Thursday, August 4, 2011

Suomenlinna Sea Fortress

It's only a 20 minute, 4 euro ferry ride from the docks in Helsinki to Suomenlinna Sea Fortress.

Suomenlinna Sea Fortress

(view from the Viking Line Cruise)

Suomenlinna is an inhabited sea fortress built on six islands (Kustaanmiekka, Susisaari, Iso-Mustasaari, Pikku-Mustasaari, Länsi-Mustasaari and Långören), and which now forms part of the city of Helsinki, the capital of Finland. The Swedish crown commenced the construction of the fortress in 1748 as protection against Russian expansionism.

We wandered all over all six islands and saw rock walls, flowers, birds, and great views.

The fort was very neat but it was hard to get an overall idea of it from the ground.  We didn't see the full design and layout until later on the Viking Line to Stockholm where were had a high up view.

baby duck

We were so tired after going from the top of the first island all the way to the bottom of the sixth island but luckily there were another boat stop so we could take a boat back to the city and not have to walk back to the original boat stop (about 2 hours!).

There were more nice views from the boat on the way back.

the last Finish submarine from WW2

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