Eastern Gulf National Park

Itäinen Suomenlahden kansallispuisto

Located 30 kilometers south of the city of Kotka, this park area includes a 60 kilometers long stretch of over 60 islands off the eastern coast of Finland. The eastern boundary of the park touches the border of Russia. Since, the Eastern Gulf National Park consists of small islands across a 60 kilometer stretch, the land base is only a very small 6.7 square kilometers (2.6 square miles).

What you will find out there: Migrating birds flying into Finland during the spring, rocky islands without trees with the exception of small pines which grow on the larger islands. For a summer weekend trip, travel from Helsinki through Kotka to the city of Hamina, by car. Catch a passenger boat in Hamina out to the Ulko-Tammio Island, which is a 1 hour and 45 minute trip. See the Finnish website (www.meriset.fi) for departure details, and prices. Once at Ulko-Tammio Island, there is a 3 kilometer walking trail and a bird observation tower. Take a puptent and go camping and then return by boat to Hamina the next day.

Here are driving directions to the Tervasaari boat landing dock from the center of Hamina. The Tervasaari dock is one kilometer south of the city center.

Eastern Gulf - Itäinen Suomenlahti location

Video - A boat trip out to Haapasaari, with a walk around the island.