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 🙂

9 Comments Add yours

  1. Great post! Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos! Have a wonderful day

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    1. Malini says:

      Thank you Sam!

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  2. Looks cold but beauitful!

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    1. Malini says:

      Yea. Very cold and Thank you 🙂

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  3. Happy New Year All The Best In 2017
    May God Fulfill Your All Desires In This Year

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  4. Wonderful article Malini:) A great virtual tour for us:)

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    1. Malini says:

      Thank you so much Divya 😊

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  5. Ester says:

    Looks nice, and very cold!

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    1. Malini says:

      Yea. I went during winter 😊

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