Experience Central Karelia
We welcome you to experience Central Karelia!
Central Karelia is a regional district in Finland made up of the municipality of Kitee and the districts of Rääkkylä and Tohmajärvi. The municipality of Kitee was formed in the beginning of 2013 following the merger between it and the district of Kesälahti.
Central Karelia is designated as a sub-region of North Karelia and is located about an hour’s drive from Joensuu and Savonlinna. The beautiful nature and crystal clear lakes of Central Karelia attract visitors - who get to enjoy the local hospitality while they're at it. The peaceful way of life in Central Karelia offers a wide range of opportunities for enjoying a holiday no matter the time of the year.
Central Karelia has many choises for accommodation to choose from. High-quality holiday cottages, comfortable hotel accommodation and many other options guarantee a good night’s sleep. Afterwards you get to enjoy delicious local food in the cafés and restaurants, including unique Karelian cuisine. Central Karelia also offers great shopping opportunities for local souvenirs.
The stunning nature of Central Karelia is perfect for enjoying the great outdoors. You can take up boating, fishing, hiking and observing the rare flora and fauna. Discover the wilderness by yourself or with a trained nature guide.
In wintertime cross-country skiing and ice fishing are excellent outdoor activities. For those with a need for speed, Central Karelia also has the best snowmobiling routes in Eastern Finland.