Imatra Travel Guide

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Imatra Things to Do

  • No waterfall in winter

    In winter you can view the contrast to when everything is under snow. Some of the walks downstream from the dam cannot be used as they are way too slippery and dangerous.

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  • The State Hotel

    Valtionhotelli or the State Hotel was built by the Finnish senate from 1901-1903 after previous hotels were burnt down because they were wooden. The hotel designed by Usko Nystroem is one of the best examples of the turn of the century architecture.

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  • Power stations

    There are several power stations in Imatra which use water power. It's quite amazing watching the fast running water.On the 3rd picture is the "runner wheel" of a turbine that was in use from 1.4.1936 until 5.11.1989. You can see this wheel just by the power station with explanations in various languages.

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  • Imatra's famous rapids

    The old rapids water flow is heavily regulated and there is a big power plant so usually the old rapids is dry. However, go see the rapids when they are letting water through. This happens regularly in the summer and it's a popular tourist attraction. It's a great sight.

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  • Go for a walk

    along the river. There are some nice paths. It's really the nature that is the main attraction in Imatra.

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  • Virgin maiden

    This statue is nicely set with a miniature waterfall. It cannot be missed on your walk around the watery aera.

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  • Opening of the water gates

    This is what is looks a few minutes after 7pm. They let music play with the spectacle and it's impressive to see how the water comes rushing down and finds its way. After 30 minutes they close the gates again.

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  • The main attraction is the artificial...

    If you come in summer before 7 pm this is what it looks like and everybody waits around the site or on the bridge for action.

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  • Kosken Kuohut

    The impressive Imatrankoski rapids, oldest tourist attraction in Finland, cuts the city in half. It is usually empty, just the rocky river bed in sight, but in summer time and at Christmas and New Years Eve they have rapids shows there. It all starts with a telling of a story about the birth of the rapids and then music from the famous Finnish...

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Imatra Restaurants

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    by Sininen Written Mar 3, 2006

    I liked the cellar like atmosphere of this restaurant. There were candles everywhere which gave nice warm feeling.

    Favorite Dish: I don't remember anymore what we had for dinner here, but the dessert was icecream with berries of the season and the plates had candles on as the waitresses carry them to the tables.

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Imatra Transportation

  • By car

    It's actually best to travel to Imatra by car if you want to explore the area. Even Imatra itself is so stretched out that you'd be happy to have wheels.Imatra is not so far from Russia as you can see from the various signposts.

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  • Public transport

    By bus:You can take a bus from Helsinki all the way to Imatra. The fastest connection is 4 hours 40 min. but usually it takes around 5 hours and quarter.By train:From Helsinki it takes between 2,5 and 3 hours. The train is more expensive than the bus.

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Imatra Local Customs

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    by yumyum Written Jul 19, 2005

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    Every year there is a jazz festival in Imatra. There are also some stands that sell liqurish and other things and of course there are food stands with a whole variety for different tastes as well as outdoor cafes.

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Imatra Off The Beaten Path

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    by yumyum Written Jul 19, 2005

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    If you have a car then you can drive to one of the water locks and watch the ships changing water levels. There are lots of small fright ships to be seen.

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Imatra Sports & Outdoors

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    by yumyum Written Apr 9, 2008

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    Kylpyla Spa is actually a hotel complex with a stylish restaurant, a self-service café with yummy ice cream and a spa area.

    We visited the spa which cost Euro 13.00 per Person in March 2008. The spa area is in a nice setting and it was packed with Russians on the weekend. So don't expect any quiet bathing and all the special water taps were constantly occupied. There is a small outdoor swimming area but in winter it was rather cold so I went straight back inside. There is also a 25 m swimming pool. There are separate sauna for males/females. You are not allowed any clothes in the sauna area.

    You can rent bathing suits if you don't have one but when I wanted one they only had giant sizes left. So I bought one in the shop opposite in the atrium.

    When you pay your entry fee you get a wristband. Choose a locker and close the door and hold the wristband to the nearby patch and it shows your locker number. Don't let anyone come in between your clothing your locker door and the patching. It happened to me and someone else locked my locker. But this can easily be fixed.

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Imatra Favorites

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    by yumyum Updated Apr 9, 2008

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    Favorite thing: I was amazed at the map machine which gives you a free map of the Imatra and surroundings. It sits on the main drag in the center.

    Update winter 2008:
    Those map machines are closed for the winter.

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