Sights

Suomenlinna is a Unesco World Heritage site and one of the most popular tourist attractions in Finland. Visitors are not charged an admission fee – you only need to pay for the ferry crossing. Suomenlinna is also a borough of Helsinki. The main sights are situated along the blue route which runs across the fortress. […]

Blue route

The main route across the fortress runs from north to south via all the main sights. The route starts at the main quay in front of the Jetty Barracks and terminates at the King’s Gate. The length of the route is about 1.5 km (1 mile). It is marked with blue direction signs and is […]

Plan your visit

This section offers instructions and materials for your visit to the fortress. Here you will find information on getting around at Suomenlinna and the Blue route that showcases the main sights of the fortress. Here you will also find information on accessibility to help with the visit of those with restricted mobility. It is also […]

Getting around

Suomenlinna is meant to be seen on foot. Many of its roads are paved with cobblestones, so you should wear comfortable walking shoes. Suomenlinna is a car-free zone where only service vehicles are allowed. There are no minibuses or trains, nor are there any bicycles for hire. All main sights are situated along the Blue […]

2 Dec

As a young man, the gnome sailed around the world in his very own wooden sail boat, before becoming a Fortress Gnome and settling down on Suomenlinna. However, he still gets itchy feet from time to time and, when that happens, he takes himself over to the dry dock observation deck to admire the boats […]

Regulations

Safety All visitors to Suomenlinna visit at their own risk. There are several dangerous cliffs in Suomenlinna which are largely unfenced. Passing vessels may cause dangerously high waves and strong currents on the waterfront. Parents must supervise their children. No entry is allowed to construction sites and closed areas. All activities threatening the safety or […]

Accessibility

Suomenlinna is a challenging environment for people with impaired mobility. Footpaths in Suomenlinna are paved with cobblestones, gravel or sand. Uneven sections cannot be avoided completely. The terrain is hilly and difficult in parts, so wheelchair users should be accompanied by a carer/companion. The weather may also make the footpaths uneven and slippery. Perceiving where […]

FAQ

How do I get to Suomenlinna? The Helsinki City Transport ferry operates throughout the year to Suomenlinna. The ferry journey takes about 15 minutes. During the summer season, you can also get to Suomenlinna on the waterbus operated by JT-Line, which stops at the Visitor Centre pier and the King’s Gate. For visitors arriving by […]