17 days in North Karelia Itinerary

17 days in North Karelia Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Geneva
Fly:  14 h
— 6 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
Koli National Park
— 9 nights
Drive + Fly:  15 h
End: Geneva


Joensuu is a city and municipality in North Karelia in the province of Eastern Finland. Explore hidden gems such as Pyhan Nikolaoksen kirkko and Joensuu Church. Venture out of the city with trips to Tohmajarven kirkko (in Tohmajarvi), Ilomantsi (Parppeinvaaran Runokyla & Mohko Ironworks Museum) and Old Mine Mining Museum (in Outokumpu). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Botania - Botanical Garden and Tropical Butterfly Garden, see the interesting displays at Pohjois-Karjalan museo Hilma, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Kitee Zoo, and don't miss a visit to Sculpture Susi Kosiomatkalla.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Joensuu vacation planner.

Geneva, Switzerland to Joensuu is an approximately 14- hour flight. You can also drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Geneva to Joensuu due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Geneva in August; daily highs in Joensuu reach 22°C and lows reach 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Joensuu

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Ilomantsi, Tohmajarven kirkko, Old Mine Mining Museum, Kitee Zoo
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Sculpture Susi Kosiomatkalla
Sculpture Susi Kosiomatkalla
Pyhan Nikolaoksen kirkko ©
Pyhan Nikolaoksen kirkko

Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Paha-Koli Hill and Rasavaara Observation tower. Change things up with these side-trips from Koli National Park: Paalasmaan Surukivi (in Juuka) and Nurmes Church (in Nurmes). There's still lots to do: hike along Ukko-Koli Hill, see the interesting displays at Pielisen Museum, get outside with Neitikoski Rapids, and explore the activities along Pielinen.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Koli National Park trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Joensuu to Koli National Park takes 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 16th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Koli, Paalasmaan Surukivi, Nurmes Church
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Ukko-Koli Hill ©
Ukko-Koli Hill
Paha-Koli Hill ©
Paha-Koli Hill
Neitikoski Rapids ©
Neitikoski Rapids