Kaunissaari can be reached by own yacht or by a ferry from Kotka. If you decide to go by ferry the trip will take around 2 hours. If you arrive on a yacht you can stop by in Kaunissaari guest harbor that has all needed services for boaters.
Fall in love with fishermen village
No matter how you arrive at Kaunissaari, you will end up in the heart of the island – the fishermen village. It has been nationally recognized as a traditional fishermen village and is a protected site. Its alleys, yards and boat sheds will take you on a historic trip over centuries to experience an authentic archipelago lifestyle.
Nearby the harbour, there are some craft shops from where you can purchase local souvenirs. Visit Mari Sihvonen art-gallery for some inspiration or purchase delicious fresh and smoked fish from local fishermen. Kaunissaari hosts also Archipelago museum which tells about the life and the past of the island.
Discover more of Kaunissaari
After visiting the fishermen village walk further to explore the island. See Shingle beach or visit ancient graveyard and lighthouse. Kaunissaari is famous for its shallow sand beaches where you can spend a summer day by swimming and sunbathe. The nearest sandy beach to the fishermen village is the most swallow and would be ideal for the small children. Kaunissaari Island shop is open daily from where you can purchase some snacks and refreshments as well as other necessities.
Taste local archipelago food
Kaunissaaren Maja restaurant offers traditional archipelago dishes from local ingredients and can be also an ideal meeting facility.
Together with Kaunissaari island shop, there are Cafe Merituuli where you can enjoy breakfast and lunch as well as tasty pizzas prepared in a stone oven and fresh salads.
Midsummer and Ancient Fires
If you would like to experience true Finnish summer romantic then visit Kaunissaari during Midsummer. Have a great time with other visitors celebrating Midsummer at the island and dance until the morning during traditional midsummer dances.
On the July’s first Saturday there is a Kaunissari Day and on the August's last Saturday – Ancient fires night.
Stay overnight in Kaunissaari
Kaunissaari offers different types of accommodation. Stay overnight in a cottage in Kaunissaaren Lomakeskus or sleep in a B&B at Kaunissaari school building. Kaunissaaren Maja restaurant also has a small cottage for rent (max. 4 persons).
Text: Helmiteksti / Anita Heikkinen