Also Imatra is situated in the southeast of Finland, next to Lappeenranta, where it rubs shoulders with the Russian border. On the other side of the border - only 7 kilometres away from the centre of Imatra - lies the town of Svetogorsk. St. Petersburg is situated 202 km to the southeast, Finland's capital Helsinki is 255 km away and Lappeenranta, the nearest town to Imatra in Finland, is 37 km away.
The River Vuoksi runs through Imatra and has resumed its rightful place as the recreational oasis for the inhabitants of the town. The river offers excellent opportunities for fishing throughout the year. Some of Finland's most beautiful jogging and cycle tracks hug the contours of the Vuoksi, and from the banks of the river bird watchers can observe dozens of bird species. The river is also suitable for swimmers.
The Imatrankoski Rapids is Imatra's most famous attraction, and travellers have been drawn to the rapids for hundreds of years. At the turn of the century the rapids - with Imatra's historical and still famous hotel, the Valtionhotelli, standing on its banks - was the most popular tourist attraction in Finland.
Get excited to see Imatrankoski rapid show this summer by watching this amazing video!
Admire the waters of Lake Saimaa by boat or go fishing
The region of Imatra offers several alternatives for those who appreciate nature as well as for hikers and campers, athletes, water enthusiasts and those looking for action. Pick the best suggestions for your summer holiday and you’ll get more out of your summer days. The region is connected by water – in the shape of the Saimaa Canal – to Helsinki, the sea and rest of the world. However, only one-fifth of South Karelia’s surface area is water.
In Imatra, you should definitely bike along the paths next to the Vuoksi River, which flows through the town. You’ll cover about 20 kilometers of Imatra on the route. Vuoksi Fishing Park rents bikses, a canoe and a kayak.
Lake Saimaa's water network is renowned for its abundant catch. Vuoksi river's dredged shores and good berths offer excellent sites for fishing. In some places, the long, maintained shoreline enables spinning directly from the porch of a cottage. For example, at Vuoksi Fishing Park (Vuoksen Kalastuspuisto) you can fish with a traditional rod and worm, by trolling or using a spinning rod. If you wish, you can have your catch gutted, salted or smoked directly at the Park’s smokehouse in Imatra.
Rapids shows are one of Imatra's most eagerly awaited summer events. The rapids show lasts about 20 minutes. During that time, water flows on average at 500 m3 per second. Daredevils also have the chance to try a sliding wire harness taking them over the rapids. The rapids roar wild and free during the summer months from June to end of August, and rapids shows are arranged every Saturday during 21.5. and 18.6.–27.8. at 6 pm.
Lake Saimaa is a favorite region for migratory birds as well. These birds rest their wings in South Karelia in the spring and autumn. One of inland Finland's best nature sites is Siikalahti's wetland in Parikkala. Fine places to examine birds also include Vuoksi’s Imatra centre, Lake Pien-Rautjärvi in Parikkala, and Konnunsuo Fen in Lappeenranta.
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Accommodation in Imatra
You can choose to stay amid Lake Saimaa’s beautiful nature, in the peaceful setting of a wilderness cottage that will ensure a true chance to relax. If your holiday preferences include both activities and relaxation surrounded by nature, a cottage located near town is the perfect choice. Those looking for exotic experiences can enjoy an unforgettable holiday by staying at a farm or a manor house.
Need help or do you have any questions? Imatra tourist service will be happy to help you find your way.
Imatra region tourist information office:
Please contact by email or phone
+358 (0)5 235 2330
+358 44 734 7272
Pop up information stands around the city.