If you're planning a day trip from Helsinki, the small town of Porvoo should be on your list. Located on the shore of the Gulf of Finland and less than 50km away from the Finnish capital, this idyllic town full of history, beautiful architecture and galleries is the perfect short trip to explore the more traditional side of Finland!
Founded in 1748 on a cluster of islands off the coast of Helsinki, the Suomenlinna sea fortress is a cultural treasure. Built when Finland was still part of the Kingdom of Sweden, Suomenlinna has taken a vital part in the history of Finland. Today, it is not only a UNESCO heritage site but also one of the most popular days out among tourist and locals alike. Check out what to expect from Helsinki's sea fortress islands!