Fortress of Soumenlinna revisited

fortress of suomenlinna

Guess what, I didn’t visit the fortress in Helsinki adain, but I found the pictures. That’s why a new post about Fortress of Suomenlinna and maybe more mamories, more exact stories and better visualisation. The year was 2003 (I wrote the wrong year last time) when I went with my dear friend, my oldest friend (no, she is not nearly hundred, but I know her since I was four years old) Ewa on a cruise to Helsinki in Finland. We didn’t want to go back and forth like many Swedes, staying on the boat and drink a lot of booze. No, we stayed in Helsinki for a few days and visited the fortress among other things.

Fortress of Suomenlinna

Arriving at the fortress


Some baracks, or houses

more houses

More military buildings

Suomenlinna is a UNESCO World Heritage site and popular with both tourists and locals, who enjoy it as a picturesque picnic site. Originally named Sveaborg (Fortress of Svea), or Viapori as called by Finns, it was renamed Suomenlinna (Castle of Finland) in 1918 for patriotic and nationalistic reasons, though it is still also sometimes known by its original name. In Swedish-speaking contexts, the name Sveaborg is always used. [Wikipedia]

steep pathway

Some pathways were pretty steep on the rocky islands


A window without glass, looking out on the green scenery


A memory monument, this was not always a peaceful place

Suomenlinna is located on several rocky island and was built in the middle of 18-th century to protect Helsinki, the capital city of Finland. The fortress have a great military history with harbour, military barracs and fortifications. It’s not ols, but it has lots of history and sometimes painful memories. On one time it had to surround to attacking russions, it served as a prison and it was struck by diseases.


Prepared for an attack


Military baracks

closed window

Closed window can be hiding secrets

Nowdays the place was green nice and peacefull. Since we went there in early summer it was wonderfully green and blooming. It was  pretty crowded. I guess that on a nice sunny day it’s a perfect place for a family excursion. There were both tourists and Finns. People went sightseeing and just enjoyed the nice weather. Imagine a picknick at this place, nice, green, in the middle of the city, but still outside the city. Perfect mixture!


Fortress on rocky islands


Inside a submarine


Submarine, resting peacefully by the shore

There were some military objects to see, it’s a fortress after all. We climbed inside a submarine, watched towers and had some coffe. The place was easy to reach, which is good.


A shabby building, remembering greater days


A motorcycle was good to have to move fast on the island

In  Swedish it is called Sveaborg.The place was added to World’s heritage list in 1992.Links:

And for my grade for this site is still three globes out of five. I was thinking about two, but there is a lot of history hidden here and it’s presented in a good way for both kids and adults.



Tagged , , , , , ,

3 thoughts on “Fortress of Soumenlinna revisited

  1. Debra Kolkka says:

    I have been a couple of times to Suomenlinna, it is lovely, especially on a fine day.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: