Kotka-Hamina region is situated on the southeast coast of Finland, on the shores of the Baltic Sea within only 1 hour drive from Helsinki area and 3 hour drive from St. Petersburg. Kotka–Hamina is an attractive seaside region offering more than 100 kilometres of coastline with a laid-back islander lifestyle and a strong maritime culture. Its rugged shorelines and authentic fishing villages can be visited with one’s own boat or by a regular boat service. The beautiful, unique and award-winning parks in different parts of Kotka city are attractions that always charm the visitor. The region is compact yet diverse area offering untouched wilderness in a natural environment and two National Parks: Valkmusa National Park in Pyhtää and Gulf of Finland National Park in the breathtaking archipelago.
Perfect for hiking and fishing fans
There is no need to trek into nature; you are already right in the middle of it. The beauty of the waterways is dazzling, and there are also special sites of fascination for hikers, anglers and bird-watchers, with countless alternatives, from shooting rapids at speed to gentle walks and tranquillity amidst fantastic scenery. The River Kymijoki, which back in history marked the border between Sweden and Russia, offers a haven for calm and relaxation and is also the best salmon river in Southern Finland.
History of the border region
The region offers also brilliant insights into the recent past and ages further back in the mists of time. The colourful history of the border region takes you on a dizzying adventure through the centuries from numerous nations' perspective, from the courts of Swedish-ruled Finland to the Russia of the czars.