Kouvola is a city in Southern Finland. It is located 134 km northeast of the capital, Helsinki. The town originally emerged around the junction of the north-south and east–west rail tracks. It is one of Finland's most important rail hubs, and the main rail link between Finland and St. Petersburg goes through Kouvola. In January 2009, the six municipalities – Kouvola, Kuusankoski, Elimäki, Anjalankoski, Valkeala and Jaala – merged, accounting for the new municipality of Kouvola with a population of over 88,000, being the 10th largest city in Finland. Verla Groundwood and Board Mill located near Jaala is a monument to the early days of the Finnish forest industry and a world heritge site since 1996. Although Kouvola is said to be the ugliest city in Finland, there are still many sights worthy of seeing in Kouvola. Even the ugliness itself can be an experience.
Kouvola is a city of sports, culture and nature. Popular destinations in summer are Verla Groundwood and Board Mill which is a World Heritage Site, and Repovesi National Park. Families with children should head for Tykkimäki Amusement Park and its adjacent Aquapark.
BEST TIME TO GO TO KOUVOLA
The best time to visit Kouvola in Finland is from may until september, when you will have a soft or pleasant temperature and limited rainfall. The highest average temperature in Kouvola is 22°C in july and the lowest is -5°C in january. The weather and climate of Kouvola is suitable for a winter sports.
Spring (March through May)
Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderately cold. Highs range from 66.5°F (19.2°C) and 31.2°F (-0.4°C) with far warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is rare with 2 to 3 days of significant precipitation per month. Spring is the second busiest for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for things to do.
Summer (June through August)
The middle-year months have comfortably cool weather with high temperatures that are comfortable. These months see moderate precipitation with 1 to 6 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the busiest season for tourism in Kouvola, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual.
Fall (September through November)
Fall daily highs range from 62.6°F (17°C) and 34°F (1.1°C), which will feel chilly given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a significant amount: 3 to 8 days per month. Tourism is the slowest during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be affordably priced.
Winter (December through February)
Weather is far too cold this time of year in Kouvola to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 33.2°F (0.7°C) and 21.7°F (-5.7°C). On average, it rains or snows a fair amount: 2 to 8 times per month. These times of year are fairly slow with tourists.
GETTING TO KOUVOLA
By plane - The closest passenger airport is in Helsinki.
By train - There are railways to Kouvola from four directions:
Helsinki - Lahti - Kouvola
Kotka - Kouvola
Pieksämäki - Mikkeli - Kouvola
Joensuu - Imatra - Lappeenranta - Kouvola, from this direction also trains from St. Petersburg and Moscow arrive
By bus - Matkahuolto and Onnibus offer connections to Helsinki, Tampere, Jyvaskyla, Joensuu, Lappeenranta, Imatra, Kotka and Mikkeli.
Highway 6 (Helsinki - Kouvola - Lappeenranta)
Highway 12 (Rauma - Huittinen - Tampere - Lahti - Kouvola)
Highway 15 (Kotka - Kouvola - Mikkeli)
GETTING AROUND KOUVOLA
In the city centre, the easiest way to get around is to walk. Everything is within quite a small distance, and Kouvola's main street Manski is a pedestrian zone. If you want to go to somewhere further from the centre, you can go by bus or train. There is an interactive route planner for local buses. Taxis are useful too, especially for getting back to your hotel after a long night.
WHERE TO STAY IN KOUVOLA
Tolkkilan Kartano features accommodation with a garden and free WiFi. Some units feature air conditioning. The hotel offers a terrace. Kouvola is 13.6 km from Tolkkilan Kartano.
This hotel is 700 m from Kouvola Station and 5 km from Tykkimäki Amusement Park. It offers free Wi-Fi. All rooms have flat-screen TVs. The air-conditioned guest rooms at Sokos Hotel Vaakuna Kouvola have work desks, minibars and a wide selection of TV channels. Restaurant Frans & Rose has an open fireplace and offers French cuisine as well as an extensive wine list. A number of bars, pubs and night clubs are situated within 400 m of Vaakuna Kouvola. General facilities at Kouvola Sokos Hotel include a large terrace. Private parking is also available.
Situated in central Kouvola, 100 m from the Kouvola Train Station, this hotel offers both restaurant and bar. Guests can enjoy 2 saunas with a relaxation area. Free private parking is available. The classically furnished rooms at Scandic Kouvola feature a desk and TV with cable and pay-per-view channels. Each room has free 1 GB internet connection and a private bathroom. Some also have a minibar. The in-house restaurant Bistro serves an à la carte menu with international cuisine. After dinner, guests can relax in the Kummeli Bar. In addition to a daily breakfast buffet, guests can request a takeaway breakfast bag from the reception at any time. Scandic Kouvola also has a children’s play area and the Tykkimäki Amusement Park is just 4 km away.
Located less than 10 minutes' walk from Myllykoski Train Station, Leo Hotelli offers rooms with free WiFi. Kouvola town centre is just 20 minutes’ drive away and Kotka is 40 km away. The simply decorated rooms at Hotelli Leo have a TV, large work desk and private bathroom. Guests have access to shared fridges, microwaves and a kettle. There is a café at Leo Hotelli. Restaurants, bars and shops are within 300 m of the property. Tykkimäki Amusement Park is 15 minutes’ drive away.
Hotel Sommelo is located right by the River Kymi in Kuusankoski and features free on-site parking with heaters during the winter months. Koski Golf Club is 10-minute drive away. Each guest room features a satellite TV, a desk and a private bathroom with a shower and a hairdryer. Breakfast is served at Café Sommelo. On weekday evenings the sauna is available for guests. The art museum, Kouvolan Taidemuseo, is a 10-minute drive from the hotel.
Hotel Turistihovi provides basic accommodation in Kouvola's city centre. Tykkimäki Amusement Park is 5 km away. It offers free evening sauna access and rooms with a TV and work desk. All guest rooms have a private toilet, wash basin and simple décor. Some rooms have a shared shower. A buffet breakfast is served every morning. Guests can use a microwave, fridge and kettle in the communal kitchen. Drinks can be ordered in Turistihovi's pub, which is open daily and also has live music on weekends. Free Wi-Fi is available in public areas. Free public parking is also available. Kouvola Train Station is less than 600 m away. The rich wildlife and outdoor activities of Repovesi National Park is 35 km away.
Situated in Kouvola, 11 km from Tykkimaki Amusement Park, Mylsänportti features accommodation with a restaurant, free private parking, a bar and a shared lounge. Boasting luggage storage space, this property also provides guests with a terrace. The accommodation offers a sauna, free WiFi and family rooms. At the hotel, each room has a wardrobe. The rooms include a shared bathroom with a bidet. All rooms at Mylsänportti have air conditioning and a desk. Guests at the accommodation can enjoy a continental or a buffet breakfast. Guests at Mylsänportti will be able to enjoy activities in and around Kouvola, like hiking, skiing and cycling. The nearest airport is Lappeenranta Airport, 88 km from the hotel.
Situated in Kouvola, 12 km from Tykkimaki Amusement Park, Kymin Huvila features accommodation with a restaurant, free private parking, a shared lounge and a garden. The property offers garden views, a terrace, and free WiFi is available throughout the property. At the hotel, each room has a desk. Rooms are fitted with a private bathroom with a bidet, a hairdryer and free toiletries. At Kymin Huvila, all rooms are equipped with a seating area. Guests at the accommodation will be able to enjoy activities in and around Kouvola, like cycling. The nearest airport is Lappeenranta Airport, 91 km from Kymin Huvila.
Featuring river views, Jokiranta provides accommodation with a patio and a kettle, around 11 km from Tykkimaki Amusement Park. Located on the beachfront, this property features free bikes, a shared lounge and a garden. This holiday home is equipped with 4 bedrooms, a kitchen with a dishwasher and a microwave, a flat-screen TV, a seating area and 2 bathrooms equipped with a bidet. Free private parking is available at the holiday home. Jokiranta offers a sauna. A barbecue and a terrace are provided at the accommodation. The nearest airport is Lappeenranta Airport, 90 km from Jokiranta.
Situated in Kouvola, Hallituskatu apartment features accommodation with a balcony and free WiFi. The apartment is 3.7 km from Tykkimaki Amusement Park. The apartment has 1 bedroom, a flat-screen TV, an equipped kitchen with a dishwasher and a microwave, a washing machine, and 1 bathroom with a bidet. For added convenience, the property can provide towels and bed linen for an extra charge. The nearest airport is Lappeenranta Airport, 84 km from Hallituskatu apartment.
WHERE TO GO & ACTIVITIES TO DO IN KOUVOLA
Tykkimäki Amusement Park
Tykkimäki is the third largest amusement park in Finland. There is plenty to do for the large and small alike. The amusement park contains over 40 rides and games and there are fun shows on the outdoor stage throughout the summer. There is also an animal farm where the children may pet the animals. At the Tykkimäki Amusement Park the whole family may have a relaxed and fun stay!
Kaunisnurmi Museum and Handicraft Quarter
The old wooden buildings of Kaunisnurmi are a reminder of Kouvola`s railroad entwined history. Kaunisnurmi was inhabited mainly by the engine drivers and most of the buildings there were built in early 20th century. The beautifully restored wooden buildings serve as workshops and shops for artisans and artists alike and the museums tell us the history of Kouvola. The Quarter is in the close vicinity of Kouvola House.
Mielakka Ski Resort
Mielakka Ski Resort is a versatile skiing center near Kouvola city center. It’s located only 2 kilometers from the railway station! Mielakka offers ski slopes for all levelled downhill skiers and snowboarders. Our priority in Mielakka is to offer the best possible conditions and service for downhill skiing and snowboarding. Children and beginners can practice at easy toll-free slope with supervised lift. For advanced skiers we have two medium level slopes and two more challenging slopes. Other services at Mielakka Ski Resort are a hut for frying sausages, an equipment rental, a ski school and a cafeteria. From Mielakka`s parking area starts a cross-country ski track which leads also to the other ski tracks around the city.
Kouvola House was designed by architect Erkki Valovirta, and was built in two stages. The half containing the music hall and associated rooms was completed in 1982, and the museum section in 1987. It has become an essential part of the development of the Kouvola Museum Quarter, which houses not just museums but also many workshops for the city’s craftsmen and women. Kouvola House operates as a music venue, hosting operas as well as other events, and has become a popular venue for conferences, no doubt because it also provides access to an open wireless network.
Kuusankoski House stands by the fast-flowing River Kymijoki. It is a great place for meetings and the opportunity for a new experience is never far away. Kuusaa Hall, with its more than 500 seats, is accompanied by Voikkaa Hall, which is a popular conference hall with 266 seats. In addition to its large halls, the Kuusankoski House offers several quiet conference rooms for groups with fewer than 60 participants. Modern AV equipment is available throughout the premises and various table arrangements can be ordered according to the customers’ wishes. The House has an open wireless network. Movable decibel walls allow conference rooms to be divided in two, for example for group assignments. The second floor’s foyer can be used for coffee, cocktails and other occasions.
WHERE TO SHOP IN KOUVOLA
In Kouvola Centre there is Manski pedestrian street with its numerous different specialised shops, boutiques and catering venues, and a larger Hansa shopping centre.