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Fortress of Suomenlinna
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Reviewed August 23, 2009

Suomenlinna is a great place to spend a few hours. The boats from Helsinki Market Square usually leave every 20 min and the journey time is 15 min. Once at the islands, it is a 500m walk to the visitor center. Guided tours in english begin at 11AM and 2PM in the summer months. You must take the guided tour. The fortress was interesting on its own, but the tour guide really explained what everything was and the history behind it. However, be prepared to walk a bit (maybe a total of 1.5 miles).

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Reviewed July 28, 2009

Was in Helsinki in May 2009. Friends took us out to Suomenlinna (The Island Fortress). It was actually a good day out. I would never suggest going there in bad weather. The boat ride to the island was quick, smooth and different. We then spent about 1.5-2 hours walking around at a very leaisurely pace, stopping to read things, walk through 'caves' and take photos. There is a little shop on the island and you can buy food/drinks and I think I recall a brewery - which we didnt get to. Good day out, not a 'must see' but if you have a spare day and fancy a bit of a walk then definately go.

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Reviewed April 24, 2009

It is said that there is nothing else to see in Helsinki, but Suomenlinna and Tallinn, the Estonian capital city. I am a Finn and Ive worked in Suomenlinna Naval Academy and seen the museums and swam in the sea with the waves risen in Kustaanmiekansalmi by passing cruise ships. Here is what you should do: Take a ferry from Kauppatori for around 2 euros, the ticket is good for return in 1 hour but you might enjoy yourself there for much longer, so be prepared to pay a ticket back and dont hurry. Best time to visit is summertime when all the museums are open and its warm and nice but winter can be an experience as the ferry goes around the year through the ice and can be quite cool.

Kauppatori ferry arrives at the ISO MUSTASAARI main dock and next to the underpassage u can grab your first ice-cream from the kiosk there. You can take a glimpse to the PIKKU MUSTASAARI naval academy courtyard to possibly see some soldiers and the SEA MINE MUSEUM in the academy. If not interested, then just walk through the undertunnel past the church to SOTAMUSEO MANEESI / MANEESI MILITARY MUSEUM, you can get to these museums free with the Helsinki card or you can buy a combined ticket for all of them. Maneesi a great with tanks and gun and war history, even better than the national war museum or the reserve officer school war museum in hamina... After then descent to the lovely wooden bridge into SUSISAARI where starts the real FORTRESS OF SUOMENLINNA fortifications. Walk thought the fortifications and possibly grab a beer or an icecream and head south for KustaanMiekka and go by the sea shore on your right, climb the hills to see the cannons and nice views.. As you reach Kustaanmiekka, you can see the Santahamina military area on the opposite shore and you might even catch a glimpse of the passing cruise ships that make huge waves on the passing. You can climb down and swim in there if youy are not afraid. Any rocks in Kustaanmiekka are good for swimming. Continue climbing the fortifications on the shoreline until you reach KUNINKAAN PORTTI / KING'S GATE and move along to RANNIKKOTYKISTÖMUSEO / COASTAL ARTILLERY MUSEUM for real wartime cannons and stories attached to them in metal plates. Read up for some stunning war stories. Continue the shore and you should reach SUKELLUSVENE VESIKKO / SUBMARINE VESIKKO resting on the shore before you come back to the wooden bridge.

After that you can either stop for some frisbee/swimmin/ice cream/sights/look at the tunnels on the fortifications.

Skip the suomenlinna museum itself unless you need tourist information and bring a small but powerful flashlight if you plan to go extreme and go into the fortifications, they can be real dark because there are no lights.


thats the order of the day! Remember to pick up some strawberries and "muikut" (small fish ready to eat with garlic sauce) from KAUPPATORI.

Museums are open summer time(12.5. - 31.8) weekdays from 1100-1800 so get there early! Just about no-one visits the museums so you should have a blast in them!

go here for map: viapori.fi/sulake/kartta_fin.jpg

5 stars, baby.

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Reviewed November 28, 2008

Even on a freezing cold, somewhat rainy day, in mid November this fortress is really worth a visit. The trip across the harbour on the boat is lovely. The sheer sizeof the fortress and fortifications are amazing. On Sundays there is a guided tour in English (I think it was about 2.30 p.m.) and around 25 people were there on the day I went. This gives you a really good idea of the history of the fortress and the guide was very knowledgable and her English was perfect. Bar by the jetty does very good hot chocolate which was much appreciated whilst waiting for the next boat.

Handy hint - if you buy a 24 hour travel ticket at 6 euros this includes the cost of the ferry.

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Reviewed October 2, 2008

The island is definitely worth visiting! It has beautiful gardens and places to sit down, enjoy the view of the Gulf of Finland and have a nice picnic. There are multiple cafes also if you want to eat indoors. The Sounmenllina Museum is not worth it, it is really small and expensive. You should plan to be there for at least a couple of hours just to be able to walk around the entire island.

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