Suomenlinna is made up of 8 islands just off the coast near Helsinki. The area is easily reached by ferry from the city. We have been a couple of times and we headed there on a glorius May afternoon with my Finnish cousins.
The fortress was handed over to civilian administration in 1973, except Pikku Mustasaari island where the naval acadamy is still located. The old buildings are still in use and restoration work continues.
The area is very popular for locals and tourists alike. The islands are beautiful, particularly in spring and summer, making them an ideal place for a picnic or just a wander about.
If you are on the island in the late afternoon you can watch the huge ships head past the island on their way to Sweden. Stand at King’s Gate and you can practically touch them as they go by.
There are several restaurants and cafes on the island. There are also some very pretty shops selling Finnish arts and crafts. If you go to Helsinki, and I think you should, make sure you spend some time on Suomenlinna.
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I’m sorry about the “test” thing. I am having i Pad lessons and right now it is about 3 minutes from being returned to the Mac shop. With a bit of luck things will improve.