Light and ice grace the battlements

View the captivating winter beauty of Helsinki’s island fortress Suomenlinna, a Unesco World Heritage site.

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During the cold season you can have the Suomenlinna island fortress, one of Finland’s most visited tourist locations, almost to yourself. This Unesco World Heritage site just outside Helsinki harbour remains ruggedly beautiful throughout the winter, when ice, light, water, snow and rock convey uniquely enchanting impressions.

Jump onboard the Suomenlinna ferry, or take the warm way out and view our slideshow.


Photos by Tim Bird, March 2009
Text by Peter Marten