Read about our seasonal program at Suomenlinna. We offer guided tours, events and much more. Welcome to Suomenlinna!
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Guided tours at Suomenlinna

During the guided walking tour an authorised guide tells about the 260 years of eventful history of Suomenlinna under the rule of three different states as well as the life on the island today. The guide will take you to the most important sights of the fortress, such as the Great Castle Courtyard, Piper’s Park and the Dry Dock, which in its days was among the largest in the world.

Guides at Suomenlinna are authorised by the Ehrensvärd Society together with the National Board of Antiquities and the Governing Body of Suomenlinna. Only authorised guides are allowed to guide groups in Suomenlinna. By using only authorised guides the Ehrensvärd Society wants to ensure the quality and the right historical facts of the tour.

Wintertime on weekends in English:  every Saturday and Sunday at 13:30.

In Russian: every day 28.12-31.12 and 2.1-6.1 at 12.30

The tours start from the Suomenlinna Centre. Duration one hour.

Tickets from webshop

or from Suomenlinna Centre 11/8/4 euros

Christmas at Ehrensvärd Museum 1.12.2018

Welcome to experience Christmas at the Ehrensvärd Museum in the spirit of the Enlightment. Learn more about the homes of the nobilities and interior design during the 18th Century during guided tours of the house. Chat with the Fortress Gnome Carl about the chores of the gnomes.  Be inspired by the atmosphere at the museum and design your own Christmas card with a rhyme in the handicraft corner.


The Ehrensvärd Museum is located on the original central courtyard of the fortress in the Commander’s House. The first occupant of the building was Augustin Ehrensvärd (1710-1772), the founder of the Suomenlinna fortress. The Ehrensvärd Museum’s collection includes paintings, furniture, weapons and ship models.


Entrance to the Ehrensvärd Museum  5/ 2 €.
Free with Helsinki Card
Place: Ehrensvärd Museum, Suomenlinna B 40
Tickets in advance:

Special exhibition at Suomenlinna Museum

Exhibition: One hundred years of Suomenlinna 1918–2018

Previously known as Sveaborg or Viapori, the fortress was named Suomenlinna 100 years ago. This exhibition examines the 100 years of the fortress’s Finnish period.

The photographs in the exhibition were taken in 1918 and 2018. In addition to photographs donated to the Governing Body of Suomenlinna, the exhibition features photographs taken from the same locations 100 years later.

The photographs taken in 1918 are from the collection of Carl von Wendt, the first civilian commandant of the fortress’s Finnish period. Photographers Gunnar Lönnqvist, Niilo Toivonen and Eric Sundström took these pictures in the summer of 1918. In 2018, photographer Tim Bird photographed Suomenlinna from the same angles as the photographers in 1918.

Christmas at the fortress

Christmas at the fortress is full of experiences and cosy atmosphere from 1 December 2018 to 6 January 2019. Restaurants, museums and galleries are open with special opening hours and Christmas themed program is available around the islands. Have a look at the program and make a journey to the World Heritage Site in Christmas!

During the first weekend of December many services are open and special program is organized. Trail of the Fortress Gnome is launched and Christmas trees will be lit. Also Christmas at Ehrensvärd Museum will be celebrated.

Read the whole Christmas Program.