Helsinki Sea fortress, the unconquerable "Suomenlinna" !

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Tour Number

Activity Level

4186


Categories

Youth and Family, Shore Excursion, Museums / Culture, City

Details

Kid Friendly: Yes. Wheelchair is OK, so are strollers for children - of course.
Parents use their common sense and take care of their children. The place is not dangerous but the coastline is long and a lot of interesting tunnels, stone, rock walls, etc.

Friendly: Yes.
You choose how much you walk/stroll around, possible to do it for kilometres, no other facilities to move around. A wheelchair is possible to move around in most places, but it will be "bumpy ride on road"

Maximum travelers: 6

Language(s)

explanation

English (advanced), Finnish (fluent), German (advanced), Spanish (basic), Swedish (fluent)

Available 24/7 all group sizes. MEETING = ferry in city /1- 50 persons. Total 3h. Auch auf DEUTSCH.


We see, touch and experience by walking Suomenlinna (the fortress of the Finland), a huge UNESCO-world heritage site and inheritance object. It gives you a good view of European history with the last remnants of Swedish military power - a former super power in Europe.
In it's best days there were > 8 km of stone walls and tunnels in them, a lot to experience !

The fortress was militarily never conquered.

Itinerary

The site is situated outside Helsinki downtown, only 15 minutes by ferry from the Market Place. Five islands on 80 hectars with eight kilometres of rock walls, visited by over 700 000 tourists/year. It has also the status as a separate district as one of the 59 in the city, with about 900 inhabitants of all kind of people - many artists, military, boat people, etc. A lot of action makes your time go by fast, 25 minutes of audio-visual film info, among others also toy museum, tunnels, many different happenings and a wonderful sea archipelago which invites you for a swim in the brackish water of the Baltic Sea.

Estonia, with the 800 year old capital Tallinn, is not far away. The huge ships going morning and evening to Sweden's capital Stockholm passes only a few meters away from the rock walls, in a deepened, blasted waterway.

We suggest a minimum of 3 hrs.

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: AT THE FERRY QUAY at the kiosque at the Market place (Kauppatori). Or from wished place in city, pick up / bring back.

End location: As above.

Duration: 3 hours

Transportation

To the ferry by a van, max. 6 persons, taxi, tram or walking.

What’s Included

Me = a Helsinki native, > 60 yrs. Johan, your authorized guide and assistant, map of the area.

Estimated Local Cash Needed

30 euro - Lunch 10-20€, beer, wine, coffee 2-6€, ice-cream 2-5€, entrance fees 2-5€. Ferry 5€ = 10€. Shopping - as you wish.

What’s Extra

Ferry tickets 2x5€ = 10€ / person. Guest also pay Johan's ticket. Meals, drinks, entrance to main museum with 25 minutes audio-visual show (not obligatory), Johan's parking fee.
If your group is larger than 25 persons = 2 guides. Please send me an enquire so I can create a customized tour for you.

Restrictions

None. Available 24/7 all year round.

A Recent Review of this tour

Unfortunately the weather was not good and it rained throughout out tour. Despite the weather, Johan gave us a good tour of Helsinki, pointing out places of interest and stopping for us to see churches etc and do a little shopping. He made the best of a bad day for us.
Dorothy Andrews

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