14 days in North Karelia Itinerary

14 days in North Karelia Itinerary

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14 days in North Karelia Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly + Drive:  14​h 30​min
1
Koli
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Nurmes
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Lieksa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Outokumpu
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Zurich

4
nights
Koli

Koli ©
Pielinen has been added to your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Koli: Joensuu (Joensuu Church, Botania - Botanical Garden and Tropical Butterfly Garden, & more).

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Koli trip itinerary builder site .

Zurich, Switzerland to Koli is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Zurich to Koli due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Zurich in October, expect Koli to be slightly colder, temps between 6°C and 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Nurmes.

Things to do in Koli

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Koli National Park, Joensuu
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Pielinen ©
Pielinen
Ukko-Koli Hill ©
Ukko-Koli Hill

4
nights
Nurmes

Nurmes ©
Nurmes is a town and municipality of Finland.It was located in the former province of Eastern Finland until 2010 and is now in the North Karelia region. Explore Nurmes' surroundings by going to Kuopio (St. Nikolaos Cathedral, Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo, & more), Tahko Farmi (in Tahkovuori) and Tiilikkajarven Kansallispuisto (in Rautavaara). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Nurmes Church.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Nurmes tour planner.

You can drive from Koli to Nurmes in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in October, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel to Lieksa.

Things to do in Nurmes

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Kuopio, Tiilikkajarven Kansallispuisto, Tahko Farmi
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Nurmes Church ©
Nurmes Church
Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo ©
Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo
Matkus Shopping Center ©
Matkus Shopping Center

2
nights
Lieksa

Lieksa ©
Lieksa is a town and municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Eastern Finland and is part of the North Karelia region. On the 15th (Tue), see the interesting displays at Pielisen Museum, make a trip to Paateri, and then identify plant and animal life at Era Eero. On the next day, head outdoors with Neitikoski Rapids.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Lieksa attractions website .

Drive from Nurmes to Lieksa in 1.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Lieksa can reach 6°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Outokumpu.

Things to do in Lieksa

Outdoors Wildlife Parks
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Paateri ©
Paateri
Pielisen Museum ©
Pielisen Museum
Neitikoski Rapids ©
Neitikoski Rapids

2
nights
Outokumpu

Outokumpu ©
Outokumpu is a town and municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Eastern Finland and is part of the North Karelia region. On the 17th (Thu), examine the collection at Old Mine Mining Museum and then take in the spiritual surroundings of New Valamo Monastery.

To see reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Outokumpu trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from Lieksa to Outokumpu takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 6°C in October, and nighttime lows around 0°C. You'll set off for home on the 18th (Fri).

Things to do in Outokumpu

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

New Valamo Monastery
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New Valamo Monastery ©
New Valamo Monastery
Old Mine Mining Museum ©
Old Mine Mining Museum