There’s so much to do here, and I bet it truly comes alive in summer, but then I guess the crowds might also taint the beauty of this place.

I can’t recommend this highly enough, such a cheap day out, but such a valuable one!
Written February 29, 2020
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Hello tobyl325 and thank you for your positive review! We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed your visit to Suomenlinna. Also, thank you for pointing out the value for money. As you mentioned, the ferry to Suomenlinna is part of Helsinki region's public transport, so it is included in your travel ticket. Great to hear you have also enjoyed the local beer from Suomenlinna Brewery! The tasty beers can be enjoyed in most of the restaurants and cafes around the fortress. We wish you a wonderful spring and hope to see you again in Suomenlinna! With best regards, Taru / Suomenlinna Tourist Information
Written March 7, 2020
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Katie H
Melbourne, Australia563 contributions
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Jul 2023 • Couples
A stroll around the fortress is a lovely way to spend a morning. Views across the water are beautiful, and to garner a perspective on the way this island has been used - and continues to be - is interesting in understanding more about Helsinki and Finland.

Some tips for your visit:

Wearing good walking shoes here is helpful, particularly around the walls. There are many cobblestones and areas that are not easy to navigate for those with strollers / prams / wheelchairs, or those who may be unsteady on their feet.

Plan to head out on a morning ferry to enjoy the island before the throngs. In the summer, the queues for the ferry at Market Square are long and it makes for many, many people on the island at once.

Make sure to buy the Helsinki Card for your visit here (and the city in general), otherwise you’ll be paying an entry fee to each building on the island that you may wish to visit.
Written July 16, 2023
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Dear La_tiburona, thank you for your review! In Suomenlinna, one can spend the day exploring the sea fortress and beautiful islands. Exploring the fortress and islands is free, but the museums in Suomenlinna, excluding the Customs Museum, have an entry fee. The six museums in Suomenlinna include for example the Ehrensvärd museum, which is the house of the founder of the fortress, and the decommissioned submarine Vesikko. It is indeed important to wear good walking shoes and take into account that some roads on the islands are paved with cobblestones or may otherwise have difficult terrain. More information about the accessibility of Suomenlinna and a more accessible route can be found from our website at https://www.suomenlinna.fi/en/visitor/accessibility/. Hope to see you again soon in Suomenlinna! Stop by the Suomenlinna visitor centre next to the ferry pier to get the best tips for your visit.
Written July 17, 2023
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Febrina valentin Salatananda
Batam, Indonesia61 contributions
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Jun 2019 • Family
First time i visited this place. To get here, we depart by boat from Helsinki City Transportation ferries, which run daily from Market Square. During the wintertime ferries leave from Market Square once an hour and during summer more frequently. Its only about 20 minutes and then weve arrived at Suomenlinna sea fortress.
Written February 4, 2020
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Hello febrinav1488 and thank you for your review! We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your first time in Suomenlinna! In the winter it is a good idea to check the ferry schedules beforehand, for example through our website, since the ferries run less frequently than in the summer. The ferries operate from 6 am all the way til past midnight, 2 AM, all year round! We wish you a wonderful spring and hope to see you again in Suomenlinna! Best regards, Taru / Suomenlinna Tourist Information
Written February 9, 2020
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Emily G
4 contributions
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Jun 2022
Suomenlinna is a beautiful and unique place to visit in Finland. It has a long military history can be learned through both the numerous museums and available tours. I went with my father and he really enjoyed the Military Museum of Finland. I love hiking and very much enjoyed walking around the islands, there are a lot of off-the-path places you can visit with great views. We did an English tour which was very nice and gave us even more insight into the island. Most people recommend going at least half a day, but if you wanted to do everything I would recommend a full day.
Written June 17, 2022
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Dear emilygC764CB, Thank you for your great feedback! Happy to hear you have enjoyed your visit in Suomenlinna. Guided tours are definitely a good way to learn about the fascinating history of the fortress. Besides that, you can learn about Suomenlinna's history in Suomenlinna Museum and Ehrensvärd Museum. Military Museum is a great place to learn about the military history of Finland. In addition, you can find Vesikko Submarine, Customs Museum and Toy Museum from Suomenlinna. You can easily spend the whole day when exploring the fortress. We recommend to take the blue route which goes across the islands via all the main sights. Also, the various restaurants and cafés in Suomenlinna are definitely worth trying. Hope to see you again in Suomenlinna! Kind regards, Salla/ Suomenlinna Tourist Information
Written July 19, 2022
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Edsurash
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia1,636 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
The island is a nice place to explore and to get to know a little about Finnish History.

It cost €4.50 for a one way ferry trip and the ride is less then 20 minutes. The ferry leaves once in every 40 minutes.

Exploring the island should not take you more then 3 hours.

Most of the restaurants there require reservations if you are going there on the weekend or public holidays so be mindful of this if you are planning to have a meal there however there’s a grocery store on the island where you can pick up supplies if you plan to have a picnic here.

The church on the island is simple and beautiful and there are a few spots where you can enjoy beautiful sun sets.

There’s a lot a beer brewing on the island which I did not visit.

Worth the visit especially in the summer if you want a break from Helsinki city.
Written January 8, 2023
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Dear O5155SOeds, Thank you for giving us a review. Suomenlinna sea fortress has indeed a rich and interesting history that has played an important role in the defence history of three realms: Sweden, Finland and Russia. You can learn more about the history by visiting the Suomenlinna Museum where a short film in different languages is also shown. Alternatively, you can join a guided walking tour. These guided tours are organised regularly. We recommend following the blue route for exploring the fortress and seeing its main historical sights. This route is about 1.5 kilometres long. There are many nice cafés and restaurants that cater for different tastes and budgets. You can check their daily opening hours in our online guide. Usually you can find a nice restaurant to enjoy lunch or dinner even without reservation. One of these restaurants is a brewery restaurant where some of their locally produced beer is brewn in the premises. It is easy to visit Suomenlinna in all seasons as Suomenlinna ferry operates all year round. Changing seasons and weather are part of the charm of Suomenlinna. In winter the atmosphere is peaceful and calm. Many events are also organised in winter season. Hope to see you soon again in Suomenlinna! Stop by Suomenlinna Tourist Information at the Jetty Barracks to get the best tips of the day for your visit. Best regards, Annamaria/ Suomenlinna Tourist Information
Written January 31, 2023
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