KOTKA AND HAMINA BY LAND AND SEA
An excursion through this region’s glorious past. First aboard a boat to appreciate the city of Kotka from its most panoramic side then on foot on the traces of the Tsar in an evocative location among the woods and finally in the fortified town of Hamina.
What we will see
- Cruise along the coast
- Views of Kotka
- Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge
- Langinkoski rapids
- Hamina: town centre, fortress
What we will do
- We board a wooden boat for a cruise along the Finnish coast to discover the history of the country that was once a Swedish territory, then Grand Duchy of Finland and autonomous part of the Russian Empire.
- Sailing along the coast, we admire views of the city of Kotka, a picturesque city with a long-standing maritime tradition located at the estuary of the Kymijoki river.
- We are then welcomed with an Imperial greeting at the Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge, a cottage built by Emperor Alexander III of Russia, who used to love spending summer here with his family.
- Before moving on, we visit the other buildings of this historic site, among which an Orthodox chapel and a fishing hut, and we take the opportunity to see the spectacular Langinkoski rapids not far away from the cottage.
- We continue our tour by coach, which takes us to the lively port town of Hamina whose majestic fortifications overlook a sheltered stretch of the Gulf of Finland.
- On wandering through the gates, we discover a town immersed in living history and atmospheres from times past while admiring the massive stone structures alternating with elegant wooden buildings.
- The 18th-century Hamina fortress, one of the town’s most popular sights, still preserves six of the seven original bastions creating a star-like shape and a fascinating testimony of its military past.
- Strolling along the central streets, which follow a peculiar circular layout, we breathe in the life of the old town with its small cafés, flea markets, open-air concerts and art exhibitions.
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