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Suomenlinna is a cultural treasure. Its construction began in 1748, when Finland was still part of Sweden. In 1991, the Suomenlinna fortress was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List as a unique monument of military architecture. Another special feature of the fortress is that in the course of its history it has served in the defense of three realms: Sweden, Russia and Finland.

The World Heritage Site includes seven islands. It continues to be a living, tended and inhabited district of the city of Helsinki. Today, the fortress and its museums, restaurants and events are a memorable experience for visitors of all ages. Suomenlinna is a home of 800 residents, and one of the most popular sights in Finland with around one million visitors yearly.

Suomenlinna is only accessible by water. There is a ferry service throughout the year and a water bus service in the summer. The trip gives an excellent opportunity to enjoy the scenery and photograph Helsinki from the sea. Suomenlinna is meant to be seen on foot. The main route runs across the fortress through the most important sights. The main route is marked with blue signs and indicated on the maps with a blue line.

The group will take the public sightseeing cruise from Market Square, Helsinki at 12:00. It takes about 30-45 minutes to Suomenlinna. The sightseeing boat arrives back there two hours later to pick you up.

In Suomenlinna, you will have the guided walking tour that lasts for 1,5 hours. The tour guide will pick you up from the boat and will finish the tour to the same spot. You will arrive back to Market Square at 15:30. 

More information here.

Note:

  • Please note that this activity is organised by an outside company.
  • If you wish to participate in this event, please add it to your meeting registration.
  • It the minimum participation is not reached, the activity will be cancelled and the reimbursement will be done after the meeting.

Practical Information:

Time: 12:00–15:30

Minimum participants: 21

12:00 Departure from Market Square (boat: m/s Natalia) – attached you will find a map of the exact location of the boat.

12:35 Arriving to Suomenlinna/Sea fortress island (main pier). The tour guide is waiting for the group at the pier.

12:35–14:05 Guided walking tour in Suomenlinna for 1,5 h

14:05 Finishing the tour to King’s Gate

14:05–14:30 Time for photos etc. at King’s Gate

14:40–14:45 Departure from King’s Gate (m/s Natalia)

Please wait at the King’s Gate pier already at 14:30. The boat cannot wait for you if you are late from the departure point. The tour guide will show you the pier when you finish the tour.