Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
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  • Michael N
    82 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Just fantastic place
    This is a marvellous place to visit. We took a guided tour of 1.5 hours then explored other parts on our own. Stunning scenery, fascinating history told in great museums. We spent eight hours here and loved it all
    Dear Michael N, thank you for your lovely review! We are glad you enjoyed your visit to Suomenlinna. Joining a guided tour is indeed a great way to get to know the islands and the history of the fortress. If there are no guided tours available when you visit, we recommend that you follow the blue route to explore the islands and see the main sights. The blue route can be found from our online guide at guide.suomenlinna.fi There are six museums in Suomenlinna, each covering different fascinating topics. Opening hours for the museums and more information about them can be found from our website. Hope to see you again soon in Suomenlinna!
    Written 5 June 2023
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    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 June 2023
  • LostInTime
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania20,170 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Top spot
    This place is a top destination for a reason. It’s great. Lots of the fort is available to see. And they let you go almost everywhere. The old walls are massive. But the grounds are equally nice. This is a must see in Helsinki.
    Dear Flyingboy58, thank you for your review! We are glad to hear you enjoyed your visit to Suomenlinna. The fortifications and the islands themselves are indeed very impressive. To visit Suomenlinna responsibly, we recommend that you follow the blue route which takes you to all the main sights. The blue route is also a safe way to explore the islands as the fortress walls are kilometres long and mainly unfenced. The blue route can be found on maps in Suomenlinna and from our online guide at guide.suomenlinna.fi. Hope to see you again soon in Suomenlinna! Make sure to stop by the Suomenlinna visitor centre next to the ferry pier to get the best tips for your visit.
    Written 13 June 2023
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    Visited June 2023
    Travelled on business
    Written 11 June 2023
  • abmilw
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin661 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    something to do
    buy a boat ticket at the harbor before board and take ferry across to island. They run frequently and short ride to island. a lot of walking on island. nice views, some interesting history. Food eh - they have a few places/shops/museums to see when there. probably 2 hours or so depending. Glad we went, gave something to do. Ok with kids (but maybe not young ones) a lot of walking.
    Dear abmilw, thank you for your review! One can get to Suomenlinna on a ferry that is part of the public transport network in Helsinki, HSL. During the summer season, one can also hop on a water bus to get here. There are several cafés and restaurants in Suomenlinna, as well as six different museums that each cover different fascinating topics. More information about the services and sights in Suomenlinna can be found from our online guide at guide.suomenlinna.fi. To explore the old fortifications and beautiful islands, one should indeed wear good walking shoes. Hope to see you again soon in Suomenlinna! Make sure to stop by the Suomenlinna visitor centre next to the ferry pier to get the best tips for your visit.
    Written 13 June 2023
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    Visited April 2023
    Written 11 June 2023
  • Trebor5417
    Doncaster, United Kingdom491 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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 5 July 2023
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    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 July 2023
  • D P
    Wellington, New Zealand7,636 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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 9 July 2023
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    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 July 2023
  • Katie H
    Melbourne, Australia546 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    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 17 July 2023
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    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 July 2023
  • ken j
    Manalapan, New Jersey904 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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 21 July 2023
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    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 17 July 2023
  • amorace
    Minneapolis, Minnesota991 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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 27 July 2023
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    Visited July 2023
    Written 18 July 2023
  • RYC88
    Centreville, Virginia1,283 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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 27 July 2023
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    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 July 2023
  • BigMerk
    Glasgow, United Kingdom2,504 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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 27 July 2023
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    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 23 July 2023
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Tracey G
Halesowen, UK2,210 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Bought a ticket from the machine. Easy but interesting ! Had to help someone else to get their ticket. They must’ve thought I was a Finn!
Loads of people all rushed forwards when bout came. Great views on trip over
Went to visit centre to pick up a map Initially followed the blue path but soon ventured off this
Didn’t pay to go into the museums but loads of others were. I. Sure they we’re interesting but the day was too nice to be inside
A definite MUST when in Helsinki
Written 18 May 2024
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Swedishtomcat
Diss, UK4,349 contributions
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May 2024 • Couples
We bought a transport ticket (Zone AB will suffice), took the tram to the centre and jumped on the ferry (they go every 20 minutes) then went for a wander around this former naval fortress. It is a mere 1.5km walk to the furthest tip. There’s a church, museum, supermarket, homes and even a school (it’s inhabited). Plenty to explore for at least two hours (if not more).
Written 17 May 2024
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Dear Swedishtomcat, Thank you for your review! It's true that there are lots of places to explore in Suomenlinna. We recommend to follow the Blue route which goes through the main islands of the fortress via all the most important sights. By following the Blue route you can also respect the privacy of the residents living in Suomenlinna. Suomenlinna has approximately 800 inhabitants. Besides the historical sights and beautiful landscapes there are six museums in Suomenlinna which are all open in summer time. Additionally, we recommend to explore versatile restaurants and cafés in Suomenlinna. Welcome again!
Written 18 May 2024
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Lisa L
85 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
Fantastic day trip a short ferry ride away from Helsinki where you can really soak up the historic military fortifications and get great views of to the Baltic and back to Helsinki itself. Lots of picnic places of the weather is fine and so much to see.
Written 12 May 2024
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Dear Lisa L, Thank you for your review! We are happy to hear you had a wonderful day in Suomenlinna. It's true that Suomenlinna is amazing historical site but also a great place to enjoy the nature and the beautiful landscapes. There are also lovely restaurants and cafés in Suomenlinna which are definitely worth trying. Besides that, you can find six different museums from Suomenlinna with versatile exhibitions. Welcome again to Suomenlinna!
Written 17 May 2024
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Geoff B
Sydney, Australia217 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
This mid 1700's Swedish built fortress is a highlight of any Helsinki visit. A ferry leaves from the city's harbour-front (even in snow/ice bound weather) with a ticket machine (no cash) and warm waiting room. Ferry takes around 15 minutes to traverse the harbour. Check the Museum once at the island, get a map and then (recommended) you follow the "Blue Line". If you do the full walk to the outer-side (King's Gate etc) it takes around 2 slow (ice n' gravel) hours for the return trip (with plenty of stops for photos). About 2/3rds along the walk, is a Museum and shop/restaurant. Try the local Finnish meat pie ?? and an excellent "flat white" coffee.
Written 5 May 2024
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Dear deckchairtraveller, Thank you for your review and for visiting us! Nice to hear you have visited us in winter time when Suomenlinna has very unique atmosphere. We welcome the visitors to Suomenlinna every day throughout the year to see the wonderful characteristics of different seasons. When you arrive to Suomenlinna we recommend to visit our Visitor Centre to get the best tips for your trip in Suomenlinna. The Blue route indeed is the best way to see all the main sights in Suomenlinna, and the different museums. In summer time, all the six museums with different exhibitions are open. If you wish to have a break during your walk, there are also multiply different restaurants and cafés in Suomenlinna which we warmly recommend to explore. Welcome again to Suomenlinna!
Written 6 May 2024
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Al Makynen
Duluth, MN353 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
The views out into the harbor and gulf from the ramparts are worth the walk. Most of the streets are granite cobblestones, which can be tough on the feet and ankles.
You need at least two hours to take in just the basic sights. We had purchased an HSL multiple day transit pass (Areas ABC) which covers all modes of transportation including the ferry from Airport to Center City.
Written 2 May 2024
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Dear almP893SR, Thank you for your review and for visiting us! It's true that the historical streets of the fortress are not the easiest to walk and therefore it's always good to wear comfortable shoes when visiting Suomenlinna. By following the Blue route you can easily see all the main sights and the different islands of Suomenlinna. You can find the Blue route marked with blue line in all our maps. If you only need a ticket from Helsinki Market Square to Suomenlinna, you can buy AB ticket which is valid in HSL ferry to Suomenlinna and also in other public transportation in Helsinki city. In the summer you can also come to Suomenlinna by waterbus which takes you to the other side of Suomenlinna. The waterbus has a separate ticket so the HSL tickets are not valid. Welcome again to Suomenlinna!
Written 4 May 2024
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Shellbella19
Wodonga, Australia100 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
Wow….. what a day out! This place was so much fun to walk around! Be sure to go off the blue line (major attractions) and explore further. We found so many tunnels that turned out to be an adventure.
Very easy to get to with the ferry which is quick to get to the island (15 mins) and just explore for as long as you want.
Take some snack with you as you could be there for a few hours.
Written 14 April 2024
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Dear Shellbella19, thank you for your review, glad you enjoyed visiting Suomenlinna! To enjoy Suomenlinna with care, it is important to follow the blue route as it protects the historical architecture of the fortress and the sensitive environment of the islands. The blue route also respects the privacy of the islands’ residents and avoids fall hazards as well as places that are closed to the public. By following the blue route you will get a good overview of the three main islands and see all the important historical sights. There are six tunnels that are marked on our maps and we encourage you to explore them. However, it is important to watch your step and especially in the tunnels on the southernmost Kustaanmiekka island, you will need a flashlight and be careful not to bump your head as the tunnel ceilings are at times quite low. Like you mention, one can easily spend the whole day in Suomenlinna, exploring the islands and fortifications, visiting museums and enjoying tasty food and delicacies in the many cafes and restaurants on the islands. Welcome again to Suomenlinna!
Written 15 April 2024
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Barbs25
Staffordshire, UK3,572 contributions
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Apr 2024 • Couples
We had time spare after the main attractions of the city so got the ferry over. It’s u clouded in your transport day ticket and only takes 10 mins. Nice to get another view of the city from the water.
The island is nice to walk around, very quiet when we visited but some cafes and the visitor centre were open. Good place to spend an hour or maybe longer in the warmer months. K mart next to the ferry port there for snacks
Written 3 April 2024
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Dear Barbs25, thank you for your review. As you also mention, it is easy to get to Suomenlinna with the ferry that belongs to the local public transport network, in just about 10-15 minutes and all year round. The ferry ride is an essential part of the visit experience as you can enjoy the sea breeze and views of the city and archipelago. In winter there is often a chance to experience a ferry ride through icy waters. We recommend following the Blue route to explore the fortress and to discover its main historical sights. You can find this route in all our maps marked with a Blue line. Hope to see you again in Suomenlinna! Stop by Suomenlinna Visitor Centre next to the ferry pier to get the best tips of the day.
Written 9 April 2024
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betha720
La Costa, United States61 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Beautiful fortress. A short 10 min ferry ride to get to the island. We went through ice on the ferry which was different. Well worth the trip over. Takes about an hour to get there,visit, and get back. We enjoyed it.
Written 20 March 2024
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Dear betha720, thank you for your kind review! The Suomenlinna sea fortress has impressive architecture as well as beautiful landscapes and views over the sea. One can get to Suomenlinna easily on the HSL ferry, which is part of public transport. The trip from Helsinki's Market square to the sea fortress takes only some 15 minutes. The best way to explore the fortress is to follow the 1,5 km long blue route that takes you all the way to the King's gate on the southernmost island. There are also several museums, cafes and restaurants in Suomenlinna, so one can easily spend the day on the islands. Some of the services are only open during the summer season, but one can always check the up-to-date opening hours from our website at suomenlinna.fi. Welcome again to Suomenlinna!
Written 25 March 2024
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LeonVQuinn
Mohill, Ireland132 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Possibly not the best time of the year or day of the week (Sunday) to visit as it was mostly closed and bitterly cold but it was still class to see a world heritage site. It's one of the strangest places I've been with such a strange atmosphere. It kinda reminded me of a concentration camp or something. The military museum is well worth a visit as are the main fortress parts. We enjoyed the ferry trip over through the ice too!
Written 19 March 2024
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Dear LeonVQuinn, thank you for your review. During the winter, Suomenlinna has quite a calm and unique atmosphere, and it is important to dress warmly when visiting. A lot of the services in Suomenlinna are open also during winter, one can always check the up-to-date opening hours from our website at suomenlinna.fi. Suomenlinna is indeed a UNESCO world heritage site as a unique example of the military architecture of its time. The sea fortress has also been part of the defense of three different realms; Sweden, Russia and Finland. Nowadays Suomenlinna is a lively neighborhood of Helsinki with some 800 inhabitants. In addition to the military museum, it is worth visiting the Suomenlinna museum to learn about the history of the sea fortress. Welcome again!
Written 25 March 2024
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Ac646
406 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
The ferry ride was quick and easy

The island is lovely to walk around. Definitely worth the trip over
We didn’t visit any museums but we did stop jn a cafe for a mulled wine

Beware it is very icy this time of year!
Written 4 March 2024
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Dear 497em1, thank you for your kind review, we are happy to hear you enjoyed visiting Suomenlinna! Suomenlinna is indeed a great place for a stroll among historical architecture and with beautiful sea views. The best way to explore the islands is to follow the blue route, which is marked with blue signs and takes you to all the main sights. The public transport ferry operates to Suomenlinna all year round, and the 15-minute trip is a great way to admire views of Helsinki from the sea. It is especially important to follow the Blue route during winter as the route is maintained all year round, though it is still important to be careful and watch your step. Welcome again to Suomenlinna!
Written 5 March 2024
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