Quality time, experiences and wellbeing for those who have seen and experienced a lot! North Karelia offers plenty of memorable attractions for all age groups, be it spring, summer, autumn or winter. The region also caters for the travelers who have accomplished and experiences much in their lives.
Getting to know the Karelian culture, history and cuisine are suitable activities for you if you appreciate local culture and learning new things. The close proximity of the Russian boarder adds an interesting component to the region’s cultural offering. Did you know that North Karelia is the only originally Orthodox region in Finland? Have you considered visiting the Russian Republic of Karelia as well during your trip to North Karelia? (Please note that visa is needed to Russia. If your do not have Finnish citizenship, visas should be organised in your own country in the Russian embassy.)
The museums, theaters and various exhibitions in North Karelia treat you to unforgettable experiences and moments. While experiencing North Karelian culture, you may also familiarize yourself with the region’s history and Orthodox culture and faith. Karelian hospitality and cheerfulness guarantee a first-class experience.
Take a stroll in North Karelian nature and be embraced by its silence, sound and scents. Discover its diversity - the countless unspoiled lakes and tree-covered hills. You can hike, paddle, fish, pick berries or mushrooms, ski and do several other activities in accordance with your wishes. There is a broad variety of safe walking and hiking trails in North Karelia.
Why not try something entirely new? Develop your skills by doing local handicrafts, baking local delicacies or participating in the chores of a traditional farm. You can combine all this to a day of pampering in one of the region’s spas that offer services appealing to all tastes.
If you value safety and accessibility, North Karelia is your destination of choice - there is an extensive accessible nature tourism destination in the municipality of Lieksa, for example. If you are travelling to the Koli National Park, the Koli shuttle taxi will pick you up from the Joensuu airport or train station and take you to the Finland’s best-known national landscape that has inspired many artists.
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