Stop & Breathe in Finnish Lakeland

North Karelia is a unique meeting point of eastern and western cultures and religions. There are about 2,000 lakes and two thirds of the area is covered by forest. North Karelia is a place where the Finnish national epic, the Kalevala, was created and it continues to be a source of inspiration of many. Koli National Park, the official Finnish National Landscape is one of the most famous attractions in Finland. 

You can for example, go wild animal watching, take part in themed tours, enjoy your holiday in a cottage, visit national parks and Karelian Villages, try rafting in a traditional wooden boat, or even cross the border to explore Russian Karelia. 

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Wide variety of National Parks

North Karelia provides excellent surroundings for recreation and relaxation for nature-lovers.

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You can fly from the great cities of Europe, Asia or USA to the peace and quiet of Karelia. International flights arrive to Helsinki and there are good connections from Helsinki to Joensuu. It´s possible to rent a car for example from the Joensuu airport or Joensuu Railway Station and there is also a daily shuttle taxi connection from Joensuu to Koli (please, book a rental car or a shuttle taxi connection in advance). 


Flights a day from Helsinki to Joensuu (1 hour)2-5
Trains a day from Helsinki to Joensuu (4,5 hours)7-8
Bus connections a day from Helsinki to Joensuu (6-7 hours)5-8
by car from Helsinki to Joensuu (5 hours)440 km