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Loviisa (Swedish: Lovisa) is a town and municipality in Uusimaa on the Finnish south coast.

The town hall


Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

Loviisa is situated next to highway 7 (E18) about halfway between Helsinki and the Russian border at Vaalimaa (90 km to both of them) and is an easy side trip.

By bus[edit]

Bus is the only form of public transportation to Loviisa. There are direct buses from Helsinki, and you can also take one of the buses from Helsinki to Kotka or Hamina and get off in Loviisa.

Get around[edit]

The points of interest in the town are accessible by foot, if you want to go further out you will need a car or taxi.

By taxi[edit]

  • Menevä. Smart phone app offers address based routing and calculates price according to them. For price information, see Menevä web site.


Strömfors ironworks
  • 1 Loviisa fortress, Ungernintie (less than 1 km east of the market square). Built in 1748 by the Swedes.
  • 2 Svartholma fortress. Built around the same time as Loviisa fortress on Svartholm Island. In the summer there is a ferry from Laivasilta a few hundred meters south of the town center, ferry tickets cost €15 for a roundtrip.
  • 3 Loviisa church. The road to Loviisa from the west seems to lead right into the red tile church that is a one of the most visible landmarks of the town.
  • 4 Lovisa nuclear power plant. Finland's oldest nuclear power plant is located on Hästholmen island, 15km southeast of the town center. Visits need to be pre-arranged but you can always look at the plant from a distance.
  • 5 Strömfors ironworks, Ruukintie 11A (in Ruotsinpyhtää village, east of Loviisa). The old ironworks of Strömfors (Swedish)/ Ruotsinpyhtää (Finnish) is today a museum.



  • Roots'n Boots: 14 July 2018. A blues happening with blues, bluegrass, rockabilly and more. (date needs updating)






Go next[edit]

  • West towards Helsinki: Porvoo - like Loviisa, but older, larger and more touristy
  • Eastwards along the coast old port city of Kotka and Hamina.
  • North: Kouvola
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