Finland, Helsinki - Suomenlinna Fortress

Our route

Helsinki

Finland 2022 - map

 

Transportation

Our itinerary

Day 1 – 03.09.2022

  • crossed a Gulf of Finland and arrived at 12:30
  • visited the Suomenlinna Fortress
  • took a tram tour around Helsinki
  • purchased a warm  jacket – it was 13C!
  • visited Helsinki Cathedral
  • joined Ukrainian support rally again the attack on the Ukraine
  • visited the amazing Rock Church
  • visited the 1952 Helsinki Olympic Stadium
  • visited Art Deco Central Train Station
  • enjoyed fabulous dinner in the amazing Art Deco Olympia restaurant

Day 2 – 04.09.2022

  • explored the city by tram
  • visited Uspenski Cathedral
  • visited beautiful Kamppi Chapel
  • visited amazing Helsinki Central Library Oodi
  • enjoyed fabulous lunch in the amazing Art Deco Olympia restaurant again!
  • boarded a Silja ferry to Stockholm, Sweden at 18:00
Finland, Helsinki - Moomin

Travel essentials

  • travel dates: 3-4 September 2022
  • accommodation: Hotel Senate (1 night)
  • currency: euro (€)

 

TIPS:

  • buy 24h ticket (8 €) on HSL app for public transport
  • ferry to Suomenlinna fortress is included in your HSL ticket
  • great 24h luggage storage – locker at the train station for 6€

Travel tips

✈️ ARRIVAL

  • we took the ferry from Tallinn – there is a tram stop right outside the terminal – Number 7 goes to the old town and the Cathedral
  • we took the ferry to Stockholm

? TRANSPORTATION

  • it’s worth having the HL app – you can buy tickets, check connections, etc
  • we bought a 24h ticket – enough to see everything, additionally it works for the ferry to Sounmenlina Fortress

? ATTRACTIONS

  • Sounmenlina Fortress – from the marina 5 minutes from the
  • Cathedral, ticket for public transport (we used our 24h ticket), it is one of the best preserved sea fortresses, of course, entered on the UNESCO list; the Fortress itself is so-so in my opinion, when the sun is shining people come for a file and sit on the grass, a small museum
  • The Cathedral and the Senate Square – it overlooks the city, makes quite an amazing impression, because the architecture around it is rather low, inside it is quite austere
  • Helsingin päärautatieasema train station – insane Art Deco architecture – Olivka restaurant inside is worth a visit – beautiful interior
  • Temppeliaukio Church (entrance 5 euros) – the so-called rock church, an underground church was built inside massive granite rocks in the middle of a plain square; amazing feeling inside
  • Chapel of Silence – a beautiful wooden block, great peace inside (free entrance), in the very centre of the city, a simple and wooden structure, the idea of ​​which is to find peace and quiet in you
  • NECESSARY Central Library Oodi – see, sit down, read – next to the station, mega architecture, great staircase construction, great place
  • Olympic Stadium – we went by tram, the annual Finland – Sweden Track and Field meet was going on inside, but my husband was excited ?
  • Cathedral of the Dormition of the Mother of God (Ouspenski Cathedral) – the red cathedral seen from the waterfront, it is worth climbing the hill because it is beautiful inside
  • Old Market – we will find bear or reindeer meat as well as a huge selection of all kinds of fish ?

? OTHER

  • Moomin town – various gadgets in shops – socks (5-9 euros); sweets, t-shirts, etc
  • we were there less than 24 hours – you can easily see everything ? a perfect place for a small city-break ?
Finland, Helsinki - The Kamppi Chapel

Favourites

Some prices

At the time of our travel:

1 euro (€) = 4,74 zł (PLN)

  • 24h ticket for public transport – 8€
  • coffee for 2 at El Fant – 7,80€
  • ticket to Temppeliaukion Church – 5€
  • coffee for 2 – 8,80€
  • 24h storage locker at the train station – 6€
  • dinner for 2 at Olivia Restaurant with desert – 52,5€
  • lunch for 2 at Olivia Restaurant – 37€
  • single ticket for public transport – 2,80€

Favourite places to eat

Our favourite local food

Finland, Helsinki - Reindeer-mushroom quiche
Finland, Helsinki - Beer
Finland, Helsinki - Moomin biscuits
Finland, Helsinki - Deer, moose and bear canned meat
Finland, Helsinki - Moomin liquorice
Finland, Helsinki - Elk canned meat
Finland, Helsinki - Beer at Restaurant Olivia Central Station
Finland, Helsinki - Reindeer-mushroom quiche
Finland, Helsinki - Beer
Finland, Helsinki - Moomin biscuits
Finland, Helsinki - Deer, moose and bear canned meat
Finland, Helsinki - Moomin liquorice
Finland, Helsinki - Elk canned meat
Finland, Helsinki - Beer at Restaurant Olivia Central Station
 

What to do

  • take a boat cruise to Suomenlinna fortress
  • climb to Helsinki Cathedral
  • visit Temppeliaukio Church (Rock Church)
  • visit Uspenski Cathedral
  • appreciate amazing design of Kamppi Chapel
  • enjoy Art Deco design of the Central Train Station
  • dine in the beautiful interior of Olivia Central Train Restaurant
  • visit at 1952 Olympic Stadium
  • visit an Old Market by the waterfront
  • enjoy stunning design of the Helsinki Central Library Oodi
  • shop for gifts at Moomin shop