Suomenlinna, a 20 minute ferry ride from Helsinki, is a completely different world – and you’ll sense it straight away.
First built by the swedes in the mid-18th century, then taken over and further developed by Russia in the 19th century, and finally transferred under the administration of the Finnish government in 1918, Suomenlinna embodies the history of powers in Finland during the last 400 years.
The history is evident when you explore the dark, humid tunnels, the old military barracks, but also the adorable wooden houses where people still live today.
Walk around the southernmost island on top of the fortifications. While the view of the sea is amazing, take a look inland as well! If you look close enough, you’ll spot the Hobitti hills. Not all of them have trees growing on them, can you spot our favourite hill?