Sea Fortress Suomenlinna

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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
4.5
Military Museums • Historic Sites • Castles • Military Bases & Facilities
00:00 - 23:59
Monday
00:00 - 23:59
Tuesday
00:00 - 23:59
Wednesday
00:00 - 23:59
Thursday
00:00 - 23:59
Friday
00:00 - 23:59
Saturday
00:00 - 23:59
Sunday
00:00 - 23:59
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ph1996
Lymington, UK25 contributions
Great day out
Nov 2021
Such a great day out, we spontaneously got the ferry over so had nothing planned when we arrived. Luckily, right outside the ferry drop off there is a tourist information centre, the lovely ladies in there were very informative and gave us a map with a trial so we could see everything worth seeing on the island whilst avoiding the residential areas. We easily spent at least 3 hours on the island, including a stop for coffee and cake and then a beer. A great way to get your daily steps in! Everyone on the island was very friendly, it was super cold but luckily we were well prepared.

Would highly recommend a trip to Suomenlinna if you are in Helsinki!
Written 25 November 2021
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Dear ph1996, Thank you for your nice review with good tips for other travellers, and for your feedback and lovely comments too! Happy to hear that you enjoyed exploring the fortress along the recommended blue route and found it a good way to see places of interest. Suomenlinna is indeed a great choice for spending some time outdoors and to take a walk in beautiful nature and historical surroundings. Hope to see you soon again in Suomenlinna! Best regards, Annamaria/ Suomenlinna Tourist Information
Written 1 December 2021
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Rafael C
5 contributions
Nice quiet island to visit
Nov 2021
Nice and quiet place with wonderful views but better for spring or summer. There is a cheap ferry tickey for 2.80 euros valid for 80 mins but I recomment the day-pass (8 euros) as 80 mins is a bit short for visiting all the island (there 4 small islands connected by bridges) and if you get lost in one place you will need more time. Also, good spend time relaxing with a beer or coffee. However, some parts have a lot of big stones which is hard to walk. In winter I would say visit it from 11:00 to 14:00 or 15:00, as after that it could be cold.
Written 15 November 2021
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Dear G6445BNrafaelc, Thank you for visiting us and giving a review. Happy to hear that you enjoyed your visit to the island. You can explore the fortress all year round. Each season has a different character. When visiting in winter season, do remember to dress warmly in layers. Suomenlinna ferry is part of the local public transport network and it operates every day of the year. The day pass is a great option because in addition to the ferry it also includes getting around with buses, trams etc. The best way to explore the fortress is to follow the blue route. We recommend using our online guide to make the most out of your visit. Hope to see you soon again in Suomenlinna! Best regards, Annamaria/ Suomenlinna Tourist Information
Written 1 December 2021
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Jules B
Ormskirk, UK194 contributions
Great do it yourself day trip
Nov 2021 • Friends
Late decision to do this trip but so glad we did. Spent several hours in the cold walking the islands to take in the architecture and history.

No need to do an expensive organised tour - just walk to the harbour and get the tickets at 2.80 Euro each way per person. Ferry takes 15 mins and runs regularly even on the winter schedule.
Written 11 November 2021
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Dear 66julesb, Thank you for visiting us and giving a review. Happy to hear that you enjoyed your day exploring the islands. To learn more about the history, we recommend visiting the Suomenlinna museum. Suomenlinna ferry operates all year round and is part of the local public transport network. The best way to see the fortress and its main sights is to follow the blue route. Use our online guide to make the most out of your visit! Hope you get a chance to visit Suomenlinna again soon! Best regards, Annamaria/ Suomenlinna Tourist Information
Written 1 December 2021
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Karla T
8709511576 contributions
Lovely place
Sep 2021
Lovely place to spend a day. It is perfectly signaled, you won't get lost, the museum and souvenirs' shop is beautiful and very interesting. It is very windy, do bring appropriate clothing.
We could not see the Church because it was under renovations, but anyhow, the whole island is worth every minute.
Written 8 November 2021
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Richard K
Amsterdam, The Netherlands1,671 contributions
Excellent
Oct 2021 • Friends
Phenomenal place. Amazing that it is “lived in” and not just a museum. Very interesting overall and a great day trip from Helsinki
Written 19 October 2021
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Dear rkigervaron, Thank you for your review. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your visit to the sea fortress which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as a monument of military architecture. You are right that it is also "lived in" as it is also home for about 800 residents. You can visit Suomenlinna all year round and see it in a different light depending on the season. Suomenlinna ferry leaves from Helsinki Market Square and it operates every day of the year. If you want to learn more about the history, you can visit some of the museums. For example Suomenlinna Museum stays open in winter season too. Read more about the services available (cafés, restaurants, museums, shops and so on) and check the daily opening hours in our new online guide or on our website! Welcome again soon to Suomenlinna! Best regards, Annamaria/ Suomenlinna Tourist Information
Written 21 October 2021
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ExperienceCatcher
20 contributions
It's freezing cold and beautiful.
Jul 2021 • Solo
This place I visited many times during different seasons. I did it on my own and took a guided tour too, alone and with friends. And it always left that feeling of special nature there. I cannot chose the best season for visiting it, because it is beautiful all the time. Check out my photos and decide yourself when would you like to see it. But remember to take on warm clothes, as it is three times colder than on the mainland. It's opened to all winds, so it's always cold there. Cold and beautiful.
Written 16 October 2021
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Dear Vacation14294292087, Thank you for your review. We are happy to hear that you have enjoyed visiting Suomenlinna in different seasons. You can indeed visit the sea fortress, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, all year round, as Suomenlinna ferry operates every day of the year. We recommend wearing water- and windproof clothes and to dress in layers when visiting in autumn or winter, plus to wear comfortable walking shoes. It can be windy, but you can also enjoy warm summer days with a nice sea breeze in the fortress. If you want to learn about the history of the fortress, you can visit one of the museums. For example the Suomenlinna Museum stays open also in winter season. There are also nice cafés and restaurants to relax with a cup of coffee or tea or a nice meal. Read more about the services available and check the opening hours on our website or our new online guide! Hope to see you soon again in Suomenlinna! Best regards, Annamaria/ Suomenlinna Tourist Information
Written 21 October 2021
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El K
London, Canada33 contributions
Nice way to spend the day in Helsinki
Sep 2021
Went Sep 22 on a lovely sunny day, Took the regular ferry which is very cheap you must buy the tickets from a machine and be aware that there is a very good chance no one will ask you to see the ticket however if you do not and you should be asked for it you will get a fine of $80 euros... This applies to buses and trams as well. This location is beautiful and a lot bigger than I thought lots of walking and areas to look at. I chose to see the submarine for under $5 euros and found out that the same ticket can be used to get into the military museum (they wanted $7 euros to get in there so there is a saving to go to the sub first) great place to have a picnic. Sep is a great time to visit as it was not busy at all and the temperature is great for a light jacket.
Written 5 October 2021
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Bechara C
Lebanon539 contributions
Must visit for military lovers
Sep 2021
It's a cool place for history and military lovers. It's reachable by boat (as a part of the public transportation system). Old cannons are still there from the Russian Swedish war in the 18th century as well from WWII. Also there is a military museum distributed in three buildings about the Finnish army.
Written 1 October 2021
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Dear Bechara C, Thank you for your review. Suomenlinna sea fortress is definitely an interesting destination for history lovers, as it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can learn more about the history by visiting the Suomenlinna Museum which stays open in winter season too. For military lovers we recommend the Military Museum. Suomenlinna ferry leaves from Helsinki Market Square and it operates all year round. Read more about the museums and other services available (cafés, restaurants, shops) and check the daily opening hours in our new online guide or on our website! Hope to see you soon again in Suomenlinna! Best regards, Annamaria/ Suomenlinna Tourist Information
Written 21 October 2021
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Tom
15 contributions
Nice
Oct 2020
I was not impressed at all with Suomnenlinna and Helsinki in general. Suomenlinna seems like a low quality fortress, very basic and minimally maintained and it felt like some place in deep Russian province. I've visited much more impressive castles in other countries in the Eastern Europe. Yet I was impressed or rather shocked by prices of alcohol in Finnish stores, which I did not want to buy or drink: $100 per small bottle of vodka and $2,50 per small can of beer and that's back in the 1998. I also was shocked by the car prices at $25000 for a small Nissan car of 1100 cc. Another impression came from the Finns themselves, who drank a lot and all slept under a table on the floor, every single day I was there.
Written 28 September 2021
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Laurens H
Delft, The Netherlands28 contributions
Quite nice
Sep 2021 • Couples
Compared to the rest of Helsinki, this fortress island is very interesting. Actually rather sad how this is the no.1 attraction on Tripadvisor, especially for a capital city. Quite large and plenty of things to do on the island. The boat brings you in max 20 minutes. Beautiful trees now in September! Spent four hours there.
Written 21 September 2021
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