Nature & Parks in Kouvola

Top Parks & Nature Attractions in Kouvola, Finland

Nature & Parks in Kouvola

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  • Walid R
    Hamina, Finland52 contributions
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    the park has endless beauty, you can walk for hours and still discover amazing spots for wonderful sights.

    This national park is a treasure, filled with unending greenery, lakes, hills, mushrooms, berries and so much more such as camping. You might walk for hours before realizing that you are tired.
    Written 15 August 2020
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  • JariJK
    Kouvola, Finland5,509 contributions
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    Mielakka Ski Center (Mielakan rinnekeskus) has quite good ski slopes and cross-country skiing tracks. However, they offer activities in summer, too. Mielakka BikePark is extremely good. They have 20 downhill mountain biking routes, two lifts and biking paths. The cafeteria-restaurant is quite nice and cozy. You can also buy sausages there and grill sausages in their campfire. Besides, they always have something new in Mielakka Ski Center. Now they have painted the longest rag rug painting in Finland. It is about 350 meters long.
    Written 3 September 2020
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  • JariJK
    Kouvola, Finland5,509 contributions
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    There is a very nice circle route named Korpin kierros in Niivermäki Nature Conservation Area. It is 2.1 kilometers long and starts just behind the shopping center Veturi, 200 meters from K-Rauta Ironmonger's (home improvement shop).

    You don't need wellingtons (rubber boots), because there are boardwalks on the wettest passages. There is a low observation tower on the trail. If you are hiking with kids, you should be aware, because there is a cliff without a fence next to the observation tower.

    There aren't any services in Niivermäki (not even dry toilets or waste baskets). So you have to use the services of the shopping center Veturi.

    Niivermäki Nature Conservation Area is worth of a separate trip but it is also a nice resting place for drivers driving along the highway 6.
    Written 14 August 2015
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  • JariJK
    Kouvola, Finland5,509 contributions
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    Hevoshaan Arboretum is situated in Sippola (address Silmuntie 140), about 30 kilometers from the city center of Kouvola. This is a quite nice arboretum (a botanical garden devoted to trees). Trees have been planted mainly in the 1930's and some of them in the 2000's. There isn't any admission fee and it is easy to walk along a marked path. However, I prefer Arboretum Mustila, which is located in the former municipality of Elimäki (nowadays it belongs to the city of Kouvola), about 25 kilometers from the city center of Kouvola. Hevoshaan Arboretum isn't as as big and as diverse as Arboretum Mustila.
    Written 9 October 2015
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  • Mikael F
    Helsinki, Finland30,625 contributions
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    This sports park is a 20-hectare unique park. Few Finnish cities have a well-built sports park with diverse sports facilities right in the city center.

    The sports park has a frisbee golf course, tennis courts, an indoor swimming pool, Lumo Arena, ice rink, KSS Energia Arena, baseball stadium, a central sports field for athletics and football.

    The area is also excellent for picnics. In the middle of the park is a picturesque round pool with a fountain. There are also beautiful plantations.
    Written 16 June 2020
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  • JariJK
    Kouvola, Finland5,509 contributions
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    Käyrälampi Beach (Käyrälammen uimaranta) is the best swimming beach in Kouvola. The beach is sandy and suitable for small children, too. The wooden swimming pier is 90 meters long and there is also a diving tower there. Beach volley courts are good. You also find a campfire site and a playground at the beach. Even dogs have an own sandy beach. Parking places are good and there are several electric car charging points there.

    Two companies (Saimaan Palju and Tykkimäen Beach) lend SUP boards and kayaks, starting from 20 euros/1 hour. Rental electric bikes or fat bikes and guided activities (e-fatbike safaris, outdoor yoga, singing bowl relaxation, SUP yoga) are also available from Saimaan Palju. Also beach services by Tykkimäki Resort are available for everybody, e.g. minigolf and padel courts (tickets from Saimaan Palju). Käyrälampi DiscGolf Park, Tykkimäki Aquapark and Käyrälammen Ulkoilureitti nature trail are situated next to the beach. You can buy firewood for a campfire from Saimaan Palju. Lammenranta Kitchen & Bar offers high quality restaurant services at the beach. So there is something for everybody at the beach. It is easy to spend a whole day at Käyrälampi Beach. This is the summer paradise of Southeastern Finland!
    Written 14 June 2023
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  • JariJK
    Kouvola, Finland5,509 contributions
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    Käyrälampi Hiking Trail or Käyrälampi Nature Trail (Käyrälammen ulkoilureitti in Finnish) is situated on the east side of Pond Käyrälampi and along the shoreline of River Jyräänjoki. The route starts behind the minigolf course of Käyrälampi Resort (former Käyrälampi Camping). Distance to the Paaskoski Bridge is 2 kilometers 350 meters from Käyrälampi Beach or 1 kilometer 500 meters from the eastern edge of Käyrälampi Resort. From the Paaskoski Bridge you have to walk the same route back or you can choose a narrow unmarked trail right along the river bank (backwards from the last rest stop before the bridge).

    The hiking trail is accessible which means that it is suitable for walking and biking (even with city bikes) but also for wheelchairs (at least with an assistant), prams and pushchairs. You don't need wellies on the route. There are 3-4 quite nice rest stops (three with campfire sites) on the route. However, you have to bring your own firewood with you.

    The route goes through a very beautiful forest and you hear many singing birds. You see nice river views, too. I really recommend this nature trail for everybody.
    Written 13 June 2023
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  • JariJK
    Kouvola, Finland5,509 contributions
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    Ratamo Health Forest (Ratamon terveysmetsä in Finnish) is situated very near the city center of Kouvola, about a kilometer from Manski Pedestrian Street. There are beautiful natural habitats and an accessible walking route in Ratamo Health Forest. The route is less than a kilometer long. You find a bridge, sitting places, picnic tables, a swing, artworks and insect hotels there. The artwork by Tiina Karimaa is named Suoja (Shelter) and it works as an insect hotel as well. The artwork by Heini Nieminen and Sandra Nyberg is named Valon Tunne (The Sense of Light) and it consists of several words made of mirror glass. This is a wonderful place to relax and enjoy nature easily.
    Written 19 October 2023
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  • Mikael F
    Helsinki, Finland30,625 contributions
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    This park is located in the heart of Kouvola as the name is saying. The playground area for children is called Hampstapuisto. The park is not so special for adults.
    Written 16 June 2020
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  • JariJK
    Kouvola, Finland5,509 contributions
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    Myllypuro Nature Path starts from the crossroads of Kiehuvantie and Vuokkomäentie (address Kiehuvantie 197), under a road bridge next to the natural gas plant of Gasum. There was a watermill there as early as in the 18th century. The nature path follows the side of a small stream and it is about 1,5 kilometers long in one direction. The whole protected are is over 28 hectares. You see old trees there and if you are lucky, you can see flying squirrels, too. Now a fun fact: The American horror movie "Rage: Midsummer's Eve" was filmed partly here, in the pond next to the small waterfall.
    Written 20 August 2020
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  • Mikael F
    Helsinki, Finland30,625 contributions
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    This park is located in the city center. It has a kindergarten, a playground, and a traffic park for children.

    The park is best known for its stage which was originally completed in 1948 for the brass band of railwaymen. The park also has benches for the public and a fountain.
    Written 16 June 2020
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  • JariJK
    Kouvola, Finland5,509 contributions
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    Pioneerimetsä Nature Path (Pioneerimetsän luontopolku) is a circle trail, which is 2.7 kilometers long. It is situated in Koria (address Kouluaukio), Kouvola. The nearest bus stop is located 800 meters from the path. The gravel path is easy to walk. You don't need any rubber boots or wellies. There is also a modest campfire site on the route.

    The area of Pioneerimetsä Forest is about 40 hectares. It consists of Ahkoja Nature Conservation Area and conserved Natura 2000 areas. The area was a garrison area for 80 years, first for Russian soldiers and then for Finnish soldiers. You still see some remnants of military activities there, e.g. old trenches, dugouts and foxholes. You even see an old Russian steel bridge, which has been brought there during the war.

    River Kymijoki and small streams are very important for the nature of the area. The forest and river views are beautiful. However, it isn't possible to swim in the river, because the flow of the river is quite strong. Sometimes it is possible to see flying squirrels in the forest. This nature path is suitable for the whole family.
    Written 27 August 2020
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  • JariJK
    Kouvola, Finland5,509 contributions
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    Alakylä nature path (Alakylän luontopolku) is 4 kilometers long. They have two parking places. The address of the bigger parking place is Läntinen Ratatie 286 and the smaller one is Koriansuora 353, at the beginning of Tammirannantie Street. There is a bus stop next to the parking place.

    The route between Läntinen Ratatie Parking and the lean-to shelter (the campfire site) is accessible for everybody (bikes, wheelchairs, prams). The distance is about 800 meters. After that there are some quite long stairs. The whole circle route along Lepoahontie is about 4 kilometers. If you walk to Alakylä, you see a small agricultural village.

    There are some nice sitting places along the path. However, mostly it is just a typical Finnish forest. There are some beautiful ravines there but views to the big River Kymi (Kymijoki) are barely visible because there are so many trees there.

    You don't need any special shoes or boots but a long sleeve shirt or a jacket may be a good idea because there may be mosquitoes there in summer.
    Written 10 April 2020
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