A day well spent in Suomenlinna (Sveaborg), Helsinki
Suomenlinna is a Finnish name and Sveaborg is a Swedish name, it’s an inhabited sea fortress built on six islands. Suomenlinna is now one of the most popular tourist attractions in Helsinki as well as a popular picnicking spot for the locals. On a sunny summer day the islands, and in particular the ferries, can get quite crowded. Originally named Sveaborg and later it was renamed in Finnish to Suomenlinna (Castle of Finland). Sweden started building the fortress in 1748, when Finland was still a part of the Swedish kingdom.
I visited Suomenlinna with my friends when I was in Helsinki. This place is accessible only by water. A ferry service runs from the Market Square (Helsinki) to Suomenlinna throughout the year. The trip to Suomenlinna took approximately 20 minutes and we got to see the awesome view of Helsinki and other places surrounded.
Departure of Suomenlinna ferries from the Market Square and Suomenlinna usually once an hour. During Summer, the departure is more often like 3–4 times per hour. The ferry departs from the east side of the Market Square, opposite to the Presidential Palace. In Suomenlinna, the ferry arrives at and departs from the main pier of Iso Mustasaari island.
The ferry is part of the city transport and all Helsinki Transport tickets and passes are accepted. Tickets need to be purchased before boarding from the ticket vending machine. In the summer, tickets are also sold at the ticket booth in the Market Square ferry terminal.
As soon as we reached the place Suomenlinna, the first thing we spotted was the awesome view of Trail of the Fortress Gnome.
Followed the Fortress Gnome’s trail we picked up a map from the tourist information and started our journey there.
That map and signposts along the route guided us to the places.
We visited Suomenlinna Museum, Suomenlinna Church, Dry Dock, Spotted some canons and visited a few nice Cafe’s and Souvenir shops.
It was worth spending time over there. Enjoyed to the fullest 🙂
Happy Travelling 🙂