Hikers relaxing and enjoying sunshine at Koli

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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Have you always wanted to try Finnish sauna, ice fishing 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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A view to Lake Pielinen from Koli Hills

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.

Nature attractions

Cooked meat with seasonal vegetables

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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Hotel room in Sokos Hotel Kimmel

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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Have you ever dreamed of being a shepherd in gorgeous views? 🐑🐑

Now you have an excellent opportunity to try out that kind of lifestyle in Kiviniemi, next to Koli National Park. Spend one week taking care of 10–15 sheep, enjoy surrounding nature and accommodate in cozy barn. You can apply by yourself, with a friend or with your family. The shepherd holidays are available from the beginning of June to the end of August.

❗ The application period is open until 20th May, so don’t hesitate too long!
More information @kontiolahtioutdoor and see the link below in comments 👇

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The spring is turning ice to waters again 🌊
Happy celebrations, it`s the 1st of May tomorrow! 🎉

Thank you for the beautiful pic @alis_1267!

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Good morning from Rääkkylä, Northern Karelia ☀🔥

Thank you for this amazing pic @hemul75!

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The city of Joensuu and Suvantosilta bathing in springy vibes – the summer is coming, believe it or not ☀

Thanks for the amazing pic @digitaalisesti_vangittu!

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This tiny European Robin (fin. Punarinta) is looking forward to something – maybe weekend? ☀

Thank you for the amazing pic merjaroininen

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Spring is here – the ice is melting, the birds are singing and droplets are dropping off the eaves, as the sun is warming the trees and roofs ☀ What is your favourite springtime sight or sound?

Thank you for the beautiful pic @vesa_koivu

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