Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, Helsinki

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Visit World Heritage Site Sea Fortress Suomenlinna to see a sea fortress built on a collection of six islands. This ruggedly beautiful spot is a favorite among both locals and tourists. The fortress was built in 1748 and inhabited by Swedes and Russians until 1918, when it became a part of independent Finland. View the impressive fortified structure, constructed by the Swedish crown to withstand attacks from 18th-century Russia (who eventually overtook the islands in 1808). Nowadays the site supports a town with civilian inhabitants and draws visitors from the mainland of Finland. For travelers who use our online itinerary creator, Helsinki holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • Allocate a full day to Suomenlinna...and then choose what you want to do. (Yes, it's possible to spend a night on the island, and if you really are interested in the kind of history on offer here, con...  more »
  • It is easy to get there by shuttle from Kauppatori every 15 minutes or so in high season (in summer). The journey takes 15 minutes, then on the island you can just walk around or visit the museum with its shop or submarine named Vesikko. The guides speak English. There are several cafes and prices are ok.
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