Southern Kymenlaakso region of Finland is located by the sea and River Kymijoki. The region is formed by the cities of Kotka and Hamina as well as the municipalities of Pyhtää, Virolahti and Miehikkälä. The main reasons to visit the region are:

Kotka

Events in Kotka:

26-29 JulKotka Maritime Festival,Children’s Maritime Festival www.meripaivat.com
25 Aug
Ancient Fires’ Night

Hamina

  • Shopkeeper’s Museum is an old-fashioned Finnish shop looking like at the beginning of the 20th century.
  • Hamina City Museum is in a building dating from about 1760 known as “Catherine’s Palace”. The permanent exhibition that presents the history of the fortress town is supplemented by temporary displays.
  • The old center of Hamina, Bastions. Hamina’s city center, based on a unique circular town plan, is one of the region’s most fascinating sights.
  • The largest of Hamina’s bastions is the central bastion. Now it is used as a venue for different events.

Events in Hamina:

20 Jul Deep Purple – Rock concert http://www.deeppurple.com
30 Jul – 4 Aug Hamina Tattoo – International Military Music Festival
www.haminatattoo.fi
14 Sep Night of the Lights Festival

Pyhtää

Events in Pyhtää:
6-10 Jun Kymijoen Lohisoitto Music Festival,  www.lohisoitto.fi
17-18 Aug Archipelago Market in Pyhtää
25 Aug Ancient Fires’ Night

Virolahti

Events in Virolahti:
3-8 Jul Kaakko Chamber Music Festival, Virolahti
7-8 Jul Sepramarkkinat, Klamilan harbour, Virolahti

Miehikkälä
The Salpa Line Museum in Miehikkälä Military history museum.

Events in Miehikkälä:
29 Jun – 1 Jul Salpa Hike, Miehikkälä

Photography: Visitkotkahamina.fi  and Mika Honkalinna

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