10 days in North Karelia & Rantasalmi Itinerary

10 days in North Karelia & Rantasalmi Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Bern
Drive + Fly:  15 h
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
Koli National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly + Drive:  15 h 30 min
End: Bern


Joensuu ©
Joensuu is a city and municipality in North Karelia in the province of Eastern Finland. Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Joensuun Taidemuseo Onni, take in the spiritual surroundings of Pyhan Nikolaoksen kirkko, then stop by Kauppakeskus Iso Myy, and finally whizz through the canopy at Treetop Adventure Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Sculpture Susi Kosiomatkalla, examine the collection at Pohjois-Karjalan museo Hilma, take in the spiritual surroundings of Joensuu Church, then kick back and relax at Honkaniemi Beach, and finally admire the natural beauty at Botania - Botanical Garden and Tropical Butterfly Garden.

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Bern, Switzerland to Joensuu is an approximately 15- hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Bern to Joensuu. Traveling from Bern in April, expect Joensuu to be slightly colder, temps between 6°C and -2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Joensuu

Museums Outdoors Parks
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Pohjois-Karjalan museo Hilma ©
Pohjois-Karjalan museo Hilma
Sculpture Susi Kosiomatkalla
Sculpture Susi Kosiomatkalla

Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
Although many Koli National Park tours revolve around the majestic natural landscape, there are still plenty of things to see and do for those pursuing culture and heritage.
Koli National Park is known for trails, nature, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Pielinen, hike along Akka-Koli Hill, don't miss a visit to Paateri, and take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Koli National Park trip maker website.

Drive from Joensuu to Koli National Park in 1.5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Koli National Park can reach 6°C, while at night they dip to -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Rantasalmi.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Koli Nature Centre Ukko
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Ukko-Koli Hill ©
Ukko-Koli Hill
Pielinen ©
Paateri ©


Rantasalmi ©
Rantasalmi is a municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Eastern Finland and is part of the Southern Savonia region. Linnansaari National Park has been added to your itinerary. On the 19th (Fri), explore the striking landscape of Linnansaari National Park.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Rantasalmi journey builder site.

You can drive from Koli National Park to Rantasalmi in 3 hours. In April, daytime highs in Rantasalmi are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Rantasalmi

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

St. George Church
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Linnansaari National Park ©
Linnansaari National Park