16 days in North Karelia Itinerary

16 days in North Karelia Itinerary

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Route & dates

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. Venture out of the city with trips to Pielinen (in Koli National Park) and Juuka (Myllymuseo, Juuan ev.lut Kirkko, &more). It doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Nurmes Church.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Nurmes trip planner.

Friedrichshafen, Germany to Nurmes is an approximately 16.5- hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Friedrichshafen to Nurmes is 1 hour. Traveling from Friedrichshafen in May, things will get little chillier in Nurmes: highs are around 16°C and lows about 5°C. On the 9th (Sat), you're off 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. Get out of town with these interesting Lieksa side-trips: Koli National Park (Ukko-Koli, Rasavaara Observation tower, &more). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Paateri, see the interesting displays at Pielisen Museum, delve into the lush surroundings at Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto, and get outside with Neitikoski Rapids.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Lieksa trip builder website.

You can drive from Nurmes to Lieksa in 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: Koli National Park (Ukko-Koli Hill, Paha-Koli Hill, &more), Old Mine Mining Museum (in Outokumpu) and Koli Nature Centre Ukko (in Koli). There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Botania - Botanical Garden and Tropical Butterfly Garden, examine the collection at Pohjois-Karjalan museo Hilma, enjoy the sand and surf at Honkaniemi Beach, and don't miss a visit to Joensuu Church.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Joensuu journey planner.

Traveling by car from Lieksa to Joensuu takes 2 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Joensuu can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Joensuu

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

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