Travel safely – Covid-19 instructions for travelers in North Karelia

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North Karelia is located in the easternmost part of 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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Have you always wanted to try Finnish sauna or pick berries, but you are not sure where and how to do it? Or would you discover the best hiking trails 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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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.

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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.

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Culture and 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.

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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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Did you know that dogs are welcome to Koli National Park and there are many dog-friendly services available as well? 🐶 Just remember to keep your dog on a leash while walking in national parks.

📷 Thank you @leilaluodemaaphotos for this beautiful shot!

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This view looks like a painting! 😍

The magnificent picture is taken by @naturesveera in Rääkkylä.

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The days have lengthened, and the amount of light is only increasing. Koli is one of the best places to admire the glowing sky here in North Karelia. 🌅
Are you going to come here to watch the sunset next summer? 📷

@nonnuuu captured this beautiful sunset 😍

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A boat in the water!
In North Karelia, the ice has not yet completely melted everywhere but boating also on large lakes will soon be possible.🚤

Thank you @mariiiida for this picture! 😍

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Joko kuulit, että Sami Kuronen saapuu makumatkalle Pohjois-Karjalaan? Sami Kurosen makumatka Pohjois-Karjalassa kuvataan eri puolilla maakuntaa 15.5. alkaen ja ohjelman ensimmäinen jakso nähdään Nelosella ja Ruudussa juhannuksen jälkeisellä viikolla.
Luvassa on makuja, tarinoita ja upeita maisemia Pohjois-Karjalasta. Pysy kuulolla!

@nelonen @ruutu @samikuronen @pohjois_karjala

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A tea moment in the garden with a friend is always a good idea.💛
Although the weather in Joensuu is still a bit cool, in @botaniajoensuu you can experience a tropical atmosphere surrounded by plants and butterflies. 🦋✨

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