14 days in North Karelia Itinerary

14 days in North Karelia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Karelia trip itinerary planner

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Make it your trip
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Joensuu
— 5 nights
Drive
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Koli National Park
— 7 nights
Drive
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Nurmes
— 1 night
Drive to Kuopio Airport, Fly to Helsinki Vantaa Airport

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Joensuu

— 5 nights
Joensuu is a city and municipality in North Karelia in the province of Eastern Finland. Explore Joensuu's surroundings by going to Old Mine Mining Museum (in Outokumpu), Ilomantsi (Parppeinvaaran Runokyla & Mohko Ironworks Museum) and Tohmajarven kirkko (in Tohmajarvi). And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Botania - Botanical Garden and Tropical Butterfly Garden, don't miss a visit to Sculpture Susi Kosiomatkalla, kick back and relax at Utra Beach, and get some jogging in at Lykynlampi Outdoor Centre.

To find out how to plan a trip to Joensuu, use our trip itinerary maker.

Helsinki to Joensuu is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Helsinki in February, things will get a bit cooler in Joensuu: highs are around -2°C and lows about -8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can go by car to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Joensuu

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Trails

Side Trips

Koli National Park

— 7 nights
Although many Koli National Park tours revolve around the majestic natural landscape, there are still plenty of things to see and do for those pursuing culture and heritage.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Koli National Park: Juuka (Paalasmaan Surukivi & Tulikiven Kivikyla). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Ukko-Koli Hill, trek along Paha-Koli Hill, get outside with Neitikoski Rapids, and enjoy breathtaking views from Rasavaara Observation tower.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Koli National Park road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Joensuu to Koli National Park takes 1.5 hours. In March in Koli National Park, expect temperatures between 0°C during the day and -8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Nurmes.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Nurmes

— 1 night
Nurmes is a town and municipality of Finland.It was located in the former province of Eastern Finland until 2010 and is now in the North Karelia region. On the 9th (Tue), pause for some serene contemplation at Nurmes Church and then relax and rejuvenate at Kylpyla Spa Bomba.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Nurmes road trip website.

Traveling by car from Koli National Park to Nurmes takes 1.5 hours. March in Nurmes sees daily highs of 0°C and lows of -7°C at night. On the 9th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nurmes

Spas · Historic Sites

North Karelia travel guide

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Hiking Trails · Landmarks · Gardens
North Karelia is a region in eastern Finland. It borders the regions of Kainuu, Northern Savonia, Southern Savonia and South Karelia, as well as Russia.The city of Joensuu is the capital of North Karelia.North Karelia is renowned among public health officials. In the 1960s Finland led industrialized nations in heart disease mortality rates; North Karelia had Finland's highest incidence. In 1972 a long-term project was undertaken which targeted this risk in North Karelia. The resulting improvement in public health is still considered remarkable, a model for the rest of the nation.MunicipalitiesThe region of North Karelia is made up of 13 municipalities, of which four have city status (marked in bold).Joensuu sub-region: Ilomantsi (5,693)Joensuu (74,475)Juuka (5,355)Kontiolahti (14,104)Liperi (12,288)Outokumpu (7,396)Polvijärvi (4,772) Central Karelia sub-region: Kitee (9,083)Rääkkylä (2,528)Tohmajärvi (4,975)Pielinen Karelia sub-region: Lieksa (12,568)Nurmes (8,358)Valtimo (2,438)

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