Caravan and camping areas in North Karelia

Are you looking for a place to stay after a long ride? In North Karelia we have several caravan and camping areas which are suitable both for camper vans, trailers and campers. Do you want to accommodate close to a lake, in the heart of the city or in the middle of tranquil national parks? Or maybe glamping with all comfy facilities is your made for you? In North Karelia we have suitable options for everyone in diverse locations.


Camping close to services

Couple of our camping areas – Holiday Linnunlahti in Joensuu and Hyvärilä Holiday Apartments in Nurmes –  locate close to cities and all services. Even so, you can also enjoy the closeness of lakes, forests and tranquility. For instance, Koli National Park is only 60 km away from Joensuu and 85 km from Nurmes.

In Joensuu, especially Art Museum Onni, North Karelian Museum Hilma, Taitokortteli Cultural Block and Orthodox Culture Center are worth to visit.

In addition, both Bomba House and Karelian village and Puu-Nurmes with beautiful old wooden houses are right next to Hyvärilä.


Holiday Linnunlahti

Camping | Joensuu

Holiday Linnunlahti Camping is located in the center of Joensuu on a grass area next to the beach. There are hundreds of tent sites as well as several toilets, saunas, showers, a kitchen and a barbeque area available. Holiday Linnunlahti offers 18 spacious semi-detached apartments. In addition to a bedroom, a kitchen and a loft, each apartment has its own sauna.
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Hyvärilä Holiday Apartments

Resort | Nurmes

Hyvärilä is a former farm located by the beautiful Lake Pielinen. Hyvärilä offers accommodation for long holiday stays as well as a short visit. It provides the various range of accommodation services: rooms in the Manor Hotel, modern holiday apartments and budget stays in one of the huts. You can also stay in a trailer, camper van or tent at the campsite. A lakeside sauna is available by order.
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Camping close to National Parks and hiking areas

In North Karelia you can also find caravan and camping areas that locate in National Parks or in the middle of other hiking areas. From these camping areas you will easily make day trips to the must see nature attractions without hustle and bustle.

For instance, Koli National Park, Petkeljärvi National Park and Ruunaa Hiking Area are right next to the camping areas.

Camping in Koli National Park

Paihola area

BestPark Paihola


New caravan area on the beautiful banks of Pielisjoki River in Paihola, Kontiolahti has 20 parking slots. There are showers, toilets and possibility to empty your chemical toilet and grey water. Caravan area locates only 20 km from Joensuu and 60 km from Koli National Park. There are e.g. 18-hole frisbee golf course and a cafe.
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Koli Freetime

Camping | Koli

Koli Freetime is an accommodation provider in the Koli region. It offers comfortable hotel rooms and more affordable economy rooms, roomy apartments and cozy cottages. Services also include an all year camping area. A clean and child-friendly beach for swimming (a hole in the ice on the lake at winter time), a barbecue hut, fire places and saunas are available.
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Petkeljärvi Center

Camping | Ilomantsi

Petkeljärvi Center is located in the center of the Petkeljärvi National Park. The center offers accommodation in rooms and in a caravan park from the beginning of May to the end of October. The natural attractions of the National Park, many places to visit in Ilomantsi and, for example, Finland's easternmost village, Möhkö, are close by.
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Ruoke Holiday Village

Resort | Kitee

Ruoke Holiday Village is a versatile tourist destination on the sandy Puruvesi Beach in Saimaa. Accommodation in the cottage is available all year round, and during the summer season, accommodation options are expanded by camping and a guest pier. The resort hosts events and activities and provides equipment rental all year round.
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Ruunaa Hiking Center

Camping | Lieksa

Ruunaan Retkeilykeskus is located in the immediate vicinity of Neitikoski, near the border with Russia. The tourist center has places for tents and mobile homes, cottages and sheds, as well as various leisure services. The reception and the tourist center restaurant are open from April to the end of October. You can also take your pet with you to some cottages.
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Särkiselkä Camping


Särkiselkä Camping is locating in the middle of Outokumpu Wilderness and Nature Center and is only five kilometer away from the city center of Outokumpu. The campsite has 10 electric caravan pitches, tent pitches and 10 camping cabins for 2-4 people. There are a cafe in the area and also kitchen and showers for travelers.
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Cottages and camping | Koli

VisitKoli provides different sized cottages and camping with versatile facilities in the region of Koli National Park. There are options both for smaller and bigger groups and in some of the cottages pets are allowed as well.
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Pamper yourself with glamping experience

Do you want to overnight in the middle of nature but with all facilities? Then glamping is just made for you!

In North Karelia you can book the Koli AuroraHut and feel the nature around you. It is just a stone’s throw away from the Koli Hills.

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A woman sits in a hammock

Just hanging out – Night in a Hammock

Forest bathing is a unique way to spend a night in the nature. When you are just hanging in a hammock, you can hear the rain drops falling on the roof, listen birds singing and just safely sense the surrounding nature without rush.

Accommodation is available in several locations close to a guesthouse. Instructions, meal packages, firewood and other supplies will be given when needed.

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Have a safe journey

Especially on high season it is recommendable to make reservations in advance to ensure the accommodation.

While driving in Finland it is good to remember that the weather conditions might change rapidly. From the following links you will find information concerning the liabilities, safety instructions and other notable tips when you hit the road in Finland.

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Where are we?

North Karelia is locating in the Eastern part of Finland and is reachable both by car and public transportation. Read more information from below how to arrive to North Karelia.

Getting to North Karelia