After the Crimean War the Russian sandbank walls and gunpowder magazines on Suomenlinna were reinforced and covered with sand. Grass grew over the top of the magazines and helps to protect them.
The area attracts over half a million visitors a year. The combination of lots of feet and severe weather have eroded the ground allowing water to get through the layer of sand, causing them to cave in easily.
Work began in 2009 to restore the walls and magazines, and it is no longer possible to walk over them. It is a much better idea to admire them from below.
The magazines look wonderful in winter covered with snow.
It is difficult to believe that this beautiful and peaceful place was once an important military zone.
Suomenlinna is an easy ferry ride across the harbour from Helsinki. Ferries leave regularly and take only 15 minutes to reach the island.