Kaunisaari Kuva Julia Kivelä

There are few things as beautiful as a wedge of migrating Arctic birds flying above your head. Spend a leisurely summer day or an active winter escapade on the islands of Eastern Gulf of Finland. The rugged shorelines and authentic fishing villages are the stuff of smugglers’ legends that can be visited with your own boat, a regular boat service or a water taxi. Give yourself an unforgettable island experience!

Itäisen suomenlahden kansallispuisto


War history comes to life on Ulko-Tammio, an island just outside the city of Hamina. Meditate your worries away by the labyrinth of the Mustaviiri island. The Struve Geodetic Arc is a Unesco World Heritage site. The Gulf of Finland National Park covering a wide sea area next to the national border is rich in wonders.

The saari Kuva: Sofia Virtanen


When the people of Kotka talk about “Saari (island in Finnish)”, they usually refer to Kotkansaari, the city centre of Kotka which is indeed built on an island. And when in Kotka, the sea and islands are everywhere. Kotka is a city that lives and breathes the sea. Read more about Kotka.

Veneilemässä Ulko-Tammiossa
The island of Ulko-Tammio in Hamina


Head for the open seas and rest your gaze on the horizon and the beautiful islands all around. Let the sea breeze bring some colour to your cheeks. Hop on and off the boat as you explore the shores and the islands. If you don’t have your own boat, the regular boat services and water taxis are at your service. Read more about guest marinas and the island destinations.

Lapset uimarannalla
On the beach in Hamina

Enjoy the summer

Sunbathe on the beach and dip into the sea for a refreshing swim. Bring a picnic and spend a day on a nearby island. Have fun paddle-boarding on the gentle waves. Do yoga on a clifftop listening to the seagulls shriek. Let the sea breeze fill you with energy and joy.

Leijalautailemassa meren jäällä


Go skiing or give kite surfing a go – on sea ice! Sit in the still of the dark night catching burbot or bask in the spring sun angling for perch on the ice. Have a spin on the ice rally track in Hamina. Make snow angels in pristine snow. Dip into the icy sea straight from sauna. Sounds like an unforgettable day of winter fun, right? Cross-country or downhill skiing, the choice is yours. Read more about winter activities in the Kotka–Hamina region.