Kaunissaari Island

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Kaunissaari Island
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BeachStone2C
Helsinki, Finland2,771 contributions
Nice small Island
Jul 2020 • Couples
It is a 1.5-2h hour boat trip from Kotka to Kaunissaari - and it’s a free ride. The boat has restroom and seat but no services, bring your own drinks and snacks. The island is idyllic and historical. It is made for a bicycle trip around the island. There are some basic services and small museums on the island. Make sure you check the boat / ferry schedule, every weekday seems to be different.
Written 2 July 2020
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Heidi R
Southern Finland, Finland395 contributions
Boat trip to Kaunissaari
Jul 2018 • Couples
First to Haapasaari and then Kaunissaari by boat. Charming small village where are shops, few restaurants and also possible to buy fresh fish. Swimming and nature!!
Written 19 July 2018
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meka10
Tampere, Finland160 contributions
Beautiful day on a beautiful island
Sep 2016 • Friends
Take your own picnic, hop on a boat in Aurinkolahti and spend an awsome day on an island near Helsinki city. One hour on a boat and you are in a totally different land. You can even rent a cottage or go with your own tent. There are well-equipped fireplaces around island, showels to pick worms if you want to try your luck with fish. Staff is friendly and helpful. Warm recommendation!
Written 7 September 2016
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Miina
Kotka, Finland64 contributions
Leisurely day trip from Kotka to the island surrounded by the waters of Gulf of Finland
Jun 2015 • Couples
I recently spent some time in Toronto, Canada and fell for Toronto Islands, especially the Ward's island with its residential area. When visiting the small island of Kaunissaari in archipelago of eastern Gulf of Finland, just a little more than an hour away from the mainland of Finland, I discovered something similar, yet genuinely isolated, peaceful and with no metropolitan city skyline on the horizon. Kaunissaari is Finnish archipelago at its best.

Kaunissaari is best to visit during the summer time. It's also the time when it's easiest to get there if you don't have your own boat. You can get to Kaunissaari ('beautiful island') from the city of Kotka. The ferry takes off from the Sapokka harbor. The journey is about 1 hour 15 minutes, and the cost for one-way ticket is 12 euros. For example I took a ferry to the island at 11 am and the departure from the island was at 16.00. I had approximately four hours to explore. There's also other scheduled ferries.

The ferry takes you to the center of it all; the small, picturesque fishing village with endearing red buildings and wooden boats. Village has a restaurant Kaunissaaren Maja. You should try the legendary fish soup. There's also a grocery store with a cafe, small museum and a few souvenir shops as well as galleries. People own a lot of summer cottages on the island, some cottages are for rent. The island is also a home for a few permanent residents, so you can also find a small cemetery and a school, when you explore a little further on those small roads of the village which are more like narrow paths.

If you fancy camping, you should head to the eastern coast of the island where you can find a campsite and a place for your tent right by the sandy beach, under the ever tall pine trees. This is a popular place to gather for midsummer, I hear.

Kaunissaari is a great day trip from Kotka. Don't forget your camera as the life there is just so beautiful you may want to try to capture it.

Also, even though the best way to hop on a ferry to Kaunissaari is from Kotka, the island itself belongs to the neighboring municipality of Pyhtää. One should not be fooled with the other possible Kaunissaaris there is in Finland. For example there is one in Helsinki as well.
Written 20 June 2015
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Yucca76
Riihimaki, Finland13 contributions
good place to visit
Aug 2014 • Friends
I´ve now visited Kaunissaari several times and have to say it is good place to visit. Good view is the thing why you want to go there, it includes nice fishing village. They have two restaurants and couple shops. Because it is island, plan your trip that you are no hurry to back in boat. It is like it´s name Kaunissaari->Beautiful island
Written 6 March 2015
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Heather D
Helsinki, Finland72 contributions
Island life at its best!
Aug 2014 • Family
Kaunissaari lives up to the name. As other reviewers have commented, it really is a beautiful island.

An easy one hour ferry ride from Kotka (free with Tekla1 or pay 10 € on the privately owned Vire), you arrive in the middle of the village. There is also a guest harbour which has all the amenities you expect. Sauna is not included in the harbour fee, although the restaurant has saunas for rent. The harbour fills quickly for the end of summer party. Arrive early!

The village store is well stocked with everything you need, as well as island souvenirs. During the summer months there is also a pizza restaurant / café behind the shop. The menu is not very big although you are sure to find a flavour combination that fits. The café is licenced and has a good selection of wines by the glass or the bottle, and some micro-brewery beers by the bottle.

We arrived for the annual end of summer party (last weekend of August) and enjoyed a late dinner in the restaurant. Bookings for the Saturday night are recommended to avoid disappointment. If you are looking for a quiet night, this is NOT the night to visit - there is always live music and plenty of happy dancing patrons.

The menu selection reflects island life and again there is a nice selection of wines available.
In previous years there has been a very active local community that have organised additional events for the party. This has slowed down in recent years, now fireworks are the highlight.

The village paths are neat and tidy, although do be wary of fourwheel motorbikes rather than cars! You can walk the length of the island, on the northern tip is a lighthouse and grill spot, and a long sandy beach along the eastern side of the island.

The archipelago museum is filled with interesting artifacts - the highlight would have to be the huge sturgeon!

We discovered Kaunissaari purely by accident a few years ago and have been returning at least once a year ever since.

Great place to just sit and watch the world go by.
Written 2 September 2014
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John W
John W
El Jadida, Morocco1,029 contributions
Kaunissaari means Beautiful Island
Jul 2012 • Friends
And it is! I took the boat from Kotka which is not a too long a journey. The island is neat and tidy, has amenities and is lived on with all that this implies - don't go wandering onto people's gardens.

If you have more than a few days in Finland, this is a really worthwhile trip in the summer.
Written 6 May 2013
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Taateli
SouthernFinland84 contributions
A very idyllic destination
Jul 2011 • Family
The island is easy to reach by public water transport and they also have space for people visiting with own boats. The village and the small alleyways are charming in the summer. Everything seems to be in full bloom. The service-level is adequate, there is a restaurant, a small shop, a small museum, cabins, places to camp... The food in the restaurant was good enough and the atmosphere was relaxed. The north coast has a great, long sandy beach. Sometimes large ships pass the island making fun waves. Enjoyable!
Written 24 June 2012
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morocco
Athens, Greece1,657 contributions
Peaceful haven
It is years and years since I visited this beautiful island, and have fond memories. A peaceful haven, peace and quiet, nature, shipwatching.
Written 26 February 2012
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TravellingCloudberry
Paris, France187 contributions
Beautiful day outing from Kotka
Jun 2011 • Couples
In the summer time you can take a boat from Sapokka area of Kotka (Kotka is approximately 120kms east of Helsinki). The boat leaves at 10:00am and 12:30pm bound for Kaunissaari ("Beautiful Island" in Finnish) and costs 10 euros per adult each way. The journey takes you out into the beautiful archipelago of the Eastern Gulf of Finland which is home to some 400 islands. The boat journey to Kaunissaari from Kotka takes about an hour.

You can pick up a map of the island on the boat and also at information points and stores. There is a cafe and a restaurant, a small convenience store and a few handicraft shops. For more information about what's on the island go to www.kaunissaari.fi/ (in Finnish) or the Outdoors.fi site page at http://www.luontoon.fi/page.asp?Section=10673 (in English).

You can hire a bicycle to get around the island or venture out on foot. If you want to stay longer than a day (the boat returns to Kotka at 4:00pm) there are cottages you can rent. Be sure to take sunscreen, mosquito repellent and some water. There are barbecue facilities (grilli hut) you can use if you want to cook your own sausages (makkara). We ate at the (fully licenced) restaurant which has some moderately priced items and the food was good. They have a lovely outdoor terrace area with views to the garden and to the sea.

Taking a boat cruise to Kaunissaari is a great way to spend a summer day :)
Written 13 June 2011
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