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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 Kotka-Hamina region. Kotka-Hamina Region is on the Southeast coast of Finland at the Baltic Sea. In a region 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 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 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 •80 km of railways MAX. SHIP DIMENSIONS FOR BERTH CITY PORT KOTKA KANTASATAMA PIER 1 Lenght: 270 m, Width: 50 m, Draught: 9 m, Air Draught: Unlimited CITY PORT KOTKA KANTASATAMA PIER 2 Length: 200 m, Width: 50 m, Draught: 10 m, Air Draught: Unlimited MUSSALO B Length: 855 m, Width: Unlimited, Draught: 10–12 m, Air draught: Unlimited HAMINA EU1-EU4 Length: 626 m, Draught: 10 m, Width: Unlimited, Air draught: Unlimited ANCHORAGE Length: Unlimited, Available: Inner Roads, Compulsory: Unlimited, Shuttle service: Can be arranged, Ships tenders allowed: Yes, Pilotage compulsory: Yes, Tugs: Available, Tidal movement/range: None SERVICES Fresh water: Yes, Bunkering: Yes, Waste disposal: Yes, Oily waste collection: Yes, Sewage collection: Yes, Hazardous waste collection: Yes, LNG: Yes

Port of HaminaKotka/Kotka & Hamina

Max LOA: I1-I2: 235 m (pier length 270 m) I3: 140 m (pier length 200 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): BulkFenders 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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Port Reception Facilities

Number and maximum flow rate: Max flow 50 m3/hrTank trucks available: YesNumber and maximum capacity of Tank trucks (cubm): By requestLocal storage - Sewage available and maximum capacity (cubm): By trucks alongsideLocal storage - Fats, Oils from Hotel services 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 crewmembers.

Musical welcome

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.

Museums offer flexible opening hours for cruise guests

Yes. We have a collaboration agreement.

Shops accept credit card payment with no lower limit

Yes.

Destination has special offers for crew

Yes, we have a dedicated crew program by request.

Free city maps
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 route from pier to city centre and/or public transport

We have a signed route from the port area to the city center.

Tourist information (office or maps) in port area

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 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
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.

Possiblity for special arrangements and flexibility
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
Scandic Hotel(s) in city

One Scandic hotel available outside the city center by E18.

Cruise-ready hotels
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, ready November 2021.

Selected attractions

MARITIME CENTRE VELLAMO

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

KOTKA MARETARIUM

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

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.

SALPA LINE

Salpa Line: Virolahti Bunker Museum and Salpa Line Museum in Miehikkälä – a treasure trove of military history. One of the most significant efforts of independent Finland is the Salpa Line, 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.

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.

Events

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Please check the event calendar at www.visitkotkahamina.fi - it is always in real time. The event season is hgh during the months of June-August.
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EVENTS 2020 KOTKA-HAMINA REGION 9-24 May Arktika Days, Virolahti, www.arktikavirolahti.fi 16-17 May Kotka Fish Market, Sapokka harbour, Kotka 3-7 Jun Kymijoen Lohisoitto Music Festival, Kotka, Pyhtää, www.lohisoitto.fi 30 Jun-4 Jul Kaakko Chamber Music Festival, Virolahti, www.kaakkofestival.fi/en-ru 23-26 Jul Kotka Maritime Festival, www.meripaivat.com 24-26 Jul Children's Maritime Festival, Kotka 3-8 Aug Hamina Tattoo Military Music Festival, Hamina, www.haminatattoo.fi 13-15 Aug Traditional Harvest Market, Hamina 21-22 Aug Archipelago Market in Pyhtää 29 Aug Ancient Fires' Night, Kotka and Pyhtää 17-18 Oct Kotka Fish Market, Sapokka harbour, Kotka 31 Oct-1 Nov Kymi Grand Market, Kotka THE FINNISH MARITIME FESTIVAL 2021 29.7.-1.8.2021 2022 28.7.-31.7.2022 2023 27.7.-30.7.2023

Varied Shore Excurions

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 Csars 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 smoke 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.

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

Contacts

Port of HaminaKotka Ltd
Petra Cranston
Project Manager, Cruise Business
Port of HaminaKotka Ltd
Marjukka Kettunen
Marketing Assistant