Imatrankoski rapid shows 2021

Imatrankoski rapids were formed 5000 year ago, when land rose after the Ice Age and Lake Saimaa waters tore the Salpauselkä ridge apart. Imatrankoski was a famous tourist attraction already 300 hundred years ago, and in the end of 1800 century it was considered as a one of the Europe’s most know attractions. Many famous people visited Imatrankoski that time and the tourism in Imatra is considered to have begun in 1772, when Empress Catherine II of Russia and her retinue came to admire this magnificent play of the water in the narrow waterway.

Kruununpuisto Park, the oldest nature park in Finland, occupying the area around the Imatrankoski Rapids, was founded in 1842 by order of Tsar Nicholas I. The Kruununpuisto Park features four different sections, the Koskipuisto Park, the Patopuisto Park, the Muinaisuoma Park and the Valtionhotelli Park, and numerous sights, ranging from monuments to the largest hydroelectric power plant in Finland and a summer theatre.

Rapids Shows 2021

Rapids are nowadays blocked by a dam, but during the summer there are shows, when dam is opened. Show is very popular and free happening which gathers always hundreds of people to see magnificent nature show. 

Fortum is running maintenance below the Imatrankoski hydroelectric power plant. Because of these operations, spillover will be let into dry rapids generally every day between 22.5 and 9.7 during the daytime hours.

Rapids shows will be organized only if in summer there are no longer restrictions and regulations concerning public events due to COVID-19 pandemic.

10 July – 31 August daily at 6 pm.


Please contact imatra@gosaimaa.com for further details.

Watch a video of undescribable experience of Imatrankoski rapids show >>

Imatrankoskentie 3
55100 Imatra

Lake Saimaa, Purest Finland Regional Council of South Karelia Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment Rural 2020 The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: Europe investing in rural areas
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