Kanufahren in Kymenlaakso
River Rafting auf dem Kymijoki
Eisenhütte in Verla
Schärenmeer in Kymenlaakso
Radfahren in Kymenlaakso
Landschaft im Valkmusa-Nationalpark
The south-eastern part of Finland is particularly known for its beautiful archipelago coast. Near the Russian border you will also discover colourful wooden old towns, stone churches and historic mansions. The Kymenlaakso region is characterised by the river Kymijoki, which gives the region its name and invites you to rafting tours.
Discover the region
Kotka, situated directly by the sea and at the mouth of the Kymijoki river, is famous for its maritime culture. The beautiful harbour is worth a visit not only during the summer days.
Also historically interested people get their money's worth in Kotka. In the harbour of the city, which was once fiercely contested during the Finnish-Russian Winter War, the oldest preserved icebreaker in the world is anchored. The Vellamo Maritime Center immerses you in the history of Finnish seafaring.
Popular destinations are the islands of Kaunissaari and Varissaari, which can be reached by ferry from Kotka. They are famous for their sandy beaches and idyllic fishing villages, where you can discover small craft businesses and taste all kinds of delicacies from the sea.
Photo: Visit Finland
Things to see and do in Kotka-Hamina
Just an hour's drive from Helsinki is the city of Kouvola on the banks of the Kymijoki River. The river, which is one of Finland's largest ones, has a significant influence on the landscape and history of the region.
In the industrial age, the rapids of the mighty stream were used to generate energy – today they offer water sports enthusiasts an exciting spot.
Kouvola is also the gateway to Repovesi National Park, an oasis of vast forest landscapes and blue lakes.
Photo: Outdoors Finland