In 1991 Suomenlinna was added to UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites as a unique monument to military architecture.
We reached this UNESCO World Heritage Site by ferry from Helsinki Kauppatori (Market Square).
The trip (about 15 minutes) from Helsinki to Suomenlinna was more like an adventure than a short ferry ride. We could enjoy the magnificent views of frozen Helsinki and the surroundings from the sea. The highlight was the crossing through the ice covered waters. We could hear our ferry breaking through huge blocks of ice along the way… it sounded pretty crazy 😮
When we stepped off the ferry, we already knew that Suomenlinna worth a stroll 😘
First we saw the Jetty Barracks, main gateway to the fortress. It’s the beautiful pink building that was designed to accommodate 250 soldiers in peacetime and now houses the visitor information center, some restaurant and the Jetty Barracks Gallery.
Stepping along the blue route we could see tourist attractions like Suomenlinna Church, Great Courtyard, Ehrensvard’s tomb, Center Shop, the Suomenlinna Museum and other amazing sights.
Suomenlinna is an important historical site and one of the most popular tourist attraction, but it also has a lively community of some 800 residents. There is a school, library and grocery store, and more to make the island a good home for its inhabitants.
We could enjoy the silence of the Island because there were few tourists. Maybe because it was a weekday, and the weather wasn’t very friendly.
After a few hours of exploring the place, we can say that Suomenlinna is more than a sea fortress- it’s haven of peace, reflection and history.
It is the place where you are one with nature.
We liked this peaceful winter day… and we were ready to come back in Helsinki. 🤗
Have you ever been to Suomenlinna? We would be happy to read your experience or tell us in the comments if Suomenlinna is on your bucket list 🤗