• Seilori Jepsu & Kukouri, photo: Antti Ukkonen / Cursor Oy
  • Sailor Jepsu
  • M/S Misu, photo: Antti Ukkonen / Cursor Oy
  • M/S Misu @Kukouri, photo: Antti Ukkonen / Cursor Oy

    Experience the best parts of the Ruotsinsalmi battle area - A nostalgic boat trip in the seaside surroundings of Kotka

    Experience the best parts of the Ruotsinsalmi battle area - A nostalgic boat trip in the seaside surroundings of Kotka

    2 hours

    Moderate

    Description

    Hop on a boat and sail back in time to experience the highlights of the Ruotsinsalmi naval battle 230 years ago. See the battle lines between Russia and Sweden and the different locations of shipwrecks past. As we pass through the narrows and straits, you will sense the battle...perhaps you can even imagine the echoes of the cannons and shipwrecks on the nearby rocks.

    The first part of the boat tour will lead us to the narrow of Ruotsinsalmi, where we will navigate the many obstructions that were placed to prevent ships from passing through. From the Ruotsinsalmi narrow, we’ll head to the central battle area between Lehmänsaari and Kotkansaari, where over 400 Russian and Swedish ships fought in the second Ruotsinsalmi battle of June 1790. This became the graveyard of many of those very ships.

    The Kukouri fortress was built here, in the middle of this area, after the battle. We will pay a visit to view the fortress walls, which have since been partially restored. What better place to imagine the battlefield of the ships?

    On this tour, you will become familiar with the Kotka archipelago and the Ruotsinsalmi naval battle area. Not only that - you will experience it like a local, on a traditional Finnish wooden boat. The route takes us via waterways not suitable for larger boats, so you will feel the closeness of nature first hand, as you learn about the area and its history from the skipper.

    Our services are flexible and can be tailored to take into account your individual preferences to ensure you get the most out of your boat tour, and an unrushed, relaxing experience as well.

    Included

    Price includes life jackets, guidance and services of Sailor Jepsu.

    Excluded

    Please note

    The boat is not suitable for persons with disabilities because access to the boat goes along the narrow sides. 

    The skipper has the right to cancel or postpone the trip or change the itinerary for whatever reason, be it weather (force majeure) or if the passenger conditions do not allow for safe travel. 

    The boat hood covers the passengers during rain, but it may limit the view. Be advised that although wind and waves may sway the boat and give rise to sea sickness, it is not otherwise dangerous. 

    The boat is a traditional wooden boat, which doesn´t include many amenities such as a toilet.

    Attention! There are ticks in the Finnish archipelago, so if you want to protect against them wear long trousers and take the vaccination against tick-borne encephalitis.

    In Force Majeure cases (like unexpected weather conditions) service provider has the right to cancel or postpone the trip. Force majeure could be weather, technical problem, sickness, passenger condition.

    Essentials to pack for an activity

    Please wear clothing suitable for the sea and for the current weather conditions. 

    Bring along beverages and picnic lunches or order them in advance from Sailor Jepsu. 

    Meeting points

    Possible starting points for this experience:
    Tulikukko Cafe at Sapokka Marina
    Sapokankatu 3
    Kotka

    Experience the best parts of the Ruotsinsalmi battle area - A nostalgic boat trip in the seaside surroundings of Kotka

    2 hours

    Moderate

    place

    Kotka

    starting at

    EUR 200.00