16 days in North Karelia Itinerary

16 days in North Karelia Itinerary

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16 days in North Karelia Itinerary

Start: Friedrichshafen
Fly + Drive:  16​h
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
— 6 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Friedrichshafen


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. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nurmes: Juuka (Myllymuseo, Juuan ev.lut Kirkko, & more). It doesn't end there: explore the activities along Pielinen and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nurmes Church.

To see more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Nurmes online trip builder .

Friedrichshafen, Germany to Nurmes is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Friedrichshafen to Nurmes due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Friedrichshafen in May; daily highs in Nurmes reach 16°C and lows reach 5°C. On the 9th (Sat), you'll travel to Lieksa.

Things to do in Nurmes

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Juuka, Pielinen
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Nurmes Church ©
Nurmes Church
Pielinen ©


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. Lieksa is known for museums, wildlife, outdoors, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Paateri, hike along Makravaara Hill, enjoy breathtaking views from Rasavaara Observation tower, and take some stellar pictures from Rylays Hill.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Lieksa trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by car from Nurmes to Lieksa takes 1.5 hours. In May in Lieksa, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to Joensuu.

Things to do in Lieksa

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Koli National Park
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Akka-Koli Hill ©
Akka-Koli Hill
Paateri ©
Pielisen Museum ©
Pielisen Museum


Joensuu is a city and municipality in North Karelia in the province of Eastern Finland. Change things up with these side-trips from Joensuu: Old Mine Mining Museum (in Outokumpu), Tohmajarven kirkko (in Tohmajarvi) and Koli Nature Centre Ukko (in Koli). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Botania - Botanical Garden and Tropical Butterfly Garden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Pyhan Nikolaoksen kirkko, explore the world behind art at Joensuun Taidemuseo Onni, and trek along Ukko-Koli Hill.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Joensuu holiday builder website .

You can drive from Lieksa to Joensuu in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in May, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Joensuu

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Koli National Park, Koli Nature Centre Ukko, Mohko Ironworks Museum, Old Mine Mining Museum, Tohmajarven kirkko
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Sculpture Susi Kosiomatkalla
Sculpture Susi Kosiomatkalla
Ukko-Koli Hill ©
Ukko-Koli Hill