Welcome to My Best Helsinki - Suomenlinna Fortress (Islands).

Helsinki's  (and Finland's)  gem:  The  historic  Suomenlinna  Fortress  Island(s).  Suomenlinna is a national monument, and rightfully; on  Unesco's World Heritage  list. It isdefinitely worth visiting. Below, some images from this historic group of islands. Enjoy the scenery: the fortress structures,  the tunnels, the old buildings, the shore line views, either displaying  the island scenery or the Helsinki skyline, the numoerous picnic spots, the small beaches, the restaurants and cafes, the beaches - and last but not least: the atmosphere, rich in history. Welcome.

 

Panoramic sea view of Suomenlinna Fortress Islands as viewed from Kaivopuisto shore, Helsinki. Suomenlinna Fortress is comprised by 8 islands: Kustaanmiekka, Susisaari, Iso Mustasaari, Pikku
View of Suomenlinna Helsinki
Mustasaari, Länsi-Mustasaari, Särkkä, Pormestarinluodot and Lonna. Särkkä island is closest to this pier. The taxi boat is "pointig" at it. Särkkä also hosts the gourmet summer restaurant "Särkkä".

Panorama of Helsinki Center skyline just before the thunderstorm, as viewed from Suomenlinna Fortress Island:

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Suomenlinna, Helsinki
Walking routes on Suomenlinna Fortress Island, Helsinki
Check out: Suomenlinna Museum. For children and the child in us: Toy Museum.

Beautiful sea views from a great picnic spot in the "Piper Park" on Helsinki's
View toward the sea and other Helsinki islands.
Suomenlinna Islands. General visitor info with images and links. Navigate language.

Suomenlinna, Helsinki. Fortress wall, with grass on top.
Fortress Wall, Suomenlinna, Helsinki
Some of these fortress spaces host restaurants.

See the list of the restaurants & Cafes on the island.    
The visitor center, is in the pink Jetty Barracks building, next to the HSL ferry quay.

Great sea views behind Suomenlinna fortress mounds. Close to popular
View toward the sea and other Helsinki islands.
picnic spot on the Island.

This is almost in the center of Helsinki: SUOMENLINNA FORTRESS ISLANDS:
Panoramic view from Kaivopuisto Park, looking south & toward Suomenlinna & Särkkä in the center. Harakka island on right, behind the taxi boat pier (to Särkkä).
Helsinki Sea view, looking south & at the Suomenlinna islands and Tallin ferry
Suomenlinna (Swe: Sveaborg) is a group of 8 islands.  The white ship (on its way to Estonia) is just entering the "Särkkä strait", located btw Särkkä (Swe: Långören) & Länsi-Mustasaari
  Yes, it is pretty. Itching to get there? Check out  Suomelinna visitors guide. | More about Suomenlinna | How to get there Suomenlinna traffic info & Public Ferry to Suomenlinna.
General info
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Walking trough "Kings Gate" on Suomenlinna Fortress Island. Helsinki
Approaching Kings Gate on Suomenlinna Fortress Island, Helsinki

Island brochure & map.   | Main walking route.
Looking & walking trough "Kings Gate" on
Looking & walking trough Kings Gate on Suomenlinna Fortress, Helsinki.
Suomenlinna Island.
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HELSINKI ARCHIPELAGO AND THE  CITY OWNED ISLANDS ARE A GREAT DESTINATION IN THE SUMMER:

Kings Gate - sign on Suomenlinna, Helsinki
Kings Gate - sign on Suomenlinna, Helsinki
Suomenlinna general info


This is the Suomenlinna information page about Kings Gate.

Kings Gate, Suomenlinna,  Helsinki:
Kings Gate, Suomenlinna Fortress, Helsinki:

Suomenlinna, Helsinki
Walking routes on Suomenlinna Fortress Island, Helsinki

Beautiful sea views from a great picnic spot in the "Piper Park" on Helsinki's
View toward the sea and other Helsinki islands.
Suomenlinna Islands.

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Panorama of  "Kings Gate", seen from court yard, at Suomenlinna Fortress Island.
kings gate Suomenlinna Helsinki
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Panorama of the Submarine "Vesikko", on Susisaari Island, Suomenlinna, Helsinki. "Vesikko" was built in 1933. More information from Suomenlinna web pages.
Submarine, Suomenlinna, Helsinki.
Suomenlinna tunnels, peeking out to fortress courtyard:
Peeking out from under the fortress arch, Suomenlinna, Helsinki.
information / historic Information about the fortress.

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Suomenlinna tunnels:
Suomenlinna Fortress old tunnels

Love it? Want to stay? CHeck out Hostel Suomenlinna.

Suomenlinna Fortress old tunnels

There are miles of different paths and pedestrian streets on Suomenlinna,
and lots of  "road" signs, so different spots are easy to find.
There are many nice walking routes on Suomenlinna Fortress Island, Helsinki

Make love, not war ...
Peace cannon on Suomenlinna Fortress Island
Peace idea on Suomenlinna Fortress Island, Helsinki

Ehrenswärd-Museum's web-page, including a short movie about
Suomenlinna's history. All museums

SUOMENLINNA is not just a historic monument, 
it is also a neighborhood where people live.

SUOMENLINNA is not just a historic monument,
it is also a neighborhood where people live.    


Main sights on the island. 

Ramp. Helsinki. Suomenlinna.

Suomenlinna, Iso Mustasaari. 
Bridge over Tykistönlahti  (Artillery Bay), leading from Susisaari (Wolf Island) to Iso Mustasaari  (Large Black Island) in Suomenlinna.   Click on photo for  a  larger view.

SOME RESTAURANTS 
ON SUOMENLINNA ISLANDS:

CAFE CHAPMAN
We have liked this very casual  lunch spot and its courtyard Read  our review on:
restaurant page 2

 

A more extensive list:
RESTAURANTS & CAFES 
ON SUOMENLINNA ISLANDS

which are a wonderful picnic and / or excursion destination.Take advantage of the information, destinations of this list. If you go  sightseeing anywhere outside the center of Helsinki, Suomenlinna  Fortress Islands should be it.

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Thundercoulds over Helsinki skyline, as seen from Suomenlinna Fortress Island ferry
 Helsinki skyline, as seen from Suomenlinna Fortress Island ferry dock.
dock. Click to enlarge. This boat trip is worth to take. Suomenlinna Fortress island is a wonderful picnic destination Again: Public transportation to and from Suomenlinna. | Ferry information & schedules. Waterbus information & schedule.

 

 

On board the ferry to Suomenlinna fortress island.

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Suomenlinna panorama: footbridge from ISO MUSTASAARI island to PIKKU MUSTASAARI island.  Far right, in background, Helsinki center, Kaivopuisto neighborhood. Click for larger panorama:
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Left, red building: Hostpital, built in 1916.   Center: Naval Academy Dormitory buildings, built in 1756.   Right: Hospital & Naval Academy canteen.
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