Friday, June 6, 2014

Helsinki, Finland and Suomenlinna

Helsinki was originally established at the mouth of the Vantaanjoki River in 1550 by King Gustav Vasa of Sweden, who wanted the town to compete with Tallinn. Due to the shallow water in the bay, the town was moved to its current location in the 1640s. Helsinki became the capital of Finland in 1812.

Suomenlinna, known as the 'Gibraltar of the North" is considered to be the largest sea fortress in the world and is included on UNESCO's list of World Heritage Treasures. The island is a 20 minute boat ride from Helsinki, Finland.

Suomenlinna was built to protect the country against invasion from Russia. 

Suomenlinna Island Fortress

Laura Ashley Lamm, Lance Cherry, and June Cherry touring the sea fortress.

Carnell Lamm and Retha Deaton touring Suomenlinna, a home to 800 residents.

The dry dock at the island fortress.

The history of the dockyard dates back to 1747.

A view from the island of Suomenlinna