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Imatrankoski, Imatra

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Imatrankoski is a rapid on the Vuoksi River in Imatra, Finland. It has been a famous tourist attraction since the late 1700s. Imatrankoski is also one of the National landscapes of Finland. Since 1929 the rapid has been blocked by a dam as the Imatra hydroelectric plant began operation. Today, the dam is opened daily between June and August, as well as on Christmas Day and New Year's Eve. Unfortunately, due to the construction works at the Imatra hydroelectric powerplant, there will be no rapid shows in 2017.Geological historyThe Vuoksi River and Imatrankoski were born about 5,000 BP as the waters of the Saimaa Lake penetrated the Salpausselkä ridge due to post-glacial rebound, forming a river flowing into the Lake Ladoga.TourismTourism in Imatrankoski is considered begun in 1772 as the Empress of Russia Catherine the Great visited the site. The Kruununpuisto Park, the oldest nature park in Finland, was established in 1842 by the Emperor Nicholas I. At the end of 19th century, Imatrankoski was one of the best known nature attractions in Europe. The hotel Valtionhotelli was finally opened in 1903.
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  • The restaurant is open for a breakfast buffet with hot and cold food, it is very good although the restaurant itself is not very attractive. Lunch and Dinner both have menus and service.  more »
  • This review is of the Imatra rapids area, not the hotel pictured by Tripadvisor which is nearby and also impressive. We visited the falls in -20 degree January which is the wrong time to really enjoy ...  more »
  • We always spend time in Imatrankoski...walking around, enjoying the weather and sights. It's fun to buy an ice cream or visit the shops. The "castle hotel" is a great place to stop for a cold drink wh...  more »
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  • In the mid nineties I have been traveling by my company car to Russia with all the little issues about visa, car registration etc. 😉 As I had a night in Imatra, is was my personal aim to see this spectacular river rapid. The river itself is tamed by a hydro power station, but the reason to keep this place popular they open the dam on certain time and let the water go... 😊
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  • A wonderful place to 😘
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  • Nothing Grand. Just open the floodgates in 18:00 on weekends for spectacular involving water tourists. In the year 2015 open all shutters, in August 2016-only one sash. At this time it seems that you're in Russia, so how about Russian language and Russian machine rooms, mostly Petersburg.
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