17 days in North Karelia Itinerary

17 days in North Karelia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Karelia trip planner

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Joensuu
— 7 nights
Drive
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Koli National Park
— 9 nights
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Joensuu

— 7 nights
Joensuu is a city and municipality in North Karelia in the province of Eastern Finland. Venture out of the city with trips to Old Mine Mining Museum (in Outokumpu) and Mohko Ironworks Museum (in Ilomantsi). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Sculpture Susi Kosiomatkalla, explore the world behind art at Joensuun Taidemuseo Onni, pause for some serene contemplation at Pyhan Nikolaoksen kirkko, and stroll through Utra Beach.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Joensuu trip maker app.

Brussels, Belgium to Joensuu is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In August, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Joensuu

Outdoors · Parks · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

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Koli National Park

— 9 nights
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 sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: hike along Ukko-Koli Hill, stroll through Paha-Koli Hill, contemplate the waterfront views at Pielinen, and head outdoors with Neitikoski Rapids.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Koli National Park trip itinerary builder website.

Drive from Joensuu to Koli National Park in 1.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Koli National Park are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Museums

Side Trip

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North Karelia travel guide

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Hiking Trails · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
North Karelia is a region in eastern Finland. It borders the regions of Kainuu, Northern Savonia, Southern Savonia and South Karelia, as well as Russia.The city of Joensuu is the capital of North Karelia.North Karelia is renowned among public health officials. In the 1960s Finland led industrialized nations in heart disease mortality rates; North Karelia had Finland's highest incidence. In 1972 a long-term project was undertaken which targeted this risk in North Karelia. The resulting improvement in public health is still considered remarkable, a model for the rest of the nation.MunicipalitiesThe region of North Karelia is made up of 13 municipalities, of which four have city status (marked in bold).Joensuu sub-region: Ilomantsi (5,693)Joensuu (74,475)Juuka (5,355)Kontiolahti (14,104)Liperi (12,288)Outokumpu (7,396)Polvijärvi (4,772) Central Karelia sub-region: Kitee (9,083)Rääkkylä (2,528)Tohmajärvi (4,975)Pielinen Karelia sub-region: Lieksa (12,568)Nurmes (8,358)Valtimo (2,438)

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