Sea Fortress Suomenlinna

Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, Helsinki: Hours, Address, Sea Fortress Suomenlinna Reviews: 4.5/5

Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
4.5
Military Museums • Historic Sites • Castles • Military Bases & Facilities
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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B T
London, UK705 contributions
Very nice day
May 2021
There is lots to do here, you can take the ferry from Market square (8 euros for a day ticket, takes 15 mins). The ferries are running back and forward all day so you don't have to wait long for a ferry. On the islands there are many old buildings, some museums and old fortifications that you can walk around. It's especially nice in the summer months.
Written May 30, 2021
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Pipsa
2 contributions
Place to go for a summer picnic!
Aug 2020
Best place for a picnic! Also very nice restaurants here...
When it is a sunny summer day, I always go to Suomenlinna! Prepare to spend the whole day here ;-)
Written May 27, 2021
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WorldTravelSince1995
21 contributions
A place to visit if in Helsinki in summertime
Dec 2020 • Family
A special hint if you play Pokemon Go: a lot of rare Pokemons on the island. Also, has all the qualities of a great day trip destination: swimming, history, good resturants, picnic if you want, small castle caves to explore, nature... Love the place!
Written December 30, 2020
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Laura
Helsinki, Finland6 contributions
A day trip to Suomenlinna as a school assignment
Dec 2020
We had a pleasant day trip to Suomenlinna. This was our school assignment, and we chose to visit the Sea Fortress as a visit&observe task. On the day we visited the attraction, the weather was pretty harsh because it was raining and snowing, which made the air very cold. Because it is winter and we are Finns, we are used to this kind of weather, as it really didn’t bother our experience. We have visited the place also during summer, and it is a wonderful, breathtaking attraction, which we highly recommend to everybody.

Because the COVID-19 is still shaking the world and the situations in every country, it was expected that the Sea Fortress would have places fully closed as well. Even despite the COVID-19 situation, we really had a wonderful visit, and we enjoyed the attraction! :)))

We recommend every single Finn or a foreign visitor to go and experience Suomenlinna themselves and support the local businesses, as well as the attractions!
Written December 9, 2020
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Dear ilmolaura, Thank you for your extensive review with useful trips for other visitors and travellers! When visiting the fortress in autumn or winter, it is important to dress in layers and to wear wind- and waterproof clothes, plus comfortable shoes. As you mentioned, you can visit Suomenlinna any time of the year, while the visiting experience then is always different. Suomenlinna is also a destination of historical significance, as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Suomenlinna ferry operates all year round, and you can take it from Helsinki Market Square, opposite the Presidential Palace.. We are able to offer a safe visiting experience within the current COVID-19 situation. Welcome soon again to Suomenlinna to enjoy the atmosphere,sightseeing and perhaps a good cup of coffee or tasty meal! You can check the opening hours for the services in the opening hours calendar on our website. Best regards, Annamaria/ Suomenlinna Tourist Information
Written December 10, 2020
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uttnoT
Southern Finland, Finland102 contributions
Just a 15min ferry ride away from the hart of Helsinki
May 2020 • Friends
Do youself a favour and escape the rush of Helsinki to the island of Suomenlinna; an Unesco heritage island with a sea fortress. This place is awesome for a summer evening picnic, a walk in the winter with a coffee or even for a bike road. Though I must say wear good shoes when walking around it as the paths are a bit rough at times. Take your times and explore the spots outside the paths to find unique locations for great photos unlike anywhere else. The only reason for not giving it full stars is the lack of services like toilets, showers etc. Sidenote: they do have unique venues for events and even a brewery as well as the southest beach in Finland.
Written November 2, 2020
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Dear uttnoT, Thank you for your review! Nice to hear that you enjoyed your visit to Suomenlinna sea fortress. You can visit Suomenlinna all year round and the experience is always different depending on the season. When visiting in autumn or winter, remember to dress in layers and to wear comfortable walking shoes. Walking is the best way to get around the fortress since the footpaths in Suomenlinna are paved with cobblestones, gravel or sand and the uneven sections cannot be avoided completely. When exploring Suomenlinna, we recommend following the blue route. This walking route takes you through the fortress and shows you the key sights. If you want to learn more about the history, you can visit some of the museums. In order to get the most information on the services, it is a good idea to visit the Tourist Information office right at the beginning of your visit. There you can also get the brochure and visit the introductory exhibition about the history of the fortress. The Tourist Information office is located next to the main quay in Jetty Barracks. We hope to see you again in Suomenlinna and wish you a lovely winter! With best regards, Liisa / Suomenlinna Tourist Information
Written November 14, 2020
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Erika
Vastra Frolunda, Sweden13 contributions
Like the olden days
Oct 2020
Wow. Almost like a theme out of game of thrones. I loved this castle. The ferry over was nice. And many local with original crafts. Very cool to see.
Written October 30, 2020
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Dear SenoritaErika, Thank you for your review. Nice to hear that you enjoyed your visit to Suomenlinna sea fortress, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Suomenlinna ferry operates all year round, and you can catch it from Helsinki Market Square. If you want to learn more about the history, you can visit some of the museums. There are also galleries with exhibitions, and some shops with local arts and crafts. We have also many interesting events, especially in winter season. You can find more information in the opening hours and events calendar on our website. Hope to see you soon again in Suomenlinna! Best regards, Annamaria/ Suomenlinna Tourist Information
Written November 13, 2020
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Kathleen P
Cela, Portugal42 contributions
Interesting
Dec 2019 • Couples
Even in December we loved this place. We spent most of the day here as there is so much to see and so much history. It wasn’t too busy and just a wee bit chilly getting the ferry over to it.
Written October 19, 2020
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Dear P7726EJkathleenp, Thank you for your review. You can visit Suomenlinna all year round. The experience is always slightly different depending on the season. In winter there is peace and quiet and you might also be able to enjoy lovely winter scenery and snow. We recommend the blue route for walking and exploring the fortress. You can check this route in the visitor´s map which is available on our website. When visiting in autumn or winter, remember to dress in layers and to wear comfortable walking shoes. If you want to learn more about the history of this fortress which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, you can visit some of the museums. For example the Suomenlinna Museum stays open all year round. You can read more information and check the opening hours on our website. Hope to see you soon agan in Suomenlinna! Best regards, Annamaria/ Suomenlinna Tourist Information
Written November 13, 2020
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FiftyFifty5050
Montgomery, UK628 contributions
Interesting
Oct 2020
We visited the Suomenlinna Sea Fortress way out of season and that is the reason for my rating which, I am sure, would be far higher if we had seen the island either in summer, when a picnic and a wander would have been great and all the museums, cafes and retail outlets would have been open; or in winter when snow would have added a magical quality.

The fortress is accessible via the ferry from the station near the Old Market and outdoor market. Ticket machines are located right next to the departure point and you can also use the day or multi-day travel tickets available for the Helsinki travel network., buying a single ticket from the machines was 2.8 Euros. As we were visiting in October and during Covid-19 the ferry and the island were both quiet.

The island is actually a series of islands connected via bridges and accommodates a naval training school plus residential accommodation. During high season there are a number of museums open, but these are closed during the Autumn/Winter.

The ferry crossing - less than ten minutes - is interesting for the view it gives back of the city and a number of tiny islands with buildings clinging to the rocks.

Well worth a visit.
Written October 16, 2020
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Dear FiftyFifty5050, Thank you for your review. The sea fortress, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, can be visited all year round and the experience is always slightly different. In autumn or winter, you can enjoy peace and quiet while admiring the nature in a historical background. Some of the museums plus many cafés and restaurants stay open in winter season too. You can check the daily opening hours in the opening hours and events calendar on our website. Moreover, in winter season we have interesting events which are updated regularly to our website. Suomenlinna ferry operates all year round too. You can catch it from Helsinki Market Square, opposite the Presidential Palace. When exploring the fortress, we recommend following the blue route. You can find this route in the visitor´s map that is available on our website. This route is well maintained and safe to walk along all year round. Just remember to wear good walking shoes! The ferry ride by the sea is indeed a unique experience, even more so in winter. Welcome back soon again to Suomenlinna! Best regards, Annamaria/ Suomenlinna Tourist Information
Written November 12, 2020
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OliwaVasicek
Helsinki, Finland426 contributions
Unique and somewhere I always take my visiting friends and family
Jul 2020
This is a must visit for any tourist to Helsinki: a nice brief ferry ride across the archipelago sea, and then a few hours spent exploring this lovely island with its historical walls and buildings and of course great own brewery. Excellent in the summer but also magical in the winter.
Written October 1, 2020
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Dear OliwaVasicek, Thank you for your nice review! Nice to hear that you enjoy visiting the fortress, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, all year round. It offers a different experience in all seasons. The recommended walking route for exploring the fortress, the blue route, is well maintained all year round. You can check this route in the visitor´s map which is available on our website. Suomenlinna ferry also operates all year round. You can catch it from Helsinki Market Square, opposite the Presidential Palace. There are many nice cafés and restaurants, including the brewery restaurant, where you can enjoy a treat or lunch/dinner. Many of these stay open in winter season too. You can read more about them and check the opening hours on our website. Hope to see you soon again in Suomenlinna! Best regards, Annamaria/ Suomenlinna Tourist Information
Written November 12, 2020
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Pilotofownlife
Helsinki, Finland74 contributions
One of our favorite place in Finland
Sep 2020 • Family
I think this is the nicest place in Finland. We live near of the Suomenlinna, but we visit very often there. History is very intresting, so you should check it out carefully so you can get more out of your visits.
Written September 27, 2020
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Dear Pilotofownlife. Thank you for your nice review. We are happy to hear that you share our I love Suomenlinna-spirit and visit the fortress often! Suomenlinna is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site with an interesting history. if you want to learn more about the history, you can visit one of the museums or join a guided walking tour. You can check the opening hours and our event calendar on our website for more information. For exploring the fortress, we recommend the blue route which shows you the key sights. You can find this route in the visitor´s map which is available on and can also be printed out from our website. Hope to see you soon again in Suomenlinna! Best regards, Annamaria/ Suomenlinna Tourist Information
Written November 12, 2020
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