14 days in North Karelia Itinerary

14 days in North Karelia Itinerary

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Route & dates

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 ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Pielinen. Get out of town with these interesting Koli side-trips: Joensuu (Joensuu Church, Botania - Botanical Garden and Tropical Butterfly Garden, &more).

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Koli itinerary maker site.

Zurich, Switzerland to Koli is an approximately 14.5- hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Zurich to Koli. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Zurich in October, with highs in Koli at 6°C and lows at 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), Tiilikkajarven Kansallispuisto (in Rautavaara) and Tahko Farmi (in Tahkovuori). There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Nurmes Church.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Nurmes trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Koli to Nurmes in an hour. In October, daily temperatures in Nurmes can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Lieksa.

Things to do in Nurmes

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Kuopio, Tiilikkajarven Kansallispuisto, Tahko Farmi
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St. Nikolaos Cathedral ©
St. Nikolaos Cathedral
Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo ©
Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo
Nurmes Church ©
Nurmes Church

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. Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Pielisen Museum, make a trip to Paateri, and then identify plant and animal life at Eräeero T:mi Eero Kortelainen. On the 16th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get outside with Neitikoski Rapids.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Lieksa online driving holiday planner.

Drive from Nurmes to Lieksa in 1.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Lieksa are 6°C, while nighttime lows are 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. Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Old Mine Mining Museum and then take in the spiritual surroundings of New Valamo Monastery.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Outokumpu route maker website.

Getting from Lieksa to Outokumpu by car takes about 2.5 hours. In October in Outokumpu, expect temperatures between 6°C during the day and 0°C at night. 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