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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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Summer Highlights 2022

North Karelia in Eastern Finland is a place where you can travel safely, enjoy pure nature with all your senses and discover the top attractions without rush. Book joyful experiences and activities online, taste Karelian flavors and find the most comfortable accommodation.

Spend a memorable summer 2022 in North Karelia!

Explore the must see and do in North Karelia

Book activities online

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!

Find and book activities here

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

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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.

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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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Savannah of North Karelia? No, it’s Patvinsuo National Park in Lieksa. If you are lucky, you might spot (instead of lions) bears or wolverines walking on the swamp area. 🐻

📸 This magnificent picture is taken by @lellu_n

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Are you balancing between summer holiday and daily basis? Take a break outdoors and enjoy warm summer days still for a while. 🌾

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In August nights are getting darker but the air is still warm, so it is relaxing to spot sunsets over the lakes. Maybe a late-night swimming or a picnic outside?

📸 This sunset it captured by @suvimariat.

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@lateoutdoors was biking in Outokumpu Wilderness and Nature Center. 🚴‍♀️ The area has several hiking paths, a 12-lake kayaking trail and a fishing area for children. Also, there is @sarkiselkacamping, which has a café, and it provides facilities for caravanners and campers.

#visitkarelia_finland #visitkarelia #northkarelia #pohjoiskarjala #visitoutokumpu #outokumpu #särkiselkäcamping #eräjaluontokeskus #outdoors #suomenluonto #luontokuva #lakelandfinland #lakeland #finnishlakeland #lakeview #pyöräily #biking #mtb #drone #finnland #natur #itäsuomi #retkeily #luontopolku
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In North Karelia you can admire the endless forests, clear lakes and high hills from different perspective when you go paddling. @pampurop watched the sunset while paddle boarding on the lake Viinijärvi in Liperi. 🚣‍♂️

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Onko myös isompien kaupunkihotellien mahdollista toimia vastuullisesti? Kyllä on, ainakin jos kysymme Joensuussa sijaitsevilta Sokos Hotel Kimmeliltä & Vaakunalta. Molemmille hotellille on myönnetty mm. Sustainable Travel Finland-merkki, jonka vaativa kriteeristö huomioi niin hotellin ekologisen, taloudellisen, sosiaalisen kuin kulttuurisen kestävyyden.

Haastattelimme Sokos Hotel Kimmelin hotellinjohtajaa Kaija-Riitta Uusitaloa siitä, miten iso henkilöstö saadaan sitoutettua vastuullisuustoimiin ja miten vastuullisuutta edistetään hektisen arjen keskellä. Lue juttu linkin takaa: https://bit.ly/vastuullisuus-pko

“Pitää tehdä konkreettisia tekoja, jotka näkyy ja tuntuu."
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