Certainly one of the finest city bike routes in our country is the Kymi River Rapids cycling route that runs around the banks of the Kymi River (Kymijoki). Along the way, you can explore six free-flowing rapids.
The most significant historical attraction along the route is the Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge. It was built at the request of the Russian Emperor Alexander II and served as a holiday destination for the imperial family for several summers in the late 19th century. Today, the area has a museum.
Another significant historical site is the fortress of Kyminlinna, the construction of which was started by order of Catherine the Great in 1790. The inside of the fortress is not yet accessible, but this magnificent fortress can be visited by touring the ramparts outside.
Kotka is the park capital of Finland and one of these magnificent parks is located on the shores of Siikakoski rapid. Completed in 2020, Koskipuisto has many things to see and do. The park’s first-class outdoor trails run through the arboretum and protected areas. On a hot summer day, you can freshen up while cycling, even by taking a dip in the river for a swim. The two bathing places in the park offer a good opportunity for this. Tattarinkoski rapid also has a swimming area maintained by the locals. And although it is an urban cycling route, part of the route passes through an idyllic rural town.
Along the route there are a few charming cafes where you can stop by in Siikakoski and Langinkoski. In Metsola you can also visit the local Kotka Steam Brewery.
If you’re staying in Kotka, check out local bicycle rentals for gear, and head out to the rapids!
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