Conference Venue

The walk to the conference venue, Tenaille von Fersen, only takes around 10 minutes, and passes by some of Suomenlinna’s picturesque buildings, such as the Jetty Barracks, the Nedonoskov house, the Suomenlinna church, the Ehrensvard museum and some of the island’s tunnels.
Suomenlinna From Above by Super Otus / Helsinki Marketing
Suomenlinna

THE VENUE

The sessions of the conference will be held in Suomenlinna, which is both a sea fortress and a set of eight inhabited islands some 4 km Southeast from the city centre.

Suomenlinna From Above
Super Otus / Helsinki Marketing

Suomenlinna

Suomen­linna

The Swedish crown began building the fortress in 1748, as a protective bastion against Russia. Suomenlinna was then surrendered to Russia in 1808, during the Finnish War, until Finland became independent in 1917.

Suomelinna Sea Fortress - King's Gate
Jussi Hellsten / Helsinki Marketing

Tenaille Von Fersen

Tenaille von Fersen

Tenaille von Fersen is one of the most important buildings in Suomenlinna. It was built in 1775 as the granary of the island’s bakery and its vaulted tile ceilings and grand windows give the space a unique atmosphere.

Image by Suomenlinnan hoitokunta

Ferry Ride

Ferry Ride

The conference island can be reached via a ferry trip that takes around 15 minutes.

Fun fact: in winter, when the sea freezes over, it is possible to just drive to Suomenlinna!

Suomelinna Ferry During Winter
Jussi Hellsten / Helsinki Marketing

Sights and Museums

Sights and Museums

Visit museums and enjoy the surroundings and history of one of Finland’s UNESCO World Heritage sites which is our Conference Venue, Suomenlinna!

Tunnel in Suomenlinna
Aino Heininen / Helsinki Marketing

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Suomenlinna Sea Fortress

Suomenlinna is an 18th-century sea fortress and nature area with centuries-old artillery and defensive walls, spread across 6 linked islands. The Swedish crown began building the fortress in 1748, as a protective bastion against Russia. Suomenlinna was then surrendered to Russia in 1808, during the Finnish War, until Finland became independent in 1917.

Nowadays Suomenlinna is under civilian control and some 700 people live there. In addition to that, the island hosts museums, an open prison and several cultural institutions. Suomenlinna was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991.

Suomenlinna in Autumn - Old Cannons by Yiping Feng and Ling Ouyang / Helsinki Marketing
Suomenlinna in Autumn – Old Cannons by Yiping Feng and Ling Ouyang / Helsinki Marketing

The conference island can be reached via a ferry that leaves from the Market Square. The trip takes around 15 minutes, and ferries leave regularly between 6:00 AM and 2:20 AM. In September the ferries run on Winter schedule so they depart every 40 minutes, remember to take this into account!

Fun fact: in winter, when the sea freezes over, it is possible to just drive to Suomenlinna!

Suomelinna Ferry During Winter by Jussi Hellsten / Helsinki Marketing
Suomelinna Ferry During Winter by Jussi Hellsten / Helsinki Marketing

The walk to the conference venue, Tenaille von Fersen, only takes around 10 minutes, and passes by some of Suomenlinna’s picturesque buildings, such as the Jetty Barracks, the Nedonoskov house, the Suomenlinna church, the Ehrensvard museum and some of the island’s tunnels. Many of the paths in Suomenlinna are paved with cobblestones, so we strongly recommend wearing comfortable shoes!

Suomenlinna in Autumn 20 by Yiping Feng and Ling Ouyang
Suomenlinna in Autumn 20 by Yiping Feng and Ling Ouyang
The walk from the Suomenlinna pier to the Conference Venue:

Tenaille von Fersen

With its handsome vaulted halls, the Tenaille von Fersen in the inner bastion ring of Suomenlinna is one of the most valuable buildings on the island. Tenaille von Fersen is located on Suomenlinna’s Susisaari island, next to the dry dock.

Venue with vaulted ceilings
Image by Suomenlinnan hoitokunta

The renovated banquet hall is located in the old granary of the fortification’s bakery, built in 1775. The rough, lively tile vaults and grand windows of the hall give the space a unique atmosphere.

Gunpowder Magazines in Fall, by Dorit Salutskij / Helsinki Marketing
Gunpowder Magazines in Fall, by Dorit Salutskij / Helsinki Marketing

Museums and historical views

If you want to relax and take a break from the busy conference program, what better way to do it than to visit museums and enjoy the surroundings and history of one of Finland’s UNESCO World Heritage sites which is our Conference Venue, Suomenlinna!