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CRUISE PORT HAMINAKOTKA - THE PORT OF OPPORTUNITIES Port of HaminaKotka is responsible for the marketing, customers, product development and co-ordination of the cruise business in the cities of Kotka and Hamina, on the Southeast coast of Finland at the Finnish Coastline right where the rapids of River Kymijoki, the biggest river in Southern Finland, rushes to meet the sea. The wonderful nature and city parks, dazzling history of the border region, outstanding cultural events and sights and thousands of friendly people welcome travelers for a memorable visit. The berthing places for cruise ships are in the City Center of Kotka island, Hamina or Mussalo port areas, close to the old city of Porvoo, Lakeland Lappeenranta, only a 100 minute journey from Helsinki on the E18 highway. 100 NM from Tallinn and 125 NM from St. Petersburg. The port of the picturesque boutique cities by the sea, Kotka and Hamina, is located a stone’s throw away from all the experiences. Your guests are able to experience, within a few hours, the soul of whole Finland - from the pulsating capital to the exotic nature, from pushing one’s limits to finding an inexplicably glorious peace of mind. The getaway destination to Finland!

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QUICK FACTS

Port area in numbers: •1,100 ha of land areas •1,400 ha of sea areas •9 km of quays •76 berths •80 km of railways

LANGUAGE

Finnish, Swedish, English, German, Russian, Dutch and Spanish. (Most common Finnish and English).

DISTANCE FROM PIER TO CITY CENTER

From Kantasatama to the City Cente700 m, from Mussalo Terminal B to City Center 8 km/20 min. To Helsinki International Airport 130 km/90 min.

TRANSPORTATION TO/FROM AIRPORT

Helsinki International Airport is located 130 km from Kotka. There are several daily buses between Kotka and Helsinki Travel time is approximately 2 hours. Travel time 90 minutes by shuttle bus or by car from or to the port areas.

CURRENCY

EURO as cash and most common credit and debit cards including Visa Electron.

TRANSPORT TO/FROM CITY CENTRE

Shuttle buses negotiable in Hamina and Mussalo from pier to Port Gate FOC. Kantasatama City Terminal within walking distance.

BANKS AND POST OFFICES

Post offices are open from 09-to evening hours. Banks are not handling currency or other cash. All currency or other cash should be handled via ATM:s.

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PORT

Serves all types of cargo: Passenger traffic, Containers, RoRo, Liquid bulk, Dry bulk, LoLo, Gas, Project shipments.

Port information

PORT OF HAMINAKOTKA PORT AREA IN NUMBERS: •1,100 ha of land areas •1,400 ha of sea areas •9 km of quays •76 berths •90 km of railways MAX. SHIP DIMENSIONS FOR BERTH CITY PORT KOTKA KANTASATAMA PIER 1 (I1-I2) Lenght: 270 m, Width: 50 m, Swept Draught: 9,6 m, Air Draught: Unlimited CITY PORT KOTKA KANTASATAMA PIER 2 (I3) Length: 172 m + ramp 20 m, Width: 50 m, Swept Draught: 11,2m, Air Draught: Unlimited HAMINA EU1-EU4 Length: 609 m, Swept Draught: 11,2-13,2 m, Width: 50 m, Air draught: Unlimited Mussalo B Length: 500 m, Width: 50 m, Swept Draught: 11,5–13,7 m, Air draught: Unlimited ANCHORAGE Available: Inner roads. SERVICES Fresh water: Yes, Bunkering: Yes, Waste disposal: Yes, Oily waste collection: Yes, Sewage collection: Yes, Hazardous waste collection: Yes, LNG: Yes, Shuttle service: Can be arranged, Ships tenders allowed: Yes, Pilotage compulsory: Yes, Tugs: Available, Tidal movement/range: None.

Berthing policy:

Port of HaminaKotka/Kotka & Hamina

Max LOA: I1-I2: 235 m (pier length 270 m + ramp 28 m) I3: 140 m (pier length 172 m + ramp 20 m)Type of berth (passenger, cargo, bulk traffic): Passenger.Fenders available (brand and type): I1-I2: Sumitomo rubber lateral beta type. Extra vertical fender. I3: Sumitomo cylinder rubber lateral.Info on tides: No tides.Info on wind: Good shelter. Learn more
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Mussalo Terminal Pier B

Max LOA: No limit/500,0 m (500 m length of berthing place) Max depth: 10,5 m (swept draught 11,5 m) Type of berth (passenger, cargo, bulk traffic): Container. Fenders available (brand and type): B1-B2: Sumitomo rubber lateral fender. B3: Sumitomo rubber lateral fender, cylinder fender.Bollard strength: 1000 kN Learn more
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Hamina EU1-E4

Max LOA: 609,0 m No limit (609,0 m berthing place).Max depth: EU1: 10,0 m (swept draught 11,2 m) EU2: 11,5 m (swept draught 12,75 m) EU3-4: 12,0 m (swept draught 13,2 m)Type of berth (passenger, cargo, bulk traffic): Bulk.Fenders available (brand and type): EU1-EU4: Lateral rubber cylinder fender, vertical steel fender. Bollard strength: EU1: 750 kN EU2-EU4: 1000 kN Learn more
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Covid-19 Information

COVID-19 requires special measurements for a safe return to cruising. Please find below an overview of the port's measurements. The document is a working document and is continuously updated to meet the current standards. (If nothing is shown, the port are not ready with their overview yet. Please contact them directly instead)

Port Reception Facilities

Direct shore connections available: No direct shore connections to municipality waste water system. Available by trucks alongside.Number and maximum flow rate: Max flow 35 m3/hrTank trucks available: YesNumber and maximum capacity of Tank trucks (cubm): By requestLocal storage - Sewage available and maximum capacity (cubm): By trucks alongside Learn more

Port Fees

Harbour dues (Currency/GT)

Available upon request

Passenger dues (Currency/PAX)

Available upon request

Services available for guests

Always available
Available in some cases
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Pier
Personal welcome

We have a welcome crew for both the passengers and the crew members.

Musical welcome and/or farewell

We have a welcoming band for the guests when they disembark.

Free local food samples

We have availability of offering pop-up local sample tastes by request.

Gifts for passengers

We have availability of offering gifts/goodie bags in some cases.

Shopping & Attractions
Shops open on Sundays
Shops offer flexible opening hours for cruise guests

Yes. We have a collaboration agreement.

Shops accept credit card payment with no lower limit

Yes.

Port
Independent guest reception and help

We offer all cruise lines help to set up a hospitality desk on board together with our staff.

Local life and events with locals

We always have locals involved into having pop-up events in the port area to serve our cruise guests.

Mailbox available

We have a mailbox in the port area.

Signed walking route from pier to city centre and/or public transport

We have a signed route from the port area to the city center. Taxi stand and bus transportations from ISPS area in Mussalo and Hamina available.

Tourist information

We have a tourist office in the port area serving our cruise guests and the crew.

Free Wi-Fi in port

Free WiFi in the port area (limited) and the city center in specified areas of which we inform about in our service map that is available on ship and in the port area.

Destination collaboration/shore excursions
Local cruise network

Yes. We have a group of local companies + the Cities of Kotka and Hamina, the Port of HaminaKotka, incoming offices and port agents.

Authorized guides

Yes. We have a well-established guide network (FI, SE, EN, DE, RU, IT, ES, FR main languages).

Education of tourism partners on the cruise guest

Yes, the service providers are dedicated to our cruise development program and well educated.

Destination video available for Cruise Lines
Transport
Free shuttle available

Based on agreement: from Hamina and Mussalo piers to the port gate or the city center.

City centre within 1 km from pier

The Kotka island city center is 700,0 m from the Kantasatama pier, 27,0 km from the Hamina pier (25 min) and 8,0 km from the Mussalo pier (25 min). Hamina city center is 4,7 km from Hamina pier (10 min).

Publicly regulated taxis

All taxi services are licensed.

Bike rental including map or GPS

Yes.

Turnaround facilities
Direct flights to USA

From Helsinki airport (appr. 1 hour, 25 minutes by car).

Airport less than one hour drive from city centre

The road time to the Helsinki International airport is approx. 1 hour, 15 min. from the port areas.

Free Wi-Fi in airport

Yes.

Quarters for crew in port

Tent available as lounge service. New facilities in process in Kantasatama.

Selected attractions

Kotka is a city on an island on the eastern Finnish Gulf near St. Petersburg by the Kymijoki River. The city centre is combined to the mainland with bridges. The attractions have an easy access by boat, coach, bike or just by walking. Experience the authentic small coastal city through nature, history, culture, several activities and of course the locals!

MARITIME MUSEUM OF FINLAND VELLAMO AND THE KYMENLAAKSO PROVINCE MUSEUM

A fascinating piece of architecture which presents the Finnish and regional maritime history in a real harbour environment.

KOTKA MARETARIUM - FANTASTIC AQUARIUM HOUSE FOR FINNISH SEALIFE

Discover the way of life hidden beneath the water surface of the Baltic Sea. You can meet face to face with about 60 different species of fish and other sealife native to Finland.

LANGINKOSKI IMPERIAL FISHING LODGE

How does a real emperor spend his holiday? By the River Kymijoki, at Langinkoski near Kotka, fishing and enjoying the magnificent nature in peace. Naturally! Welcome to sense the imperial atmosphere! Unique history Russian Czar Alexander III visited the Kymijoki delta at Langinkoski at the end of the 19th century. He was enchanted by the natural beauty of the place and commenced building a fishing lodge for himself there. The imperial summer holiday location was completed in 1889. It became the favourite destination of the imperial family, a place where they could relax and forget the strict court etiquette and the golden rooms of the Winter Palace in St Petersburg. The Czar would fish and chop wood at Langinkoski while the Czarina would cook. Proper cottage life! The fishing lodge of Alexander III, Czar of Russia, in the Langinkoski preservation area, is the only building owned by the Czar that has been preserved outside the Russian borders. A cosy museum The fishing lodge operates now as a museum. The reception room, kitchen and dressing rooms and studies are located downstairs, with the bedrooms upstairs. Original objects and photographs tell stories of the high-ranking residents of this modest house. The courtyard includes a small chapel, fish hatchery, fishermen’s cottage and a shed for fishing equipment. The buildings are surrounded by several waterways of various sizes, and the nearby area is a nature preservation area. Langinkoski remains a popular fishing area. The environment also has plenty of trails for leisurely trekking.mAccess to nature conservation area is free of charge.

KOTKA INTERNATIONALLY AWARDED NATIONAL URBAN PARKS - THE PARK TRAIL

A National Urban Park is a combination of valuable culture and natural landscapes as well as recreation and protected areas, located in an urban environment. The Kotka island city center has evolved into a fresh combination of lush areas and glimmering sea. Sapokka Water Garden, Sibelius Park, Sculpture Promenade, Katariina mSeaside Park, Isopuisto Park, Herb Garden Redoubt Kotka, Fuksinpuisto Park, Palotorninvuori Park are all situated in the Kotka city center, and in addition, the Varissaari Park on a nearby island. The parks tell you about the story of the city, which developed from being a community living from the sea and the river to a fortress town protecting St. Petersburg and in the years to come, into a diversified harbour town.

HAMINA OLD TOWN CENTRE

Hamina has always been a significant trading, military and port town since centuries back, with an interesting border town history as neighboring with Russia. Hamina's city center, based on a unique circular town plan, is one of the region's most fascinating sights with its old wooden houses with their rose gardens endorsing the beauty of this small summer town. Visitors can enjoy a broader view of the City of Hamina and its history from the ramparts of the fortifications surrounding the city center. The outward pointing corners of this star-shaped fortress's outer walls form six bastions named after the six Finnish citadels of the time: Helsinki, Hamina, Savonlinna, Lappeenranta, Hämeenlinna and Turku. The largest of Hamina's bastions is the central bastion built in 1803–1811. Its 58 casemates (reinforced vaults) were originally designed as bomb-proof storage areas. Hamina's unusual circular town plan was created during1722–1723.are based on Central European and Italian Renaissance fortress concepts from the 16th century. Fortress towns like this are quite rare; other examples are Palmanova in Italy and Neubreisach in France. Built in 1789, the Town Hall is the center point of the circle.

SUOMEN SALPA DEFENSE LINE

The Salpa Trail offers an excellent natutal setting for outdoor excercise and refreshment. Suomen Salpa is a bunker line on the eastern border of Finland. It was built during the interim peace between the Winter war and the Continuation War to defend Finland as a 1200 km bar against a possible Soviet Invasion. It is one of the most significant efforts of independent Finlan, a defence line built to defend the Russian border. The Salpa Line was built in 1940–1941 and 1944, stretching incredible 1,200 kilometres. The construction is the most extensive piece of construction work of independent Finland. The Salpa Line is also one of the strongest and best preserved defence line from the Second World War still in existence in Europe. It offers a chance to touch upon history in an authentic and tangible way. The area also provides good opportunities for outdoor activities and relaxation in the beautiful nature of Southeastern Finland. The 43-kilometre Salpa Trek along the Salpa Line takes you through the areas of interest of the Salpa Line as well as the magnificent nature and cultural environment of Southeastern Finland.

KAUNISSAARI - THE BEAUTIFUL ISLAND

An island in a fantastic seascape amidst beautiful nature, absorbing the ambiance of a unique fishing village milieu, Kaunissaari is bound to take your breath away.You can hire a bicycle from the harbour office of the boat harbour to cycle all the way up to the old sector at the northernmost tip of the island, a ride of approximately 3 kilometres. You can also explore the island by foot just as well. The southern tip of Kaunissaari has a fishing village preserved in its original form with old idyllic fisherman's houses, courtyards and narrow alleyways. The harbour bay is lined with red shore houses and boat sheds. The island is covered with pine forests shaped by the winds and, on the northern and eastern sides, long sandy beaches. The highest peak of the island has an ice-age shore bank, also referred to as the Devil's Field. The guest boat harbour has a barbeque cabin where you can have your own barbeque and food. You can also buy food to go from the local island shop. Next to the shop, Coffeeshop Merituuli sells tasty stone-baked pizzas and other delicacies. Restaurant Kaunissaaren Maja offers great food: the island's special salmon soup is very popular. You can also buy smoked fish from the local fishermen.

HAUKKAVUORI SIGHTSEEING TOWER

Haukkavuori Lookout Tower is located in the highest point of Kotka island, and the tower rises 72 meters above sea level. It is shown as a landmark of Kotka on arrival, whether you come by car or boat. From the deck of the tower offers a stunning views over Kotka city and the Eastern Gulf of Finland archipelago. There are changing exhibitions at the gallery of the Haukkavuori Lookout Tower.

THE KOTKA CHURCH

Designed by architect Josef Daniel Stenbäck in 1898, Kotka Church is located in the town centre. The red-brick, Gothic Revival church tower reaches a height of 54 metres. The church has very impressive stained glass windows on either side of the altar, and rose windows consisting of more than 2,000 pieces of glass. Its altarpiece, by artist Pekka Halonen, is called Tietäjien kumarrus (“The Wise Men’s Bow”). The new organ in Kotka Church was consecrated to commemorate the church’s centenary during advent in 1998.This 44-register organ represents the tradition created by German organ master Gottfried Silbermann. Church concerts can be organized by request.

ST. NICHOLAS ORTHODOX CHURCH

Towering above Isopuisto Park on Kotka island, the 1801 St Nicholas Orthodox Church is Kotka’s only building to survive the Crimean War. It's believed to be the work of architect Yakov Perrini, who designed the St Petersburg Admiralty.

MUSEUM ICEBREAKER TARMO

Tarmo is a Finnish steam-powered icebreaker preserved in the Maritime Museum of Finland in Kotka. Built in 1907 by Sir W.G. Armstrong, Whitworth & Co Ltd in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom, she was the third state-owned icebreaker of Finland and the last Finnish steam-powered icebreaker to remain in service. When Tarmo was decommissioned in 1970, a decision was made to preserve the vessel as a museum ship. After a long wait in Helsinki, Tarmo was towed to Kotka and completely restored in the early 1990s. Tarmo is anchored by the Finnish Maritime Museum Vellamo on the Kotka island.

THE FINNISH WOODEN BOAT CENTRE

The Finnish Wooden Boat Centre was founded to cherish the Finnish wooden boat heritage. The best way to maintain a tradition is, however, to create new traditions. That is why the Finnish Wooden Boat Centre has the honour to host the Red Sky boat yard, which also creates new pearls for the next generation, besides restoring old ones. Wood is a living material. A wooden boat, like a person, ages gracefully with good care. With all it's minuscule details, a wooden boat only gains in character as it ages. It has been noticed that people who visit, cannot help but caress the varnished wooden boat deck. No modern material creates the same primitive sensation than that of smoothly varnished wood. It is striven to actively develop the wooden boat culture to reflect the demands of the future. A modern wooden boat is more practical than its predecessors, and as practical as other modern materials. Without having to compromise on beauty. The Finnish Wooden Boat Centre is open for the public during working hours. Without an entrance fee.

ISLAND OF FORT ELISABETH - VARISSAARI

Fort Elisabeth or Varissaari island outside Kotka, is an approximately ten-minute journey from the continent by sea. You can take a boat in the Sapokka Marina that takes you the island. In the 18th century, there was a defensive fortress on the island that was built in 1790-1796 originally on two islands. Together with Fort Slava in Kukouri, it protected the shipping lanes leading to the fortress town Svensksund (predecessor of Kotka) from the west and the south. The Elisabeth fortress on Varissaari was named after Russian Empress Elisabeth Petrovna, and served as part of the Svensksund naval fortress. The fortress was discontinued in the early 19th century, and later during the same century, its buildings and walls were destroyed in the Crimean War. Over the past years, the walls have been repaired, however, and the island has been a popular site for outdoor activities for the people of Kotka since the late 19th century. The ship parts and cannons salvaged from the wreck of the frigate St. Nikolai that was sunk in the naval battles of Svensksund (1789-1790) still stand on the island as a reminder of its warlike past. Varissaari combines the calm of nature, breathtaking scenery and the service providers of various maritime activities that crowns a summer day spent in Kotka. Food and drinks are provided by the cozy summer restaurant Vaakku.

Exciting extras

ARCHIPELAGO

When we step ashore, you will be transported into the life of an old fishing village. The history of Kaunissaari begins with permanent settlement in the 16th century. Today,the island has a small summer village.In these surroundings, you will learn how to prepare and enjoy a traditional archipelago dinner. The cooking class is conducted by the owner of the island’s restaurant, where they specialize in making dishes from local ingredients. You can also choose to just relax and enjoy the beautiful island.

CATCH OF THE DAY

Experience fishing at the rapids of Siikakoski. The Kymijoki river is famous for being the best salmon river in Southern Finland. In the 18th century, Siikakoski used to belong to the Valamo monastery, and the monks made their living by selling fish to the Russian fortress town of Ruotsinsalmi, which the Kotka island is today.

RAFTING

Discover the strength of Mother Nature in a safe and fun way at Kymijoki River! During the rafting trip, you will enjoy the idyllic nature sceneries of gorgeous Kymijoki River, the best rafting river in Southern Finland, and experience the sensation of navigating the swirling rapids. After rafting activities, relax by the campfire and coffee enjoying the views of picturesque rapids.

SWIMMING IN THE WHITE WATER RAPIDS

SWIMMING IN WHITE WATER RAPIDS An unique experience to try is swimming in white water rapids. A memorable experience in the Kymijoki River in a beautiful landscape.

TAKE A HIKE ON THE SUOMEN SALPA DEFENSE LINE

The Salpa Trail offers an excellent natural setting for outdoor exercise and refreshment. Suomen Salpa is a bunker line on the eastern border of Finland. It was built during the Interim Peace between the Winter War and the Continuation War to defend Finland as a 1200 km bar against a possible Soviet invasion.

COUNTRY EXPERIENCE ON HORSEBACK

Enjoy your stay in the beautiful countryside scenery on a Finnhorse at Harju Manor and experience the beauty and silence of the nature.

Events

19 Mar 2021
31 Dec 2024
EVENTS 2021-2024 IN THE DESCRIPTION AREA FOR THE TIME BEING!
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Hi there! Please use the information below, until the visitkotkahamina website is available again! Sorry for any inconvenience. Please note that the exact dates hereunder are for the year 2021, however, the dates will follow as such in 2022-2024 – just adjusted according to each calendar year vs. weekday. EVENTS 2021-2024 KOTKA-HAMINA REGION 13-30 May Arktika Days, Virolahti, www.arktikavirolahti.fi 22-23 May Kotka Fish Market, Sapokka harbour, Kotka 9‒13 Jun Kymijoen Lohisoitto Music Festival, Kotka, Pyhtää, www.lohisoitto.fi 6-10 Jul Kaakko Chamber Music Festival, Virolahti, www.kaakkofestival.fi/en-ru 2-3 Jul East Coast Festival https://eastcoastfestival.fi/ 16-17 Jul Hamina Bastioni Beer Festival 28-31 Jul Kotka Maritime Festival, www.meripaivat.com 28-31 Jul Children's Maritime Festival, Kotka 29-30 Jul The Swan Lake, St Petersburg Ballet Theatre, Hamina Bastion https://balletbastioni.fi/ 2-7 Aug Hamina Tattoo Military Music Festival, Hamina, www.haminatattoo.fi Aug 2021 Traditional Harvest Market, Hamina 20-21 Aug Archipelago Market in Pyhtää 28 Aug Ancient Fires' Night, Kotka and Pyhtää Oct Kotka Fish Market, Sapokka harbour, Kotka 4 Sep Hamina Bastioni Car show https://www.hamina.fi/bastioni/kohdekortit/bastioni-car-show-2019/ 10 Sep Night of Lights, Hamina 6-7 Nov Kymi Grand Market CHRISTMAS LAND IN HAMINA FROM END OF NOVEMBER UNTIL CHRISTMAS THE FINNISH MARITIME FESTIVAL - EVERY YEAR THE SAME DATES (adjusted per calendar year/weekdays Wednesday-Saturday) 28.7.-31.7.2022 27.7.-30.7.2023 THE HAMINA MILITARY MUSIC FESTIVAL – TATTOO EVERY 2ND YEAR 11.-16.7.2022 BALLETBASTIONI / THE SWAN LAKE, ST. PETERSBURG BALLET THEATRE 7.-8.7.2022 For more information, please contact cruise@haminakotka.fi (The website www.visithaminakotka.fi/events is under development for the time being. Status update March 19, 2021.)

Varied Shore Excurions

Some slices below of the most tasty SHORE-EX - there is more on the menu!

SHORE-EXCURSIONS

A PHOTO TOUR TO THE INTERNATIONALLY AWARDED PARKS OF KOTKA
Store the lushness and blooming on your memory card! Our photographer guide will take you on a tour through the blooming parks of Kotka. In springtime you can capture the overwhelming colorfulness of the blossoming azaleas of the Fuksinniitty park, and the amazing rhododendrons and the beautiful tulips of the internationally recognized Sapokka Water Garden. In summertime you get to capture the lushness of Sapokka Water Garden, in addition to its ponds, arched bridges and mesmerizing roses and shrubs. You photograph the outstanding shapes of the rocks, the diversity of water plants, and the bubbly waterfall - both under or above the waterfall!
THE SECRET GARDENS OF FORTRESS TOWN HAMINA
Behind the gates of the old wooden city houses, you are going get to dive into the fascinating past of the fortress town Hamina (est. 1723) with all its amazing historic characters. The owners of the houses and gardens welcome you, offering a progressive lunch and refreshment tour. Dive into the old-world city-life, and take a short walk around to get to know the unique circular town of and its remains of the famous star-shaped fortress.
YOGA BY THE SEA
Let the wind touch you. Let the sea give you a scent. Hear the vibrant seabirds speaking. Give your mind and body time to relax. Listen to the sound of silence. Breathe free and dive into your inner journey and experience soothing yoga by the sea, in the magical surroundings on the beach by the seaside park of fortress Katarina. Add these peaceful moments as an unforgettable dimension to your experience.
KOTKA TOUR ON LAND AND SEA
Kotka and its main attractions, including a walk at the Sapokka Water Garden. Boat tour from Sapokka Marina, finishing with a local fishermen’s buffet. At the Fort Elisabeth island before getting back to port.
IMPERIAL KOTKA
The Tsars of Russia occasionally liked to travel to Finland. During the trip, we will visit the Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge built for Czsar Alexander III by boat and hear about the interesting joint history with Russia. On the way back the coack takes us to the Orthodox Church of St Nicholas which was the only building left in Kotka after the Crimean War undertakings that also affecting this island town.
FORT SLAVA ISLAND TOUR
Fortress island of Fort Slava listening to a concert whilst having a local tasting picnic within the remains of the fort. The tall ship Vivan takes you from the Kotka island on a 30 minute sailing trip to the island where you get a touch of the history of the region in an authentich athmoshere.
ROUTED BIKING
Wonderful, relaxed biking tours in the surroundings of the region. Meanwhile biking take a swim in the sea, have a picnic in one of the internationally awarded island parks or just enjoy the scenery.
KOTKA ARCHIPELAGO BY TALL SHIP
Experience the beauty and the history from the Vikings to today, of the inner archipelago for 3 hours by sailing on board an old-fashioned tall ship, previously used to transport cargo abound the Baltic Sea, now fitted out to provide a comfortable voyage for its guests.
FINNISH SAUNA EXPERIENCE
Enjoy a thoroughly authentic Finnish experience by visiting a traditional sauna at the seaside. This sauna is built inside a cave and is heated up with local wood, which provides soft, clean steam and a pleasant aroma. Or enjoy your sauna by the riverside at the Kymijoki River and cool yourself by doing a quick swimming experience in the rapids.
KOTKA BY LAND AND SEA
Your day will consist of three different parts – a tour around Kotka, originally built as a fortress to protect St. Petersburg, a bus trip filled with history, a bit of culture, as well as a boat trip around Kotkansaari Island. The tour starts with a trip that will take you around the main island of Kotka, where the city centre is located. You will experience the internationally awarded parks from park to park of the town, known as the green living rooms, the sculpture promenade – the outdoor gallery in the heart of Kotka. Then continue to the Isopuisto Park including the Church of St. Nicholas and hear about the development of Kotka from the Viking Age to the days of today. The tour will continue to the Sapokka Marina from where you will be taken on a boat tour around the Kotkansaari island through one of the most interesting historical sceneries in Finland.
KOTKA MARITIME CENTRE VELLAMO, SAPOKKA GARDENS AND LANGINKOSKI
An excursion dedicated entirely to the city of Kotka to discover its history, main monuments and ancient traditions connected to maritime culture and navigation in often prohibitive conditions.You will see the Sapokka Gardens, the Finnish Maritime Museum Vellamo and Museum of Kymenlaakso and the Imperial Fishing Lodge Langinkoski. When leaving the port behind you, you will go on a sightseeing tour of Kotka, a picturesque boutique city with a long-standing maritime tradition. The first stop is a true temple of modern architecture - the Vellamo Maritime Centre, a multifunctional centre along the old quay. The facility is home to two museums. The next stop will be the Sapokka gardens. Apart from a small-boat harbour, Sapokka is also an old sea bay refurbished into a charming park area. The dominant element of the park is water: there is the sea of course, but water also flows in small brooks and ponds and in a waterfall on the south bank of the park. Then you will drive through the Kotka island and have a panoramic view of the many internationally awarded and diversified parks in the city centre when driving to the Imperial Fishing Lodge with its nature resort in Langinkoski by the Kymi River, and you arrive at the lodge a cottage built for Tsar Alexander III from Russia.
KOTKA AND THE IMPERIAL FISHING LODGE AT KYMIJOKI RIVER LANGINKOSKI
You start with a short walk to a motorboat, which takes you on a trip to discover the fascinating history of Finland: it was once part of Sweden, and later became the Grand Duchy of Russia, an autonomous state within the Russian Empire. On board, enjoy the searide as your guide tells you about the era of the Vikings and Hanseatic times, and of the strong links that exist between Finland and both Russia and Western Europe. Heading upstream on the River Kymi, you reach the Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge, originally the summer home of Tsar Alexander III, where you disembark for an imperial welcome and meet the daily life of the family that escaped the hectic life in St Petersburg for the peace and quiet of the River Kymijoki.
KOTKA/HAMINA AND THEIR ARCHIPELAGO BY TALL SHIP
Kotka and Hamina are undeniably maritime cities with a wide maritime history and culture. On this tour you can go back in time to the great days of sail. You will be taken to the tall ship, where you step on board a century-old cargo vessel that used to sail around the Baltics bringing goods and merchandise to Finland. Today this ship has been beautifully restored and converted to carry passengers during the summer months. Once on board, you can assist the crew with the sails, or simply enjoy the views of the beautiful archipelago outside Kotka/Hamina.
ARCHIPELAGO ADVENTURE
A short transfer takes you from your ship to the small boat harbour where your skipper is already waiting for you. Step on board your speed boat and enjoy a fast ride out to sea. Your adventure begins with a mini-cruise through the beautiful Finnish archipelago, during which you can also view Kotka/Hamina from a new perspective. Your boat takes you up close to the Russian Border, to view the island of Gogland belonging to Russia, where your skipper will arrange a photo-stop. Afterwards you continue to the Kaunissaari island, a small fishing village, where you can explore the network of public footpaths, view the local inhabitants’ summer cottages and enjoy the sparkling athmosphere of the island’s summer restaurant. Your return journey to Kotka will hug the coast, where you can see numerous private houses in addition to public open spaces.
AUTHENTIC ARCHIPELAGO OF KOTKA – HOPPING ON THREE ISLANDS
You will onboard an idyllic boat enjoy a pleasant cruise in the authentic Finnish archipelago, listening to the silence of the sea and experiencing the rough beauty and diversity of the islands. At first you will be taken to the island of Fort Slava, which used to be a fortress over 200 years ago, built to protect the seaways to St. Petersburg. During this time Finland was a territory of Russia, and the location was optimal at the time. The tour continues to the historic islands of Rankki and Varissaari. You will dive into the stories and characters of the biggest naval battle in the Baltic Sea, which took place at the open sea in front of you. Russia and Sweden fought at this location twice, in 1789 and 1790. After this catastrophic battle, Katherine the Great decided to build a fortress town close to St. Petersburg, Svensksund, the predecessor of the city of Kotka. The island is exhaled with history.
EXPERIENCE THE FORTRESS TOWN HAMINA
You begin your tour with a boat trip bringing you to one of the most history-filled towns in Finland. Your boat will take you from Kotka to the fortress town Hamina (est. 1653) by the Russian border. The strategic location has always played an important role for the history of Hamina. Vehkalahti county, of which Hamina was a part of, was first mentioned in documents in 1336. The main sights of the town are, amongst others, the town hall, the town museum, the reserve officer school, and the Hamina fortress. Behind the gates of the old wooden city houses, you are going get to dive into the fascinating past of the fortress town Hamina with all its historically fascinating characters. The owners of the houses and gardens welcome you in their gardens. Experience the old-world city-life and take a short walk around to get to know the unique circular town of and its famous star-shaped fortress.
FINNISH MARSHLAND EXPERIENCE
Experience Finnish marshland nature and explore the Valkmusa National Park. The three hours walking tour, offers you a mind healing moment in the authentic nature with its wellbeing items. Versatile nature in the marshlands of the park takes you to the silence, peace and freshness of nature, relaxation and maybe even tastes of Finnish healthy berries. Valkmusa’s extensive natural open bogs give visitors a chance to wind down and see, hear and smell, and even taste nature all around. You can look out for wetland birds and fluttering marshland butterflies, especially in spring and summer. Maybe also find some berries growing around the moss to eat, depending on your time of visit. The nature around you hugs you independent of the season.
FISHING EXPERIENCE BY THE KYMI RIVER
A coach will bring you to the Kymi River which is the largest river in southern Finland, being one of the best salmon-fishing rivers in the country. The river, which back in history marked the border between Sweden and Russia, offers also a haven for calm and relaxation. The Siikakoski fishing area is upstream from the mouth of Kymi River. It includes countless excellent fishing spots for those in search of salmon, rainbow trout or sea trout. Siikakoski is the most popular location in the area, thanks to its accessibility and the relative ease of catching fish there
PARK CAPITAL BIKE RIDE OR WALK ABOUT
Join the route of 5 km on and around the Kotka island and experience the lushness of the National Urban Park neckless. Dive into the beautiful, rich and abundant flower gardens, historic and cultural athmospere from park to park. You can pop into the parks you like, or travel the entire route on foot or by bike. The tour includes Sapokka Water Garden, Katariina Seaside Park, Sculpture Promenade, Haukkavuori Lookout Tower, Palotorninvuori Park, Mansikkalahti, Sibelius Park, and Redutti-Kotka herb garden. All the parks have an own significant authenticity and history.
RIVER CRUISING OR RIVER RAFTING EXPERIENCE
Experience the power of the fast-flowing and unspoilt River Kymi and savour traditional Finnish food on this exciting tour. As you travel down the river, you will experience at close hand some of the miracles that the wild River Kymi has to offer. The free-flowing stream, peaceful inlets, trees hanging over the river, fishermen waiting for their catches, idyllic fields and the vibrant sounds of nature: all of these will remain on your mind for a long time. Before your journey, enjoy a delicious lunch by the riverside. You will get to taste traditional salmon flambé and traditional Finnish coffee prepared right over a campfire. This is a ‘back to nature’ experience that you absolutely have to try.

CULINARY EXPERIENCE

CRUISE & MEAL BY THE CAMPFIRE
Feel the power of the free flowing river, enjoy the non-exploited Finnish countryside and have a try of traditional Finnish tastes! On a cruise on the river Kymi, you will get a glimpse of the scenic wonders the river has to offer. Enjoy a delicious campfire picnic of local tastes beside the free flowing rapids of the beautiful river.
TRADITIONAL PASTRY EXPERIENCE
When in Finland, one cannot leave without drinking coffee, but when in Kotka, one cannot leave without eating Posso! A “posso” is a traditional pastry from Kotka, which is filled with apple jam, rolled in sugar and served warm. Enjoy your “posso” on a warm, sunny day on the market square while sipping your coffee - but beware of the sneaky seagulls!
FISHERMEN'S PORT IDYLLIC LUNCHTIME
Enjoy your salmon soup warm and fresh in its place of origin. The Kalamaja coffee and restaurant is located by the sea, next to a fish shop - guarantee of fresh soup! In all its roughness, beautiful Kuusinen area in the tip of the island of Kotka is a glimpse from the towns history as a fishermen’s town.

Port Developments

KANTASATAMA

Scope of Project: PRF contsruction starting 2020 including terminal facilities.Advantage for Cruise Lines: Up-to-date PRF.Est. date of completion: 12/2021

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