Kymi River is the greatest river in Southern Finland. River runs through agricultural areas and forests of Kymenlaakso region. Flowing river is beautiful to watch with running rapids and buildings reminding of the regions importance in the history of Finnish industrialization. River is also a dream destination for many fishermen. Cycle route follows the river closely from Kotka to Kouvola.
Duration: 2 days
Kotka – Anjalankoski 47 km
Anjalankoski – Kouvola 24 km
Thi beautiful route leading north from Kotka winds in the lanscapes of the great Kymi River. The Kymi River valley is an example of green riverside nature of Southern Finland. The river runs through agricultural areas and forests towards the Gulf of Finland. Kymi River has had a significant importance in war history and as a birthplace of early industrialization in Finland. Anjalankoski rapid, also known as Ankkapurha, is the most famous rapid in the river. The first cardboard factories were built on the shores of Ankkapurha already in the end of the 19th century. Ankkapurha Industrial Museum is in the old industrial building and Anjala manor museum is on the west bank of Ankkapurha. Nowadays the once great Ankkapurha rapid is harnessed for electricity production.
After Anjalankoski the route mainly follows the river. Along the route is the historical Myllykoski industrial milieu from 1920’s. It includes the whole society built around the factory with church, schools, clubs and residential areas. In Myllykoski there is also the Keskikoski museum bridge passing over Kymi River. From myllykoski the route continues along the river towards Kouvola.
Good to know
Route is well suitable for beginners. There are no big ascents and the day trips are moderate.
To start the route
Route starts from Kotka, which is easily reached by bus or train.