Suomenlinna is a Finnish sea fortress built on six islands and is what dreams are made of 🌴. This very scenic island is part of UNESCO’s World Heritage sites as a monument of military architecture.
Unfortunately for most visitors, the beauty of this island supersedes it’s significance in World history. Today it’s one awesome picnic spot for the Finnish.
HISTORY OF SUOMENLINNA
In the 1700s when Finland was still a part of the Swedish Kingdom, there was a threat of Russia invading Sweden. To counter this threat, construction of Suomenlinna (known as Sveaborg) began as a naval frontier.
Sveaborg was stocked with supplies needed for the Swedish naval officers, meanwhile Russia invaded the waters and cut off routes to replenish supplies. One of the sites in Suomenlinna brings alive the tough journey that the naval officers underwent. In early 1800s the Russians began bombarding the fortress and 7000 men surrendered. In 1809 Finland was ceded from Sweden and became an autonomous grand duchy under the Russian empire.
This fort took a lot of damage during the Crimean war of 1853 and extensive restoration work began soon after. In 1917 following the Russian revolution, Suomenlinna became part of the independent Finland.
Rooted in history
UNESCO World Heritage monument
Drop dead gorgeous views and landscape
Cost: 3.6 Euros round trip per person by public ferry. Takes about 15 minutes one way
Tip: Pick up a map of Suomenlinna from the Helsinki tourist office before you go. Costs about 2 Euros
Other costs: Fortress free; Suomenlinna Museum €6.5; Ehrensvärd Museum €3; Military Museum’s Manege €5; Submarine Vesikko €5; Toy Museum €6; Customs Museum free
Timings: Oct.–Apr : daily 10:30–4:30; May–Sept : daily 10–6