Attractions

Top Choice Museum in Kotka

Merikeskus Vellamo

In a tanker-sized, wave-shaped building with walls of metal and printed glass, this state-of-the-art dockside museum recounts Finland’s seafaring life. The star exhibit is the Tarmo, the world’s third-oldest ice-bre…
Top Choice Historic Site in Porvoo

Vanha Porvoo

One of Finland's most enticing old quarters, this tangle of cobbled alleys and wooden warehouses is entrancing. Once a vibrant port and market, Porvoo now has craft boutiques, galleries, souvenir stores and antique …
Top Choice Cathedral in Porvoo

Tuomiokirkko

Porvoo’s historic stone-and-timber cathedral sits atop a hill overlooking the quaint Old Town. This is where Tsar Alexander I convened the first Diet of Finland in 1809, giving Finland religious freedom. Vandalised …
Fortress in Loviisa

Svartholma Sea Fortress

Situated 10km offshore from Loviisa, this four-bastion fortress was built in 1748 to protect against further Russian invasion after Swedish losses in eastern Finland. It lasted until the Crimean War (1853–56), when …
Museum in Kotka

Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge

Situated 5km north of Kotka amid the salmon-rich Kymijoki's rapids, this rustic wooden lodge was built in 1889 for Tsar Alexander III. Most of the furniture is original and rooms look much as they did when he was a …
Islands in Kotka

Kotkan Saaret

The smattering of islands off the coast of Kotka are former military outposts, some of which are now open to the public. Several boat trips depart from Sapokanlahti. From June to August, the MS Klippan (adult/child …
Ruins in Hamina

Hamina Bastioni

The ruins of the 18th-century Hamina Bastion include 3km of crumbling stone walls that would have made a star-shaped fortress. The bastion comes alive for the annual Hamina Tattoo. At other times, it's an evocative …
Aquarium in Kotka

Maretarium

Kotka's modern Maretarium has more than 20 giant fish tanks representing various bodies of water. The Baltic tank is the largest, with local sea life fed regularly by a diver (check the online calendar for weekly fe…
Park in Kotka

Sapokka Vesipuisto

Sapokanlahti is a natural inlet in central Kotka that provides the setting for the tranquil, award-winning Sapokka Water Garden. The centrepiece is the human-made waterfall, created with piped-in sea water that casc…
Church in Ruotsinpyhtää

Ruotsinpyhtää Church

In 1743, when the Treaty of Åbo split the village of Pyhtää in two, the local church ended up on the eastern (Russian) side of the border. Shortly thereafter (in 1770), this unusual octagonal wooden church was built…