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Koli, which belongs to the city of Lieksa, is the most famous tourist resort in the whole province - people have been visiting in Koli for over 100 years.

Koli locates on the same side of Pielinen as Juuka and therefore it is geographically closer to the center of Juuka than the city of Lieksa. Koli isn't famous only because of its exceptional height: the queue of high hills, the wide lake of Pielinen with its hundreds of islands, green forests as far as the eye can see and the varied beauty of Koli form the incomparable national landscape of which the magnificent Koli is known.

The wildness of Koli has always appealed to people, but the habitation of the hills is surprisingly young compared to neighbour areas. Of course, the area of the Koli with its view is already know in the old map of Käkisalmi, which was made in 1650, but the hill's name was "the Black Slope" (Mustarinta) - the name refers to the great pagan lords instead of human habitation. According to heritage knowlegde and historic references, the pagan lords mastered the Koli influencing widely to the local populations, stages of life and destinies. People also arrived far from around Karelia to conciliate the lords. Koli has also been a place where ancient Lapps used to live and a place where the judgements were executed.

Multiple Finnish artists have admired and immortalized the ancient hills, Karelidis. The most famous of them are Eero Järnefelt and Jean Sibelius with their spouses. For example, on the wall of Demon's Church (one of the most famous caves in Koli) there's a writing made by Järnefelt: "One secret, one spirit, the fortune of us both, is this church, the holiness we will always remember" (Yksi salaisuus, yks henki, yks onni kumpaisenki, on kirkko tämä, sen pyhyyttä muistelemma aina), Eero and Fanni, 1893.

There's also lots of else to see in the village of Koli: in the center of the village there's the souvenir shop of Koli Season, tourist information of Koli and the gallery of Kulmakivi, Gastropub Kolin Ryynänen with its accommodation and the club house of Koli. At the harbor there's the harbor restaurant of Alamaja. At the top of the Koli, there's the Hotel Koli with its spa and souvenir shops.

Tourist information of Koli: Ylä-kolintie 2, 83960 Lieksa, p. +358 45 138 7429

 

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