We spent the day clambering through stone garrisons, retreating into camouflaged bunkers, and bringing hip hop to an ancient sea fortress.
A 15 minute ferry ride from Helsinki is Suomenlinna, a sea fortress that was first built by the Sweds, then taken by the Russians, and finally given to the Finnish and declared an UNESCO World Heritage site for good measure.
The fortress walls of Suomenlinna.
A retired Finnish submarine from World War 2 sits on its banks.
Suomenlinna is a little less combative and a bit more quaint these days. Bring a blanket and snacks for a picnic lunch.
Our travel fam :)
Bombastically American. Alice and Kel show the Finnish how the Nae Nae is done.
Suomenlinna actually stretches over 6 islands and is lined with picturesque beaches. Pack a bathing suit and be prepared for frigid, but gloriously blue water.
Just jump. Photo Credit: David Zhou
You might expect a hobbit to pop out of one of the bunkers on the island.
On the fortress walls.
Emily and Kel put the cannons to use. Photo Credit: Calvin Sun.
Popping out of a bunker, my hobbit home. Photo Credit: Calvin Sun.