A heartfelt welcome to Ilomantsi!

Ilomantsi is a convenient travel destination, offering spectacular natural scenery for those who enjoy outdoor recreation, numerous sights and events for those interested in culture, and great traditional cuisine for food lovers. Listen to the enchanting sounds of kantele at the Parppeinvaara Bardic Village or let the silence surround you in our beautiful churches. Travel back through our nation's war history at the Taistelijan Talo, "Fighter's House" or discover the historic art of iron making at the Möhkö Ironworks.

Visit the Easternmost point of the continental European Union on Lake Virmajärvi and experience the proximity of the Russian border. Explore the magnificent Karelian nature in the Petkeljärvi National Park and along the hiking paths of the Karelian Circuit, or canoe along the twisting river Koitajoki through ancient forests. Taste our local specialities: Karelian vatruska and sultsina pasties, berry wines and liquors from the Hermanni Winery. Taste them all during your visit or bring some home with you in order to remember your wonderful visit to Karelia!

Founded1875
Population5200 inhabitants
Distance to Joensuu73 km (60 min)