Suomenlinna may be a military base and only have a population of about 850 but it attracts around 700,000 tourists a year, among them Helsinki residents who come to roam the meadows, sniff the sea air and wander the historic cobbled streets. The islands are accessible via a 20-minute ferry ride that runs from Kauppatori (Helsinki’s market square) or a service boat that leaves from the Katajanokka neighbourhood. Since 1973 The Governing Body (part of the Ministry of Education) is in charge of the islands’ conservation (the fortress is a unesco…
The officers’ club
Tourists explore the town
Bridge between Iso Mustasaari and Susisaari
Café Icecellar Art Shop
The conservatory of Petra Tandefelt, resident and owner of Suomenlinna’s Toy Museum
Her teapot collection
Tandefelt’s residence built by a Russian officer
Portrait of Carl Gustaf Mannerheim (1867-1951), Finland’s most famous military leader in the officers’ club
Matilda at ice cream kiosk
Café Icecellar, an ex storage facility for officers
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