17 days in North Karelia Itinerary

17 days in North Karelia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Karelia trip planner

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Joensuu
— 6 nights
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Koli National Park
— 9 nights
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Joensuu

— 6 nights
Joensuu is a city and municipality in North Karelia in the province of Eastern Finland. Explore hidden gems such as Joensuu Church and Pyhan Nikolaoksen kirkko. Venture out of the city with trips to Ilomantsi (Parppeinvaaran Runokyla & Mohko Ironworks Museum), Tohmajarven kirkko (in Tohmajarvi) 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, kick back and relax at Honkaniemi Beach, and don't miss a visit to Sculpture Susi Kosiomatkalla.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, 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 · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 31 — Aug 7:

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.
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: trek along Akka-Koli Hill, tour the pleasant surroundings at Eräeero T:mi Eero Kortelainen, see the interesting displays at Koli Nature Centre Ukko, and delve into the lush surroundings at Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Koli National Park road trip planning app.

You can drive from Joensuu to Koli National Park in 1.5 hours. In August in Koli National Park, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 7 — 16:

North Karelia travel guide

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Hiking Trails · Specialty Museums · Landmarks
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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