Suomenlinna

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” – Helen Keller

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After over a week of rainy weather the sun finally came out so we decided to make the day trip to Helsinki.

We had planned to visit Suomenlinna, one of Finland’s former military bases.  We arrived  at about 1:30 p.m. and headed straight to catch the next ferry, we didn’t take in account that it was the weekend so we were stuck in a mush pit of people all waiting to board. The ferry was only 15 minutes which I thought was perfect (I’m not a fan of boat rides). We walked around the fortress for about an hour or so, enjoyed the views and took some pictures.

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Little history…
  • The fortress  was built on a group of rocky islands (6 of them) originally to protect Sweden from the Russian empire. It is also part of the World Heritage Site as a unique monument of military architecture.
  • This 18th century sea fortress is one of Finland’s most popular sights. It is also one of the largest sea fortress in the world.
  • Suomenlinna is home to about 850 people.
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People actually live there

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View from the top

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After we were done exploring we took the ferry back into the city and went to stuff our faces at a sushi buffet, we were extremely happy because there are no sushi restaurants in Hämeenlinna.

I would recommend…

Going early if you are going on a weekend because its really crowded. Also for some additional information; click here

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