Tervasaari & the archipelago
Despite its name, which refers to an island, Tervasaari is connected to the mainland and the Hamina center. Tervasaari used to be a saw mill area, and the harbour has served as an important gateway the world. Nowadays, Tervasaari and the Tervasaari Rampsinkari visitors’ marina are a developing recreation and living area. The harbour with its cafeterias, terraces, museum ships, beaches and picnic sites are the most inviting meeting place of the summer!
Arriving to Tervasaari on foot, by bike or by car
Tervasaari is only about a 20 min walk form the Hamina Market Square. You can also rent a Kaakau-city bike from different places around town. Bike the seaside route to Tervasaari! You will also find a rental location there. There are free parking spaces available for thoese arriving by car.
Hamina Guest Marina
The Tervasaari Rampsinkari visitors’ marina warmly welcomes guests arriving in Hamina with their own boat. It offers comprehensive services to boaters. Guest harbor services are provided by the Rampsi Kitchen & Bar Restaurant in Tervasaari. More information is available here: Veneasema Rampsi, tel. +358 50 558 2880 or Rampsi.fi.
Padel, swimming and sauna
The recreation area at the tip on the island hosts a padel-court, a few frisbee-golf baskets, picnic areas, a playground and a beach for swimming.
Dining with a view of the sea
There are two restaurants with seaside terraces in Tervasaari, Tervanaru and the Rampsi Kitchen & Bar.
There is also an ice cream kiosk in the summertime. The restaurants hold summer events and provide live music in the summer.
Take a Hamina-selfie
At the tip of Tervasaari, you will find a large photo frame in which you can take a selfie of you or your group. Don’t forget to tag your photos #hamina #tervasaari ja #visithamina!
Park Oolanti and the developing Tervasaari residential area
Sit on a bench by the seaside or relax by a small waterfall surrounded by flowers in Park Oolanti or work up a sweat on the excercise equipment. You can also take a walk along the shore to the Monumental Finnish Flag. Can you guess how high the flag flies?
Would you like to live in Tervasaari? The first apartment building was finished in 2021 and more will be under construction in 2022.
The Tervasaari Museum Boats
The old sailor Patu Patanen is surely the most famous Hamina resident. After years of sailing, Patu developed an unusual boat area which consists of exhibition spaces and an events arena. If you are lucky, you will hear the sailor shout “Oolreit!” and maybe entertain you with story or two.
Stop by to visit the old museum boats in Tervasaari, the S/S Hyöky and Merikarhu – they have an interesting history. Hyöky is an old light vessel that houses a cafe and a boat museum and shop. In the summer, events are held here. The icebreaker Merikarhu was built in 1943 in the USA and was in use until 1974 when it was retired as a museum ship.
Tervasaari, the gateway to the archipelago
Enjoy the magnificant islands and bays of the Eastern Gulf of Finland National Park. The islands offer idyllic boat harbours to enable you to take in the beauty and peacefulness of the region. The Hamina archipelago is on the arctic migratory bird route, and in May offers quite a sight as hundreds of birds fly by.
Take a liner to the Eastern Gulf of Finland
You can easily to take a day cruise to the archipelago. The cruises leave from the Kotka Sapokka harbour, and timetables are available from Meriset.fi. From Kotka, you can sail to to the islands of Ulko-Tammio and Tammio. Ulko-Tammio, the main island of the Eastern Gulf of Finland National Park has a nature trail which leads you through a rocky tunnel and to a bird watch tower. You can spend a night in a tent on the island, but please note there are no services available and boats do not sail to the island daily.
The Tarmmio island is an old fishing community. Now it is inhabited by the relatives of fisherman on the island, particularly in the summer months.
Book a cruise
Book a cruise from Tervasaari, Hamina for your group conveniently via the Bout-boat taxi service. In addition, the TakSea ky boat service will take you to the archipelago. The Ulko-Nuokko islands, for example, are suitable destinations for a day trip. Or take a trip to the Viking island of Rakinkotka for a day or two!
Sup-boarding and paddling in Hamina
For a slower pace for exploring the nearby bays and deltas, you can book a canoe through Haminan Latu near Tervasaari. You can rent sup-boards at Hamina Camping Pitkäthiekat, just 6km outside of town. Don’t forget to visit Hamina beaches!