The Santalahti nature trail takes you to smooth cliffs and untouched forest, allowing you to relax and feel the salty seaside climate.
Distance 4.4 km
The 4.4 km long Santalahti nature trail leads you through the island to its rocky southern shores, which offer a spectacular view of the Gulf of Finland archipelago. In good weather, you can even see Gogland on the Russian side. The wooded final stretch of the route features the beauty, smells and sounds of the forest. Along the route there are also rugged archipelago cliffs, forests, both gently sloping and steep rocky shores, as well as great swimming and picnic spots amid the cliffs and boulders. These beaches are also popular with dogs.
There are 23 signs along the nature trail explaining what is in the area or what has been done there. The signs provide information on tar-burning pits, shingle beaches and the rapakivi granite typical of South-East Finland, among other things.
Learn more about the Santalahti nature trail using the Kotka parks department’s story map
Update: April 20, 2022
Safety informationThe cliffs along the route may be slippery in wet weather, particularly the algae-covered cliffs and rocks at the water’s edge.
Getting thereTake exit 73 from the E-18 motorway and continue south along Mussalontie road for 5.7 kilometres. Turn right at the intersection and continue for 1.3 kilometres along Merituulentie road towards Mussalo port. Turn right at the intersection and continue along Santalahdentie road for 1.8 kilometres. Then from the bus turning area, continue for about 100 metres to reach the nature trail’s parking area.
ParkingThere is a free parking area at the starting point of the nature trail. If there is no space at the starting point, you can leave your car in the parking area of Santalahti Camping.
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EquipmentTrainers, running shoes, etc. are normally suitable for the trail, but waterproof footwear is recommended during wet weather as the route may be soggy in some places.
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