Lonna is a small restaurant island next to Suomenlinna Island, 1.5 kilometers (10 minutes) from the mainland. Many water buses from the Market Square to Suomenlinna Island Fortress stop at Lonna Island, too. We took island hopping (hop-on hop-off) tickets by JT-Line: the Market Square - (Lonna) - Vallisaari - Suomenlinna - Lonna - the Market Square. It cost only 8 euros for one day (children 7-16 years 4 euros). Departures marked with L on the timetable stop off at Lonna also on the outward journey from the Market Square to Suomenlinna.
This tiny restaurant island has a very interesting history. In 1880 it was turned into a storage site for naval mines and so brick storehouses were built. A small railway laid across the island dates from the same period. It is still visible. It was used to connect the mine storehouse to piers. The island was used as a mine storehouse until 1933, when mines were moved to Melkki Island.
Nowadays there are beautiful rocky shorelines, a restaurant and a public sauna on Lonna Island. The restaurant is almost a fine dining restaurant but in a very earthy way. They use local organic foods (meat, fish and vegetarian options). They have both the indoor restaurant and a summer terrace.
The waffle bar is situated downstairs. We ate extremely delicious waffles on the patio. I chose cloudberry jam with my waffle. It is a Finnish specialty. Cloudberries are very rich in nutrients. I also ate Kuusi Ice Cream. It is local ice cream made of spruce! It was very interesting. The vanilla ice cream of the local ice cream factory was extremely delicious, too.
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