Stories of Sustainability

Responsibility and sustainable development are key themes in Finland’s tourism strategy and one of the key goals. Also, here in North Karelia tourism relies strongly on sustainable manners. On this page you will find few North Karelian companies telling their stories how sustainability shows in their businesses. Read all the articles, familiarize yourself with the companies and join them on the path of sustainable development.

The following companies have achieved the Sustainable Travel Finland label from Visit Finland: Äksyt Ämmät, Hyvärilä Youth and Holiday Centre , Puukarin Pysäkki, Lietsu Boutique Aparthotel, Break Sokos Hotel Bomba, Break Sokos Hotel Koli, Original Sokos Hotel Kimmel, Original Sokos Hotel Vaakuna and Pohjolan Matka. These companies are forerunners of sustainable tourism in North Karelia. Sustainability in its ecological, social, cultural and economical forms shows in their values and actions every day. This series of articles will introduce you more detailed to sustainable stories of few above mentioned businesses.

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Äksyt Ämmät – Sustainability requires perseverance

Äksyt Ämmät is a North Karelian travel agency, tour operator, activity organiser, and an online travel shop specialising in sustainable tourism. Äksyt Ämmät is the only Finnish business that has a TourCert certificate for commitment to reducing their carbon footprint, and the first North Karelian business to receive the Sustainable Travel Finland label.

Read more about Äksyt Ämmät

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Puukarin Pysäkki – Searching for balanced sustainability

Puukarin Pysäkki is a guesthouse and sustainable travel company in Valtimo, North Karelia that provides authentic Karelian experiences and flavors. Their ecological principles are apparent in small everyday actions and organic food and ingredients from their own fields are at the heart of the kitchen.

Puukarin Pysäkki is a member of ECEAT (European Centre for Ecological and Agricultural Tourism) Finland and has a Sustainable Travel Finland label.

Get to know with Puukarin Pysäkki

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Lietsu – Sustainability with a brave vision

Lietsu Boutique Aparthotel in Joensuu city center is known for its hospitable hosts and a spirit for promoting the common good. Ecological, cultural and social sustainability are practised at Lietsu on a daily basis and it was the first small to medium sized business in Joensuu to receive the Sustainable Travel Finland label.

Read more about Lietsu

Koli and responsibility go hand in hand

Break Sokos Hotel Koli locates in the middle of Koli National Park. In addition, new hotel expansion will be built few kilometers away from the national park. Operating in such location requires particularly responsible actions. Read the article to find out, how responsibility shows in daily actions and services in Koli.

Read more about Break Sokos Hotel Koli

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Pohjolan Matka – Travel with more common sense

Pohjolan Matka is family-owned company, which provides coach services, full DMC travel packages and route traffic. Responsibility is one of their main values and considered in every turn. They also prefer partners with a strong sense of responsibility. Read the article to learn more, how sustainability shows in bus company’s actions.

Read more about Pohjolan Matka company

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Break Sokos Hotel Bomba – Fostering the culture

Break Sokos Hotel Bomba in Nurmes fosters especially Karelian culture and local lifestyle in their daily actions. Also, enviromental issues have been taken into consideration for instance when the spa was renovated. Read more about the article, how sustainability shows in daily basis in Bomba.

Read more about Bomba