Haapasaari, located in the outer archipelago, is still a relatively untouched gem for tourist groups, about a 40-minute boat ride away from Sapokka in Kotka. The journey by the ferry takes 2 hours.
In the idyllic Haapasaari, you can experience an authentic atmosphere with a small village shop, as well as a church and a school dating back to the 1800s. The store in Haapasaari is a unique feature; it is Finland’s smallest independent cooperative store, serving its customers since 1907.
Haapasaari is an old island for maritime surveillance and pilots. It is a two-part island, approximately one kilometer long, with its halves connected by a narrow sandy strip only 20 meters wide, running north of Kylänlahti.
The fishing village is built around a sheltered natural harbor. Nearby, in Kilpisaaari and Vanhankylänmaa, you can see wartime bunkers and cannons.