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Introducing Kotka

The fortunes of Kotka have long been tied to the sea. The Vikings used the archipelago to launch themselves eastward into Russia, and the Kymijoki was once an important transport route for logging. Today Kotka is a major industrial port, and many of its attractions have saltwater at their heart: a large aquarium, the huge, wave-shaped Maritime Centre Vellamo, and the biannual Kotkan Meripäivät maritime festival in late July, with boat racing, concerts, markets and a huge wooden boat show.