Kotka, Santalahti Nature Trail, 5.4 km


5.4 km


A nature trail through varying terrain in Santalahti, Kotka. The definite highlight of the trail are the seaside cliffs, which offer great views of the archipelago. The seaside is also a good place to eat a packed lunch or take a swim

  • Duration: about 2 h
  • Reittimerkinnät: Merkitty valkoisin maalimerkein
  • Soveltuvuus: Reitti soveltuu lapsiperheillekin, mutta ei ole esteetön.

Trail description

Santalahti Nature Trail moves through varying terrain. The first part of the trail travels over bare rock and through a dry heath. Then the trail follows the stunning rocky seashore for a while. The final part of the trail travels over barren rocks interspersed with a fresh mixed forest and wetlands. The trail also features signs of ancient tar and coal pits. Some sections of the trail are not easily passable, with rocks and a lot of tree roots. For easier passage, duckboards have been installed in wet sections and stairs have been built in steep places.

Good to know

The trail features duckboards and bare rock, which may be slippery when it rains. Regular training shoes are suitable for the trail. There is a well along the trail, but its water quality has not been inspected. There is a beach and open barbecue grills next to the parking area. The reception of Santalahti Holiday Resort lends out trail maps and guide booklets for the nature trail. The Santalahti Holiday Resort café is a good place to buy something to eat on the hike. There are good accommodation and dining opportunities near the nature trail. More information about other recreational opportunities in the area is available at the resort reception and website. The trail can be divided into two shorter trails, 2.4 km and 3 km respectively.

Difficulty level

The difficulty level of the trail is medium, with several fairly short and gentle rises. The trail also features some rocks and tree roots, which make it unsuitable for very young children.

To start the trail

Hotel Santalahti parking area
Santalahdentie 150
48310 Kotka
N60 26.241 E26 51.874


  • Finnish seaside scenery at its most beautiful
  • Extensive bare rock
  • Coal and tar pits


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