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Bicycle Ride

Cycling Route around River Vuoksi in Imatra

Bicycle Ride · Imatra
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  • Tainionkoski power plant in the River Vuoksi
    / Tainionkoski power plant in the River Vuoksi
    Photo: Arto Apila, Etelä-Karjalan virkistysaluesäätiö
  • / Vuoksi river, swimming and sport hall in front
    Photo: Arto Apila, Etelä-Karjalan virkistysaluesäätiö
  • / Mansikkala rail road bridge over Vuoksi river
    Photo: Arto Apila, Etelä-Karjalan virkistysaluesäätiö
  • / Hilja`s Heritage Park/Museum
    Photo: Arto Apila, Etelä-Karjalan virkistysaluesäätiö
  • / Industrial workers' housing museum
    Photo: Arto Apila, Etelä-Karjalan virkistysaluesäätiö
  • / Theme routes for cycling in South Karelia
    Video: Etelä-Karjalan virkistysaluesäätiö
  • / Cultural center "Virta"/Museums
    Photo: www.etelakarjalanmuseot.fi
  • / Tainionkoski Church
    Photo: www.imatranseurakunta.fi
  • / Imatrankoski Church
    Photo: www.gosaimaa.com
  • / Vuoksi Nature and Cultural trail
    Photo: Etelä-Karjalan virkistysaluesäätiö
m 400 300 200 100 10 8 6 4 2 km Pyhän Nikolaoksen … vedenpyhityspuisto Imatran Valtionhotelli Imatran voimalaitos Imatran Matkakeskus Imatran sotamuseo … Tupa Vuoksen pyörä ja kone Rimpsu-Reetta Itä-Siitolan laavu Ravintola Stera Hiljan piha Veteraanipuisto
The Vuoksi cycling tour is a pleasantly short bicycle trip which is also suitable for families. The route represents cyclists with the amazing views and bird populations of Vuoksi.
easy
11.9 km
2:00 h
16 m
14 m

The starting point of the route, Imatrankoski - the town centre of Imatra, is a national landscape and Finland’s oldest tourist attraction, which has been visited and admired since the 1700s. In the 1920s the rapids bed was dammed to produce electricity, and thereafter water has only flown there during rapids performances. The rapids bed that splits the centre of Imatra is an impressive sight, even when it is dry.

 

Vuoksi is both a key element in the cityscape of Imatra and the outlet of Vuoksi’s water area to Laatokka, and from there to the Baltic Sea. Imatrankoski was created with enormous force approx. 5,700 years ago, leaving behind a multitude of rapids of which several are in the area of Imatra. Along the route there are several museums on the eastern shore of the river and many pleasant parks on the west coast where you should stop. There are also information boards on the route where information on Vuos history and nature is available.

Surface material on the route: asphalt, gravel road. 

 

Author’s recommendation

Target groups: occasional cyclists, families

Route surfacing is mainly cycling path  on dirt road

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Etelä-Karjalan pyöräilyn teemareittihanke 2018 / Karttatyö: FCG
Updated: October 08, 2020
Difficulty
easy
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
85 m
Lowest point
71 m
Best time of year
Jan
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Rest Stop

Karelian Gourmet Oy
Bar&Cafe Kuohu
Ravintola Buttenhoff ja Café Julia
Euro Kebab
McDonald's Imatra
Ravintola Xiang Fu
Rosso Imatra
Ravintola Mocambo Ky
Imatran sotamuseo ja Museokahvila Tiinan Tupa
Rimpsu-Reetta
Ravintola Kulmahuone
Ravintola Kent
Seventy Seven Grilli
Imatran Kebab Pizzeria

Safety information

Surface material on the route: asphalt, gravel road. 

There are about 6,5 kilometres of gravel roads along this route.

Before the excursion, it is advisable to check the weather forecast. Always wear clothes to suit the weather. It is recommended that you take first aid equipment, rainwear, a spare set of clothes, as well as enough drinks and snacks with you. 

In an emergency, dial the number 112. Report your location, what has happened and listen to the instructions.

Outdoor Safety in Finland

Road Safety for Cyclists

Tips, hints and links

Take enough time to this fairly short route, to stop at museums and parks. Cafes are found on the west bank of the river.

Start

Imatrankoski centre or Railway station of any point of the route (73 m)
Coordinates:
DD
61.195934, 28.778531
DMS
61°11'45.4"N 28°46'42.7"E
UTM
35V 595592 6785911
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Destination

Return to starting point

Turn-by-turn directions

In the beginning on the route you pass bridges where you can watch over the dry riverbed and Imatra hydropower plant. After leaving bridges you pass Imatrakoski Church to the depot of Imatranajo motorbike races, and further on to Mansikkala, where Highway 6 and the railway bridges cross over Vuoksi. The white Culture House and dark City Hall of Imatra can be seen cycling past on the opposite shore of Vuoksi. After the bridges, you will find an apple orchard at the shore of Vuoksi, where there are trees that have been given names according to all the children from Imatra who were born in 2000 and 2001. The small St. Nicolai orthodox church and the Sacred water park in front of it tell about the orthodox tradition, and they are worth exploring.  Next you can make a stop and have a picnic at the shore of Neitsytniemi manor house, where a recreational area is located for fishermen and others.

 

We continue to the western shore of Vuoksi by crossing Tainiokoski bridge. There is a view to Saimaa, to the opening of Vuoksi when looking north from the bridge. On the left you will see the old riverbed of Tainokoski and a power plant. The industrialisation of the area of Imatra began in Torniokski, where there a lot of hydropower was necessary for industrial activities. Wooden thread pools were first manufactured. You can familiarise in the industrial history and the workers’ housing museum. The museum’s apartments represent housing over several decades from the beginning of the 1900s to the end of the 1960s.

 

The next cultural site on the route is Culture Centre Virta, where Imatra’s city museum, art museum and library, as well as Saimaa Geopark’s information centre and the Karelia hall are located. The art museum’s collection focuses on Finnish, particularly southwestern Finnish art, from the 1900s, where some is showcased. The museum also has temporary exhibitions. The city museum focuses on the history of Imatra.

 

Vuoksi Fishing Park shares the heritage of The Wuoksi Fishing Club, which was located in the same location at the end of the 1900s. At the Fishing Park, you can fish and dine. There, you can claim and hire fishing permits and equipment for independent fishing. Fishing programme services are also available at the guidance of a guide. There is a beach and Vuoksi sauna ferry’s port in the area of the Fishing Park. Hiljan Piha is nearby, where you can discover traditional rural buildings. The youngest members of the family will also enjoy Hiljan Piha, as farm animals visit the yard area during the summer.

 

The route finally heads back to Imatrankoski along Vuoksi’s embankment, and at the end you can stop to enjoy the atmosphere of Koskenparta’s promenade. To end the day, you can go and relax in the area of Rauha or Ukonniemi, where diverse spa, hotel and restaurant services await the cyclists.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public transport friendly

By train or bus to Imatra, from Traffic Center to Imatrankoski -center by local bus (3 km).

You can check train (VR) schedules here.

You can check the bus (Matkahuolto) schedules here.

 

Getting there

Imatra Traffic Center: Koskikatu 1, 55120 Imatra.

Imatrankoski Center: Imatrankoskentie 3, 55100 Imatra.

Parking

There are free parking space in Imatra Travel Center. In Imatrankoski, parking space can be found in connection with commercial properties and along the streets.

Coordinates

DD
61.195934, 28.778531
DMS
61°11'45.4"N 28°46'42.7"E
UTM
35V 595592 6785911
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

It is recommended that you take first aid equipment, rainwear, a spare set of clothes, as well as enough drinks with you, particularly in the summer. 

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Difficulty
easy
Distance
11.9 km
Duration
2:00h
Ascent
16 m
Descent
14 m
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