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WELCOME TO THE COAST OF GOOD WINDS - It's all about the location!

CRUISE PORT KOTKA GETAWAY TO FINLAND. Broad range, pocket size Kotka 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 travellers for a memorable visit. The Port is in the City Center of Kotka main island, close to the old cities Porvoo, Loviisa and Hamina, only an hour journey from Helsinki on the E18 highway. 100 NM from Tallinn, 125 NM from St. Petersburg and 290 NM from Stockholm. The port of the unique city by the sea, Kotka, is located a stone’s throw away from all the experiences. Your customers will be 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. Banner Photo Credits: Juha Karkkainen.

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Useful information

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


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

Distance from pier to city center

From Kantasatama City Terminal to City Center 0,5 km, from Mussalo Terminals B & C to City Center 5 km/10 min. To Helsinki International Airport 120 km/60 min.

Transportation to/from airport

Helsinki International Airport is located 120 km from Kotka. There are several daily buses between Kotka and Helsinki International Airport. Travel time is approximately 2 hours. Travel time 60 minutes By shuttle bus or By car.


Euro and most common credit cards.

Transport to/from city center

Shuttle buses available. Kantasatama City Terminal wihin walking distance.

Banks and post offices

Banks and post offices are open Mon-Fri approx. 10–16.

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

Port information

Berthing policy: Information available here

Kantasatama City Terminal

Max LOA: Pier 1: 270 m Pier 2: 200 mType of berth (passenger, cargo, bulk traffic): Passenger, RopaxFenders available (brand and type): Sumitomo rubber, cylinders verticalInfo on tides: No tides Info on wind: Good shelter Learn more
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Mussalo Terminal Pier B&C

Max LOA: Pier B: 855 m, Pier C: 935 m Max depth: 10-12 m Type of berth (passenger, cargo, bulk traffic): Container Fenders available (brand and type): Sumitomo rubber A-type horizontal Info on tides: No tides Learn more
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Hietanen Terminal

Max LOA: 1081 m Learn more
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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
Download PDF with overview of services available at all Cruise Baltic destinations.
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 in some cases.

Gifts for passengers

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

Cruise guest national flags

We always flag for all of the nationalities of the cruise guests.

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
Destination has special offers for crew

Yes, we have a dedicated crew program

Free city maps
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.

Destination collaboration
Local cruise network

Yes. We have a group of 30 local companies + the City, Regional Development Company, The Port of HaminaKotka, Incoming offices (2) and a port agent.

Authorized guides

Yes. We have a well-established guide network.

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
Free shuttle available

Free shuttle service available to the city centre.

City centre within 1 km from pier

The city centre is 500 m from the City terminal and 5 km from the Mussalo terminal.

Publicly regulated taxis

All taxi services are licensed.

Turnaround facilities
Cruise-ready hotels
Direct flights to USA
Airport less than one hour drive from port
Airport less than one hour drive from city centre

The nearest airport is Helsinki airport 1 hour drive from Kotka.

Free Wi-Fi in airport

Selected attractions

Maritime Centre Vellamo

A fascinating piece of architecture which presents the maritime history of the region and Finland in real harbour environment.

Kotka Maretarium

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

Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge

Summer residence, built when Finland belonged to Russia, for the Russian Czar Alexander III.

Kotka Parks

The centre has evolved into a fresh combination of lush areas and glimmering sea. Sapokka Water Garden, Sibelius Park, Sculpture Promenade, Katariina Seaside Park, Isopuisto Park, Herb Garden Redoubt Kotka, Fuksinpuisto Park, Palotorninvuori Park are all situated in Kotka city centre.

Exciting extras

Enchanting Trip To The Nature And History By Train

Hop on the genuine steam locomotive train which brings you on a trip through one of the most beautiful sceneries in Finland to the Repovesi national park. The river Kymi runs through the park and is famous for its beauty and non spoilt landscapes. On your Journey you will get a taste of the scenic wonders the area has to offer by foot, by boat or by canoeing. Meet the natural Finnish tastes by a campfire picnic in the woods.

The Archipelago of Kotka

One of the most beautiful parts of the Gulf of Finland, which in part is a national park including some 400 islands.

Wind-tunnel flying and Surfing

Sirius Sport Resort offers unforgettable experiences. After a short session of instruction, you can experience secrets of flying and surfing.


11 Aug 2016
12 Aug 2016
Dark River Festival
Place: Kotka
Category: Music
Metal music festival
26 Aug 2016
26 Nov 2016
Ancient Fires of Kaunissaari Island
Place: Kotka
Category: Folklore,Food,Music
The Ancient Fires of Kaunissaari is a popular event on the last day of August. On that day, fires are lit on the shore to commemorate ancient signalling fires and several events are organised to entertain visitors.

Varied Shore Excurions

Fly Up In The Air
Sit down in a glider, feel the cracking rise and the butterflies starting to tickle in your belly. Fall for the beautiful Finnish forests, isles, and green coastal cities below you. You will hear the wind buzzing at the same time as the landscape below you opens in front of your eyes.
A Photo Tour To The Beautiful Parks
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, enjoy pop-up cafeterias, flea markets, outdoor concerts and art exhibitions, and take a short walk around to get to know the unique circular town of and its famous star-shaped fortress.
The Famous Architecture Of Alvar Aalto
Take an architectural design trip to the 1930’s -50’ functionalistic era, and admire the mill community designed by the internationally famous Finnish architect Alvar Aalto. The Sunila residential area is an internationally recognized and important architectonic integrity, which includes all elements a village might. The village is harmoniously built into the fabled pine forest landscape by the seaside on the island of Sunila. You will experience the largest architectural residential area Aalto ever built, and you will have a glimpse into how the mill community lives today. It is also possible to have a guided visit into private apartments. The Sunila pulp mill was once awarded as the most beautiful mill in the world.
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.
Imperial Kotka
The Tsars of Russia occasionally liked to travel to Finland. During the trip, we will visit the Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge built in 1889 and the Orthodox Church of St Nicholas built in 1801.
Gustavus’ tour
Fortress islands of Fort Slava and Fort Elisabeth, three-course festive lunch in Restaurant Fort Elisabeth on Varissaari Island.
River Kymijoki
White water rafting on the river, enjoying varied river landscapes and surge of the foaming rapids, on rubber rafts.
Picnic in Katariina Seaside Park
Guided Kotka tour on street train, including a picnic in ELCA awarded Katariina Seaside Park.
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 parks or just enjoy the scenery.
Sculpture Promenade
Art city walk along Keskuskatu linden boulevard right in the heart of city centre.

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!
Roughly 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.

Finnish Wooden Boat Centre
Cherishes and developes wooden boat heritage in Finland and is situated in Kotka City Port.
Historical Fortress of the City of Hamina
The Central Bastion is a real attraction, and is located in the centre of the town. High standard events are presented.


Cruise Port Kotka (Cursor Oy)
Petra Cranston
Head of Sales and Marketing
Port of HaminaKotka
Markku Koskinen
Chief Harbour Master