Suomenlinna Sea Fortress / Vallisaari & Kuninkaansaari / Lonna / Vasikkasaari
Routes operated by JT-Line’s waterbuses:
- Market Square > Vallisaari > Suomenlinna, Artillery Bay > (Lonna) > Market Square = GREEN ROUTE (departure times on timetable marked with green base)
- Market Square > Lonna > Suomenlinna, Artillery bay & King´s Gate > Lonna > Market Square = BLUE ROUTE (departure times on timetable marked with blue base)
- Market Square > Lonna > Vallisaari > Suomenlinna, Artillery bay & King´s Gate > Lonna > Market Square = RED ROUTE (departure times on timetable marked with red base)
- Hakaniemi > Suomenlinna, Artillery Bay > Vallisaari > Vasikkasaari > Hakaniemi = YELLOW ROUTE (departure times on timetable marked with yellow base)
To make things easier we have listed the departure times for the scheduled waterbus service for each destination (Suomenlinna, Vallisaari, Lonna and Vasikkasaari) on their own separate timetable pages.
Suomenlinna is a maritime fortress located very close to Helsinki. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Finland’s most popular tourist attractions. Suomenlinna is also one of the districts of the City of Helsinki and home to 800 year-round residents.
The history of the Suomenlinna fortress is closely tied to the history of Finland and the Baltic Sea. The fortress was built in the mid-18th century to serve as a cornerstone of the eastern defences of the Kingdom of Sweden, to which Finland then belonged. The fortress was taken by Russia at the beginning of the 19th century. Under Russian rule it guarded the shipping lanes leading to St Petersburg together with naval bases in Tallinn and Kronstadt. In 1917, Finland became independent and took over the maritime fortress the following year. Suomenlinna offers something to see and experience for visitors of all ages: rich and varied nature, fortifications, artillery, tunnels, museums and many cafés and restaurants.
The waterbus service by JT-Line operates between the Kolera-allas stop by the Market Square and Artillery Bay and King’s Gate in Suomenlinna from 1 May to 30 September 2019.
More information on Suomenlinna can be found on the website:
Vallisaari & Kuninkaansaari
Vallisaari island and the neighbouring Kuninkaansaari island have been open to the public since May 2016, after having been released from military use. The islands are managed by Metsähallitus, which is responsible for developing operations on the islands while also protecting their natural and cultural values. The islands are situated right next to Suomenlinna. Only the narrow Kustaanmiekka sound separates Vallisaari from Suomenlinna, whereas Kuninkaansaari and Vallisaari are connected by a narrow causeway.
Nature meets history in a unique way on Vallisaari and Kuninkaansaari. In proportion to their surface area, the islands possess the richest biodiversity in Helsinki. What is more, the famous Alexander battery, casemate batteries and garrison buildings that were built during the period of Russian rule all have interesting stories to tell about the history of the area. Vallisaari is a nature destination and its services are still under development. There are dry toilets, but visitors should come prepared with shoes suitable for hiking in rough terrain and a water bottle.
The waterbus service by JT-Line operates between the Kolera-allas stop by the Market Square and Vallisaari from 1 May to 29 September 2019.
More information on Vallisaari and Kuninkaansaari can be found on the website (unfortunately only in Finnish):
Lonna is a small island situated between the Market Square and Suomenlinna that was opened to the public in summer 2014. The island has been the site of a sea mine depot and later a demagnetisation base, among other things. The demagnetisation base was in use from the Continuation War right up to the 1960s, as there were a lot of sea mines in Finnish territorial waters which were set off by the magnetic fields in ships’ hulls. The demagnetisation station’s equipment reduced these magnetic fields. Today Lonna has a cosy restaurant and café. The old demagnetisation equipment is on display for visitors in an exhibition area in the restaurant.
More information on Lonna can be found on the website (unfortunately only in Finnish):
The beautiful island of Vasikkasaari is a public area for outdoor activities and recreation owned by the City of Helsinki. The City is planning to develop the island into a local nature destination. The City of Helsinki also leases land on the island to members of a cottage association for their summer cottages. JT-Line will start a regular daily waterbus service from Hakaniemi to Vasikkasaari on 29 June 2019.
Vasikkasaari is located near to the centre of Helsinki, in an area of open sea called Kruunuvuorenselkä, surrounded on four sides by Katajanokka, Laajasalo, Santahamina and Suomenlinna. The island is very small, with a surface area of about 18 hectares, but its natural landscape and history mean there is plenty to see and do there. A large part of the island is in a very natural state, and in particular the impressive, high and rugged rocks on the western side of the island offer wonderful views of Suomenlinna and towards the centre of Helsinki.
The island’s public facilities that can be used by all visitors to the island are WCs, waste collection points and a BBQ area. JT-Line’s waterbus service from Hakaniemi to Vasikkasaari will run from 29 June until 11 August 2019.
Further information on Vasikkasaari is available on the website (unfortunately only in Finnish):
A map of facilities on Vasikkasaari can be found here (unfortunately only in Finnish):
JT-Line’s waterbus service will use Vasikkasaari’s main jetty, which is signposted “T-laituri” (T-jetty).