Photo Story – On the ferry to the Sea Fortress of Suomenlinna

I saved this for a separate post because the photos taken along the way to Suomenlinna were very nice. Think of seagulls soaring in the sky and the wind whipping up the Finnish flag, tall and strong. We also passed by a little piece of land where the sea gulls were roosting, and no sweat, there it was – Finland’s very own camouflaged battleship.

In the summer, it’s a good idea to take the ferry early in the morning, around 8am as the sun is not too hot to enjoy the outer deck, and there are not that many people on board. Gives you ample space to get the right angle for photos.


To get to the ferry terminal (Kauppatori), take bus 615/620 from the airport to the main bus station, Rautatientori. From there, ask for directions to Kauppatori. It’s an easy 10 minute walk. The ferry ride cost €5 for a return ticket (price as of summer 2014).

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Ferris Wheel, as seen from the Kauppatori jetty
the ferry to the Sea Fortress of Suomenlinna
On board the ferry to the Sea Fortress of Suomenlinna
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Flying the Finnish flag, high
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Alas, the camouflage really worked. I didn’t notice the ship until Friend S pointed it out.
ferry to the Sea Fortress of Suomenlinna
On the ferry to the Sea Fortress of Suomenlinna
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I can’t stop wondering, why is the mirror there? To check out cute passengers?
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I would love to stay on that island! It reminds me of the Little Prince’s house.
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A photographer’s paradise
sea birds gulf of finland
No tele-photo lens, that’s why it looks like that. haha
suomenlinna gulf of finland
Rocky outcrops with nothing living on them. Occasionally, it’s a roosting place for birds.
suomenlinna fortress island bridge
The sky is a nice colour – although I’m not sure how to do it again.
fortress Suomenlinna ferry island trees
Alas, finally a glimpse of the fortress, shrouded by trees
fortress suomenlinna ferry jetty morning
We have arrived!
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It’s a nice quiet morning.

Watch this space for, the main post on Suomenlinna and its history.

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