Imatra is a special place, a true wonder.
Situated in Karelia, which is known for its
poem-singing tradition, the city attracts
events and sights that draw attention by
In the middle of it all, the rapids churn. This oldest
tourist attraction in Finland runs through the
city, forming a rugged canyon in the middle of a
populated area. Dating back more than 6,000 years,
the rapids have been one of the most significant
sights in Europe since the 18th century, and the wild
water has not lost its allure over the ages. The rapids
have been visited and admired by many, including
an empress of Russia and an emperor of Brazil.
The rapids are also mentioned in the Kalevala, the
national epic of Finland. The rapids are surrounded
by the first nature reserve in Finland. The groves of
pine trees and deciduous trees in Kruununpuisto,
founded in 1842, provide cover for human-sized giant’s kettles.