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This was on the way to Suomenlinna island, it is located just off the coast of Helsinki in Finland.

Alot of the people were inside the boat that I was in, but I managed to escape and another photographer happened to be snapping away at the front of the boat.

The great thing was, was that she was shooting at somthing else, whilst I managed to take this shot.

I dont know why I like this shot, but what I really like are the buildings on the island, they are such a dream to view, I just managed to take the boat in the pic.

here is more about the island I went to


Suomenlinna island (also known as Sveaborg, according to its original Swedish name) is located a short ferry trip away from the market square. Although the island is located off the coast of Helsinki, it is part of the city. It is a home to about 900 inhabitants who live on the island all around the year. Most buildings date back to the time when Finland was ruled by its dear neighbours, Sweden and subsequently by Russia. The rest of the buildings on the island are in use as offices, maintenance buildings and service points.

The island is also a home to a 250-year-old naval fortress, also known as Suomenlinna, that is open to visitors all year round. The construction of the fortress began in 1748 and it has been compared to the British maritime fortifications at Gibraltar, as it was built during the Swedish rule. It is one of the seven UNESCO's World Heritage Sites in Finland, and has been included in the list since 1991.

The island is really a mini city within a city. The facilities on the island include a library, fire brigade, church, visitors centre, shop, kiosk, post office, restaurants, caf廥, a youth hostel, a brewery, several museums as well as an open air theatre. Some of these are, however, closed during the winter.

There are plenty of nice spots for a picnic and you can also swim and sunbathe in various locations on the island - be prepared to walk a bit though.

In addition, they organise several events all around the year, including guided tours and exhibitions, a jazz festival, regatta and several concerts. In winter, visitors can enjoy the peace and quiet (as well as the snow, ice and the freezing temperatures) of the island.

I hope you like it

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