Pielinen, Koli National Park

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Pielinen is the fourth largest lake of Finland, with a drainage basin area of 12823km2 that is equally distributed between eastern Finland and Russia. The creation of the lake and its outlet is attributed to a post-glacial isostatic rebound, which resulted in uplift of the land. As is common in Finnish lakes, the water color of the lake is dark on account of the high proportion of bogs present in the catchment of the drainage basin that drains humic substances.
Pielinen Lake is in the northernmost part of Karelia, which is the land of the Karelian peoples, a Northern European area of historical significance not only for Finland, but also for Russia and Sweden. Apart from the lake, several attractions on the shores of the lake are the Koli National Park known for its scenic beauty in summer and the winter sports of skiing, the whitewater rafting centre at Ruunaa Hiking Center, the active centres of Lieksa and Nurmes.
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  • First, a simple breakdown in winter and summer, and then the secret:) Winter. You can ride your skis and you can by car for the longest ice road in Europe to Lieksa (well, it is if the ice got up). It is theoretically possible to snowmobiling. Actually, the more nothing to do this summer. You can swim, if water is warmed. In recent years, it happens more often because of the hot weather. You can go on a boat trip with rowing boats or motor, depending on where exactly you are renting housing. You can fish. If just a rod without just, free, and if any spinnings worth, then you may need to purchase a license, for example in a shop in Koli. But personally, I've only seen that they fished and HUNTED DOWN to it-no. But then, of course, important process, not the result. About Koli have a pier from which previously walked the ferry to Lieksa, but now it was cancelled due to the small number of willing people. But there is something like our Meteors, which can be nicely ride across the Lake. Ibid., at the Marina, is restaurant with stunning views of the water and kayak and kayak rental. If the water is warm for a long time, then set the floating trampoline, which cool the sigat Lake. Well, now, actually, sekretik. My daughter and I, her insistence, sailed on a kayaking (h and h back), minibuses hire 20 EUR for the first hour and 5 euros for the following. Marina itself is located below the mountain of Uka-Koli. So, when approaching the pier, not before 300 meters, with water should be loud shout, no matter what. And you will hear the echo from the top of the mountain. Not from somewhere, and it was from there. If you stand just under the mountain, then nothing will. And on the mountain echo, but banal. And then there's the feeling that you mountain itself meets. Magically ... So, try
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  • We visited the higher and lower parts of the park, the peaks offer splendid views over the lake Pielinen and meanwhile offer you a challenging hike over the path which leads you from peak to peak. The...  more »
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