34 days in North Karelia Itinerary

34 days in North Karelia Itinerary

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Nurmes
— 11 nights
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Koli National Park
— 12 nights
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Joensuu
— 10 nights
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Nurmes

— 11 nights
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. Discover out-of-the-way places like Kylpyla Spa Bomba and Nurmes Church.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Nurmes travel itinerary planner.

London, UK to Nurmes is an approximately 37-hour car ride. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from London in March, things will get a bit cooler in Nurmes: highs are around 0°C and lows about -7°C. On the 22nd (Mon), you'll travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Nurmes

Spas · Historic Sites

Koli National Park

— 12 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 discover tucked-away gems like Paha-Koli Hill and Akka-Koli Hill. Get in touch with nature at Neitikoski Rapids and Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail. Venture out of the city with trips to Juuka (Paalasmaan Surukivi, Juuan ev.lut Kirkko, &more). There's much more to do: take a pleasant ride with Matkailutila Paimentupa, hike along Herajarvi Hiking Trail, examine the collection at Koli Nature Centre Ukko, and take a peaceful walk through Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Koli National Park trip website.

Traveling by car from Nurmes 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. On the 3rd (Sat), you're off to Joensuu.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Joensuu

— 10 nights
Joensuu is a city and municipality in North Karelia in the province of Eastern Finland. Get outdoors at Utra Beach and Utransaari/ The Utra Island. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Pyhan Nikolaoksen kirkko and Kolvananuuro. Venture out of the city with trips to Ilomantsi (Parppeinvaaran Runokyla & Mohko Ironworks Museum), Tohmajarven kirkko (in Tohmajarvi) and Old Mine Mining Museum (in Outokumpu). There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Joensuu Church, test your team's savvy at Escape Room Joensuu, ski along the peaceful trails at Lykynlampi Outdoor Centre, and take a memorable tour with Arctic Trainers SUP-center.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Joensuu journey tool.

Drive from Koli National Park to Joensuu in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 6°C in April, and nighttime lows around -2°C. On the 13th (Tue), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Joensuu

Outdoors · Parks · Museums · Trails

Side Trips

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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