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Here we are!

North Karelia is a part of the Lakeland Finland. Joensuu is the regional hub of North Karelia, located approximately 400 km to the Northeast from Helsinki. Read more about the most convenient ways of reaching our destination and Finnish Lakeland.

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A man snowshoeing on the Koli Hills

Winter Highlights 2022

North Karelia in Lakeland Finland is a place where you can travel safely, enjoy pure nature with all your senses, discover the top attractions without rush and just relax. Book a cottage by lake, make skiing or biking trips to national parks and other nature destinations and feel the nature. If you are curious enough, try Finnish sauna to get into the authentic mood of local culture.

Spend a memorable winter 2022-2023 in North Karelia!

Explore the must see and do in North Karelia

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Book activities online

Have you always wanted to try Finnish sauna or snowshoeing, but you are not sure where and how to do it? Or would you discover the best starlight tours and hidden gems in North Karelia?

Our local guides will help you and familiarize you to Finnish culture in the Lakeland region. Find the best activities from the online shop and explore Finland by doing. Let’s go on an adventure!

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Snowy forest at Koli

The best of North Karelia

Where can you go nowadays to escape from the concrete walls and traffic jams of the big city, without winding up in overcrowded tourist resorts?

Is there anywhere where you can spend a holiday which really does get you “away from it all”? If you are looking for a different type of holiday, then North Karelia might be just the right destination for you.

Top attractions

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Find your nature

In North Karelia you may spend a relaxing holiday in a traditional holiday house located by a lake. The Finnish national landscape that opens from the oldest bedrock of Europe, Koli hills is of course something that everyone should experience at least once in a lifetime. For nature lovers the four national parks of our region offer great trails for day-hikes.

Nature attractions

Karelian culture in two ways

Karelian flavors

North Karelia is a great destination for food enthusiast. You´ll find authentic flavors and experience how food is prepared from what the lakes and forests offer during different seasons. Autumn brings to table all harvest delicacies with the combination of soft and sour flavors. Forests are also full of tasty berries and mushrooms waiting for someone to pick them up.

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Karelian culture

Karelian culture is not just about food. Our region can tell you many interesting stories about orthodoxy, rune singing, war history, karelian traditions and other characteristics of life between East and West.

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Stories of Sustainability

Here in North Karelia our actions rely strongly on sustainability, and we are proud of our unique nature and culture. Are you aware, how differently companies can take account both ecological, social, economic, and cultural aspects of sustainability in their businesses?

A series of articles presents sustainable stories behind North Karelian companies, which have received Sustainable Travel Finland label from Visit Finland. Familiarize yourself with the businesses and follow their journey on the sustainable development path.

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Räsävaara's 18 meters high observation tower is one of the viewpoints of Koli. It offers magnificent views for example over lake Pielinen and lake Herajärvi. 🌊🌲

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