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Archipelago by bike

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Kaunissaari, Rankki, Kirkonmaa
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  • Kaunissaari. Kuva: Velomatras
  • Kaunissaari. Kuva: Velomatras

CRUISE TO THE ISLAND OF RANKKI, KIRKONMAA OR KAUNISSAARI AND TAKE A BICYCLE WITH YOU!

The archipelago outside Kotka on the Eastern Gulf of Finland is a gem polished over millennia. The islands and their inhabitants living on the islands attract thousands of visitors to the archipelago in the summer. Take some time and embark on the islands by bike. You can take a bike with you to the islands either from the Sapokka marina in Kotka on a vessel operated by private operators or from the Kuusinen harbour on a government ferry. Study the timetables to find an option that suits you best. 

The private vessel M/S Jaana offers cruises from Sapokka to all three islands - Rankki, Kirkonmaa and Kaunissaari - either on a charter basis or according to a route schedule. The roads on the islands are mainly sandy village roads that are suited to biking. The islands contain private summer houses, historical sites and memorials as well as beautiful maritime archipelago sceneries with tourist services.

The timetables allow you to make a day trip or spend a longer period on the islands. On Rankki and Kirkonmaa, you can have accommodation in former barracks and other military dwellings converted into accommodation facilities with a military and officer atmosphere. Or if you wish, you can set up your own tent! Check the services and opening hours of the island attractions: Rankki and Kirkonmaa, and Kaunissaari.


DAY TRIP BY BIKE TO KAUNISSAARI OR KIRKONMAA 

The ferries Otava and Tekla I depart from the Kuusinen harbour (Luotsi-Kuusinen, Juha Vainion katu, Kotka)

The timetable is valid until 30 September 2019.  All timetables can be found on the website of Finnferries.

Duration of ferry voyage:

Kotka-Kaunissaari approx. 1 hour 45 min, Kotka-Kirkonmaa approx. 45 min

Weather conditions may have an impact on the timetables.

DAY TRIP TO KAUNISSAARI

   
Monday   Departure from Kotka 9.00 Otava
    Departure from Kaunissaari 18.00  
         
Thursday   Departure from Kotka 9.00 Otava
    Departure from Kaunissaari 18.00  
         
Saturday   Departure from Kotka 10.00 Tekla I
    Departure from Kaunissaari 14.00  
         
DAY TRIP TO KIRKONMAA    
         
Monday   Departure from Kotka 9.00 Tekla I
    Departure from Kirkonmaa 14.00  
         
Tuesday   Departure from Kotka 9.00 Otava
    Departure from Kirkonmaa 12.40  
    Departure from Kirkonmaa 20.40  
         
Thursday   Departure from Kotka  9.00 Tekla I
    Departure from Kirkonmaa 14.00  
         
Friday   Departure from Kotka 9.30 Otava
    Departure from Kirkonmaa 13.10  
         
Saturday   Departure from Kotka 9.00 Otava
    Departure from Kirkonmaa 14.10  

KAUNISSAARI ISLAND

The island of Kaunissaari in Pyhtää is a true summer paradise and a holiday attraction on the Eastern Gulf of Finland. The island is easily accessible by a scheduled free-of-charge ferry from Kuusinen in Kotka. Cycling is permitted on all sand roads of the island. Just make sure to respect the privacy and private areas of the summer residents on the island. The marina of the island offers several berths for boats as well as toilets and washing facilities for visiting boaters. The small archipelago museum contains a collection of items and traditions describing life in the past on an island in the open sea. In the summer, the island has a small shop, cafeteria and restaurant Kaunissaaren Maja. Its fish soup is famous in the region and certainly worth a try! The island also offers some accommodation. Cottages are rented by service providers such as Kaunissaaren Lomamökit (website in Finnish).

Kaunissaari. Kuva: Velomatras

DAY TRIP ON A BIKING CRUISE (M/S JAANA, KOTKAN SAARET OY)

1 person + bicycle

Island of Rankki or Kirkonmaa as per your choice

Period: 1 June to 30 August 2019

Both islands have cafeteria/restaurant services in the summer period. You can also buy some food on board the M/S Jaana.

Place of departure and return of the biking cruise: Sapokka marina, archipelago traffic quays, Kotka.  Please make sure to verify the route schedules carefully!

You can buy a ticket at Restaurant Tulikukko at Sapokka near the quay of departure, or from the boat.

The biking routes are easy sand-covered roads.

DAY TRIP AND ACCOMMODATION PACKAGE IN THE ARCHIPELAGO (M/S JAANA, KOTKAN SAARET OY)

Island of Rankki or Kirkonmaa as per your choice

Period: 1 May to 30 August 2019

Price depends on the accommodation option of your choice.

HOSTEL RANKIN KASSU

Rankin Kassu is a former army barracks with 8 large rooms available for accommodation. Each room has 5 bunk beds. You can spend the night in the room by sharing it with others, or you can reserve the entire room for your group. 

TERRACED HOUSES ON RANKKI

The terraced houses on Rankki are former residences of the military personnel. You can have accommodation in officer style! 

KIRKONMAA - PIRUNSAARI

On the fortress island of Kirkonmaa, you can have inexpensive accommodation by booking a holiday home in a terraced house that used to serve as the dwelling of the garrison personnel. Reservations from Cafeteria Knaapi, which serves in the summer period. There is also a free-of-charge camping site for tents on the northern shore of Kirkonmaa.

For more information on accommodation at Kirkonmaa and Rankki islands and prices please contact myyntipalvelu@kotkansaaret.fi 


 

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