As the biggest universal port in Finland, HaminaKotka offers cruise ships excellent frames for visiting the Kotka-Hamina region. The excellent location of the cities Kotka and Hamina, between Helsinki and St. Petersburg gives the opportunity for the cruise guests to explore the culture and history of our country more comprehensively. The capital Helsinki is only approximately a 75-minute drive away, and the distance to St. Petersburg, the metropolis of the neighbouring country Russia is 125 nautical miles by sea or three hours by land.
Kotka, Finnish for "eagle", is located in the province of Southern Finland and is part of the Kymenlaakso region.
The circular town Hamina with its historical venues, Kotka the island with its lushing parks, and the entire Kotka-Hamina region provide cruise guests a unique, authentic experience. Become enchanted with the old wooden houses full of athmosphere, get to know the churches representing different styles, learn about the maritime history in the Finnish Maritime Centre, venture on white-water rafting on the River Kymijoki, take a tour in the inner archipelago or hike in the natural environment. The Kotka-Hamina region provides all this and many more new things to experience. You will spend your day in an international, however, authentic mini-Finland and meet joyful locals who are happy to welcome cruise guests.
Centre of the city, Kotkansaari (Island of Kotka) is small enough to get around by feet. However if you need to go to other parts of the city you should use bus, take a taxi or rent a car. Check bus schedules from www.kotka.fi/aikataulut. You can call a taxi from number 10041.
Finnish Railways operates the fairly extensive railroad network.
Car rental is possible in Finland but generally expensive, with rates generally upwards of € 80/day.
Pasaati shopping centre is a large shopping centre right in the centre of Kotka. It has shops for every taste and is particularly full of Russian shopping tourists.
The Finnish currency unit is the euro (EUR), divided into 100 cents. Finland does not use the 1 and 2 cent coins; instead all sums are rounded to the nearest 5 cents.
Finland has two official languages, Finnish ( 93%) and Swedish (7%), but also English is widely spoken in Finland.
112 is the national phone number for all emergency services, including police.
Cafes which offer free WiFi for customers are sparse on the ground in this country where everybody logs on at home and in the office, but nearly every public library in the country has free Internet access. WiFi hotspots are also increasingly common.
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