The Eastern King’s Road route passes through historic, attractive small towns and villages, following the inlets of the sea bay towards the Russian border. The route features the idyllic small towns of Porvoo, Loviisa, Kotka, Hamina and Lappeenranta.
The King’s Road is a postal route connecting Sweden and Russia dating back to the 15th century. It features various historic and nature sights in small towns and villages on the coast.
Helsinki – Porvoo 62 km
Porvoo – Loviisa 45 km
Loviisa – Kotka 62 km
Kotka – Hamina 29 km
Hamina – Virolahti/Miehikkälä 48 km
Virolahti/Miehikkälä – Lappeenranta 84 km
Optional:Saimaa Canal and theRussian frontier station 70 km
Good to know
The route profile is easy, there are no demanding climbs on the route. The roads are paved, with the exception of some cycling sections (Helsinki, Porvoo). Some daily distances are long, which adds to the challenge of the route. Several accommodation providers on the route are small and may only have a couple of rooms available.
The route features several fantastic boat cruising destinations (Porvoo, Kotka, Loviisa, Hamina and Lappeenranta). Time tables can be found on internet pages of local tourist offices.
To start the tour
As the route runs along the eastern coastline via several towns it can be divided into shorter trips by using the busy bus connections between the towns. You can return to Helsinki from Kotka and Lappeenranta by train or coach. Remember to make a reservation for the bicycle in advance!
- Porvoo old town, wooden houses in Loviisa,
- Parks and the harbour area in Kotka
- Hamina spherical town plan and Bastion
- Strömfors iron mill and village
- Valkmusa and Gulf of Finland National parks
- Salpalinja sights in Virolahti and Miehikkälä
- Bird watsching in Virolahti Arktika