• Photo archive of the Governing Body of Suomenlinna/Suomen Ilmakuva Oy
  • Suomenlinna Sea Fortress (c) Esko Jämsä/Governing Body of Suomenlinna
  • Ehrensvärd monument at Suomenlinna (c) Louise Morrisey/Governing Body of Suomenlinna

Suomenlinna Sea Fortress

Suomenlinna is one of the biggest sea fortresses in the world, founded in 1748 and built by Field Marshal Count Augustin Ehrensvärd on islands off the coast of Helsinki. Suomenlinna remains as one of the most popular attractions in Finland and was included in UNESCO World Heritage List in 1991 as a unique monument to European military architecture. An important part of any visit to Suomenlinna is a good meal or a refreshing break at one of its cafés. The fortress has a selection of restaurants and charming cafés. The Visitor Centre and Suomenlinna Museum, situated in the middle of the fortress, are a base and information point for visitors as well as the starting point for the walking tours. There are also several other history related museums on the island. Suomenlinna is explored on foot so dress accordingly and wear comfortable shoes. In summer there are daily guided tours in English, Finnish, Swedish, Russian and Chinese, in winter there are tours on Saturdays and Sundays in English. Please see more information on Suomenlinna webpages.