6 days in North Karelia Itinerary

6 days in North Karelia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Karelia travel planner

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Make it your trip
Fly to Joensuu Airport, Drive to Koli National Park
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Koli National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Joensuu
— 1 night
Fly

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Koli National Park

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Koli Nature Centre Ukko, hike along Ukko-Koli Hill, then take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail, and finally hike along Paha-Koli Hill. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Akka-Koli Hill, then don't miss a visit to Paateri, then hike along Kasken Kierros Nature Trail, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Pielinen.

For where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Koli National Park road trip app.

Boise, USA to Koli National Park is an approximately 27-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Boise to Koli National Park. While traveling from Boise, expect colder days and little chillier nights in Koli National Park, ranging from highs of 69°F to lows of 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Joensuu.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Joensuu

— 1 night
Joensuu is a city and municipality in North Karelia in the province of Eastern Finland. Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): examine the collection at Pohjois-Karjalan museo Hilma, don't miss a visit to Sculpture Susi Kosiomatkalla, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Joensuun Tori (Joensuu Market), then take in nature's colorful creations at Botania - Botanical Garden and Tropical Butterfly Garden, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Joensuu Church.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Joensuu day trip tool.

Getting from Koli National Park to Joensuu by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in July, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Joensuu

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites

North Karelia travel guide

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Hiking Trails · Specialty Museums · Landmarks
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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