Cannon Sloop Cruises for Groups – Services for Travel Agencies
The cannon sloop Diana takes the passengers through times in an entertaining fashion. The cannon sloop cruises offer fascinating history, and combine elements of drama tour, relaxed outdoor activity and sightseeing boat cruise. Welcome aboard!
Sailing to Suomenlinna in 18th-Century style
Don’t settle for the most common way to get to the famous 1700s fortress, but rather match your vehicle with your destination: travel over to Suomenlinna in style, that is, in the 1700s style! Sailing to Suomenlinna in 18th-Century Style offers passengers a historical cannon sloop voyage over to the Suomenlinna Sea Fortress. The voyage is led by no other than the most accomplished Admiral Chapman himself, who takes the passengers through times in an entertaining fashion, introducing them to the famous fortress and life in the navy. The participants have the opportunity to assist the crew in raising and lowering the sails. Welcome aboard!
Duration: 60 min. (max.). Max. group size: 40 persons. Price: 1,150 € + VAT 10%. Start: Halkolaituri Pier, Helsinki. Finish: Artillery Bay, Suomenlinna, Helsinki.
Reservations: Between 26 June and 10 August, the voyage is available for group reservations on Wed, Thu and Sat at 10.30, and between 17 and 31 August on Sat at 10.30. Other times: the voyage can be booked during the sailing season between 15 May and 15 September depending on availability and schedule.
18th-Century Sea Adventure
The 18th-Century Sea Adventure offers passengers a historical cannon sloop cruise amidst the fortress islands of Suomenlinna. The voyage is led by no other than the most accomplished Admiral Chapman, who takes the passengers through times in an entertaining fashion, introducing them to the famous fortress and life in the navy. The participants have the opportunity to assist the crew in raising and lowering the sails, and the most courageous ones can join forces with their fellow traveller and try rowing with the oars. Welcome aboard!
Reservations: Between 15 May and 15 September depending on availability and schedule, and between 26 June and 10 August on Mon, Tue and Fri.
Bookings and terms
Suomenlinna B40, 00190 Helsinki, Finland
Tel. +358 (0)9 684 1850
History of Cannon Sloops
The Suomenlinna Sea Fortress served as a base for the Swedish Archipelago Fleet. The relatively small-sized but heavily armed and cleverly operated cannon sloops played a key role in the strategy of the fleet. They were designed by the famous naval architect Fredrik af Chapman, who created a number of new types of vessels for the Archipelago Fleet, at the same time turning ship building from mere craftsmanship into science. The cannon sloop Diana is a replica of the late-1700s cannon sloops, and like its ancestors, it can be moved forward using sails as well as oars. Diana is also equipped with a novelty: an electric engine. Diana was built at Suomenlinna’s historical shipyard, like many of the original 1700s cannon sloops.
Program at Suomenlinna
The sailing voyage takes the passengers to Suomenlinna, Artillery Bay, and it can be combined with a guided tour, a visit to the Suomenlinna Museum, and/or a lunch or dinner in Suomenlinna.
Experience the history of Suomenlinna
Visit the museum individually or with a group
Cafes and restaurants
The construction works of Suomenlinna begun in 1748