New Lapinsalmi Bridge is open
Repovesi is a breathtaking nature attraction which you can enjoy in many ways. The new bridge of Lapinsalmi strait is now open.
Routes to the National Park
The new steel-frame pylon bridge is now ready for crossing the Lapinsalmi strait. During summer time, you can also use the hand-pulled Ketunlossi ferry. On top of the entrance of Lapinsalmi (Riippusillantie 55), there are two other entrances to the park: Tervajärvi in the south (Kivisilmäntie 720) and Saarijärvi, close to the border of Mäntyharju (Kuismantie 990). It is recommended to use these entrances for your visit to the park. You can find some tips on trails here.
Water taxis also operate in Repovesi. Visitors can enjoy the tranquillity of a wooden boat smelling of tar or travel faster by rubber dinghy or Buster boat. Popular places to stop and stretch your legs include Karhulahti, Mustavuori, Kuutinkanava and Määkijä. Water taxis also take passengers from the national park and transfer them for example to Hillosensalmi or to the Lapinsalmi entrance. Water taxi services are provided by: Kuutin Kolo, tel. +358 400 551 530 and Seikkailuviikari Oy, tel. +358 500 862 862. It is recommended to book in advance or check when they would be available.
It is interesting to see the park also f.ex. by paddling or taking a Kultareitti cruise. Waterbus M/S Tuuletar has scheduled cruises from Orilammen Maja holiday centre during summer season.
Repovesi Busses run from the Kouvola travel center to the National Park between June and September. The bus takes visitors to the Verla World Heritage Site and to the entrance of Lapinsalmi. Along the route you can make a stop f.ex. at Vuohijärvi Nature and Culture House or Orilammen Maja holiday centre.
You can also share a taxi from Kouvola Travel Centre to the different entrances to Repovesi National Park. You can book your ride from Kymenlaakson Taksi, tel. +358 100 87 227. In Kouvola you can rent a car from Avis, Hertz or Scandiarent.
Guidelines for safety of hikers and nature
Metsähallitus (a state-owned enterprise responsible for the management of state-owned land and water areas), has given extensive guidance to hikers, for example, to comply with the principles of litter-free hiking, to follow forest fire warnings and to bear in mind that some areas of the park may be outside mobile phone reception. Visitors to the park are recommended to download the 112 Suomi mobile application, it helps to locate you in an emergency situation and speeds up the delivery of aid.
A map of the national park can be downloaded onto mobile phones in advance. Printed Repovesi maps are available at the VisitKouvola information point at Vuohijärvi Nature and Culture House and the Repotassu Cafeteria at the Lapinsalmi entrance. VisitKouvola is also happy to mail maps of Repovesi (orders firstname.lastname@example.org). There are also guide signs at the entrances to the national park.
New bridge of Lapinsalmi is ready
The bridge beside the most popular entrance to the park is now completed. It crosses the Kapiavesi lake at the height of 10 meters and is 50 meters long. The new bridge is a steel-frame pylon bridge, the deck is made of wood.