What makes North Karelia special?
North Karelia offers the best sides of city and countryside; wide array of services and free time activities, smooth transportationsystem, clean and beautiful wilderness nature, numerous clean-water lakes, rapids, bonds and rugged hill- and ridge landscapes. River Pielinen that flows to Lake Pyhäselkä, goes through the city of Joensuu.
Koli’s landscape with countless sights to see is one of the most famous attractions in Finland. Flower meadows, Pirunkirkko boulder cave and Tarhapuro’s waterfall are the most known attractions in Koli. You can also see the rare Finncattle in the national park’s fields.
Ilosaarirock is one of the largest rock festivals in Finland, where artists from all over the world come to perform. Thousands of people come to enjoy the festival feeling every year, about 50 000 tickets were sold to Ilosaarirock in the year 2013. Lieksa offers a Brass Week for brass music enthusiasts, where over 20 000 visitors and music professionals from all over the world come to play and listen to brass music.
Welcome to North-Karelia!