Kymijoki, Pernoonhaara route, 34 km


34 km


Running smoothly in a landscape with variety, Kymijoki takes the canoeist through forests and open fields. The water mainly flows at a leisurely pace, and the canoe moves along almost by itself. Along the way there are also some faster rapids.

  • Duration: 1-2 days
  • Suitability: Route is also suitable for families and beginners

Trail description

Inkeroinen – Huhdanniemi lean-to 3.9 km
Huhdanniemi – Susikoski lean-to 6.2 km
Susikoski – Ahvio lean-to 5.6 km
Ahvio – Kultaa lean-to 5.2 km
Kultaa – Pernoo lean-to 4.3 km
Pernoo – Laajakoski swimming place 5.4 km
Laajakoski – Korkeakoski 3.6 km

Route starts from Inkeroinen, where is a a concrete slipway and parking area. The broad, smoothly running river takes you through countryside landscapes. Faster rapids amd flows on the way offer more speed and challenge for those who seek them. Susikoski, Kuovinkallio and Kultaa lean-to shelters offer great options for breaks.

The most remote part of the route starts from Kultaankoski rapids. At the end of the route you arrive to railway bridge crossing the river at Osolankoski. Finishing point is just before the bridge on the left hand side of the river.

The most challenging rapids can be passed through easier route or canoes can be carried to pass the rapids.

Chech our pdf route guide for more specific information and detailed maps.

Good to know

Valkmusa Nature trail in Valkmusa National Park passes close to the canoeing route.

Kymijoki is the most important salmon river in Southern Finland. Many other species of fish can also be caught there. In the area of the canoeing trail, pikeperch (zander) is an especially desirable catch. It grows quickly in the river. The strong asp and the rainbow trout, planted in the river ready for fishing, are other impressive species. Read more about fishing opportunities and licenses from

Difficulty level

The trail includes the following classified rapids:
Martinkoski (Ahvio) I – I+ (II with flood)
Kotokoski (Ahvio) I – I+ (II with flood)
Kultaankoski I
Vääränkoski (Pernoo) I
Torminvirta (Pernoo) II+
Karkuuskoski (Pernoo) I
Ruhanväärä (Pernoo) I
Ruhankoski (Pernoo) I
Sittaränni (Pernoo) II+
Tukkiränni (Pernoo) III
Pykinkoski (Pernoo) I+

NOTE! The water height varies with rain and the seasons. If the water is high, the flow will speed up. Follow the security instructions available on our route guide.

The trail is also suitable for families and beginners. The trail has several rapids that require canoeing experience. However you can carry the canoe on land over the hardest rapids. The dams are passed by carrying the canoe on land. The landing spots are in good condition and easy to use. You must have your own lunch on the trail. It can be enjoyed at the campfire sites along the way.

To start the trail

Parking area at the end of Lauttatie road
Heikkiläntie 27
46900 Kouvola


Maps & guides

Download a printable pdf route guide with maps:


There are several free lean-to shelters and campfire places along the route

Youth center Anjala
+358 (0)20 611 6201

Kymen Mökit
Rental cabins
+358 (0)400 765 103

Hotel Kantri
Puh. +358 (0)5 317 1901

Kimmo Koho
Rental cabin
+358 (0)50 381 1396

Erämys – Keisarinkosket
Rental cabin and guesthouse
+358 (0)50 320 2559

Rental Villas


Canoeing Services

Equipment rental, guided tours, transfers
Pihtojantie 31 A6, 46900 Kouvola
Puh. +358 (0)500 862 862


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