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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.

Boarded to see beautiful Suomenlinna

Boarded to see beautiful Suomenlinna

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.

City is covered in Mist

City is covered in Mist

Awesome view of Silja Line from Ferry

Awesome view of Silja Line from Ferry

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.

Spotted a cute couple in traditional attire in Ferry

Spotted a cute couple in traditional attire in Ferry

Suomenlinna to Helsinki Ferry

Suomenlinna to Helsinki Ferry

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.

Ticket Vending Machine at Market Square

Ticket Vending Machine at Market Square

Digital board about the Ferry Departure at Soumenlinna

Digital board about the Ferry Departure at Suomenlinna

As soon as we reached the place Suomenlinna, the first thing we spotted was the awesome view of Trail of the Fortress Gnome.

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Trail of the Fortress Gnome

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.

Trail of the Fortress Gnome - Top View

Trail of the Fortress Gnome – Top View

Information board for Tourists

Information board for Tourists

Entry from the Fort

Entry from the Fort

That map and signposts along the route guided us to the places.

Spotted a Beautiful & Simple Home

Spotted a Beautiful & Simple Home

We visited Suomenlinna Museum, Suomenlinna Church, Dry Dock, Spotted some canons and visited a few nice Cafe’s and Souvenir shops.

Suomenlinna Church Outside

Suomenlinna Church Outside

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Inside Suomenlinna Church

Inside Suomenlinna Church

Inside Suomenlinna Church

Inside Suomenlinna Church

Inside Suomenlinna Church

Inside Suomenlinna Church

Inside Suomenlinna Church

Inside Suomenlinna Church

Inside Suomenlinna

Inside Suomenlinna Church

The bridge to Susisaari

The bridge to Susisaari

Souvenir shop and Cafe

Souvenir shop and Cafe

It was worth spending time over there. Enjoyed to the fullest 🙂

Happy Travelling 🙂

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