The conference excursion on Thursday Sept 6 at 14.00-18.30 is included in the registration fee and it directed at the Suomenlinna sea fortress situated on the islands right outside the harbour of Helsinki. This historical site can be reached from the market square in approx. 15 min by a public transport ferry. The excursion includes a guided tour of the fortress and afternoon coffee served at one of the restaurants on the islands.
Suomenlinna fortress is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, located approximately one kilometer off the coast from Helsinki. Originally Suomenlinna was a bastion fortress built on an group of islands and consisting of four closed fortresses, each on an island of its own, supplemented with open fortifications on two more islands. Within the walls was a garrison town with barracks and residential buildings, and a naval base with its dry docks and storage buildings. Until 1808, Suomenlinna was a Swedish fortress, but at the same time also an important naval base. Today, Suomenlinna is one of Finland’s most significant tourist attractions and a popular recreation and residential area with some 900 inhabitants.