Suomenlinna – Sea Fortress

On Monday I went to Suomenlinna with Onni and Emma. Suomenlinna sea fortress is a cultural treasure on the coast of Helsinki. This small island is very popular place to visit throughout a year, but especially during the summer. The place has a long history and it’s a true cultural treasure. Its construction began in the 18th century, when Finland was still part of the Kingdom of Sweden. The guns that still are on Kustaanmiekka island are a reminder of the period of the Russian rule in the 19th century. Suomenlinna has also a lively community of some 800 residents. Imagine living there…since the only way in/out is by water (although there is a service tunnel under the sea to the mainland, but that is only for ambulance and police.)

Suomenlinna is very nice place to spend a day, since there are many cafes and restaurants and of course you can bring your own snacks. And that’s exactly what we did with Onni and Emma. We bought our snacks from Stockmann and the Market Square. Kids really enjoyed our day and especially Onni, because Suomenlinna is full of old guns.

Suomenlinna has also some museums and guided walking tours and it’s also very easy to explore by yourself since this is a small island. Just remember that there are many private houses and of course you are not allowed to enter their garden…

Like I said, Suomenlinna is accessible only by water. The journey takes about 15 to 20 minutes. The ferry departs from the east side of the Market Square, opposite the Presidential Palace.

On our way to the Market Square, we walked through Esplanade Park.

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The Market Square and Havis Amanda statue.

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The Market Square.

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Yummy strawberries.

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The Market Square.

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The Market Square.

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Ticket sales for Suomenlinna ferry.

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Emma and Emma…

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On a ferry.

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Helsinki from the sea.

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The Market Square, The Presidential Palace and Helsinki Cathedral.

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If you ever visit Helsinki, which you should, you should also visit Suomenlinna. I’m sure you’ll love it!

But hey, let’s see my pictures from Suomenlinna. Finland with blue sky and green grass is just beyond something else…

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It’s picnic time!

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And then there were the guns…
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And tunnels…

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And Chinese tourist group…can’t seem to get rid of them even in Finland.

Onni visited the war museum. I gave him my camera, here’s some pictures by Onni.

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That was our visit in Suomenlinna. On our way to the car we saw the Helsinki Cathedral. For me this church is a special place, since Vesa and I got married there 13 years ago! I still remember the day like it was yesterday…

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