Welcome to North Karelia!

North Karelia in Eastern Finland is a place where you can travel safely and enjoy pure nature with all your senses. We have here a lot to see and do! Discover our top attractions like Koli National Park and Valamo Monastery, book memorable experiences and activities online and taste traditional and delicious flavors of Karelian cuisine. Enjoy your summer 2022 in North Karelia, Finland!

Getting here

North Karelia is located in the easternmost part of Finland. Joensuu is the regional hub of North Karelia, located approximately 400 km to the Northeast from Helsinki. You can reach North Karelia easily for instance from Finland’s capital Helsinki by plane, train, bus, or own car.

How to get here?

Travel safely in North Karelia

Safety is one of the most important features of an enjoyable holiday. Read more about guidelines of traveling abroad, test certificate requirements and vaccinations. Stay updated during the coronavirus pandemic and enjoy your holidays in North Karelia.

Corona-information for travelers


Top attractions

North Karelia is a province of over 2000 lakes and 24 000 holiday cottages. Come here to explore the beautiful nature destinations, to enjoy delicious flavors of Karelian cuisine and to learn more about traditional Karelian culture.

Just to name few, our top attractions are Koli National Park, Valamo Monastery, Parppeinvaara Rune Singer’s Village, Bomba Karelian Village, and city of Joensuu. In addition, we have three other National Parks – Petkeljärvi, Patvinsuo and Kolovesi. Discover the must-see attractions but also our hidden gems.

What to experience in North Karelia?

Book activities online

Find experiences and activities in North Karelia area online! Have you always wanted to try Finnish sauna, take a fishing tour on a lake, or explore National Parks together with local guide? Now you can easily find and book activities and enjoy holidays alone or together with your friends and family.

Book experiences online

Find more activities here



In North Karelia you can overnight for instance in hotels, guest houses, cottages and in holiday resorts. Do you prefer staying in city center or want to experience unique Finnish nature and lakes in the middle of forests and countryside? We have alternatives for everyone, find your favorite!

Stay in North Karelia


Karelian cuisine

Have you already tasted Karelian pasties or other traditional pies and pasties with natural flavors? Karelian food tradition has strong roots in the nature of North Karelia. Karelia à la carte combines the best aspects of traditional cuisine with more modern tastes and seasonal ingredients.

The taste of North Karelia