20 days in North Karelia Itinerary

20 days in North Karelia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Karelia holiday builder

Make it your trip
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Joensuu
— 7 nights
Drive
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Nurmes
— 4 nights
Drive
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Koli National Park
— 8 nights
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Joensuu

— 7 nights
Joensuu is a city and municipality in North Karelia in the province of Eastern Finland. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Joensuu: Old Mine Mining Museum (in Outokumpu), Tohmajarven kirkko (in Tohmajarvi) and Mohko Ironworks Museum (in Ilomantsi). The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Botania - Botanical Garden and Tropical Butterfly Garden, look for gifts at Kauppakeskus Iso Myy, make a trip to Sculpture Susi Kosiomatkalla, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Pyhan Nikolaoksen kirkko.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Joensuu trip planner.

Barcelona, Spain to Joensuu is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Barcelona in November, things will get cooler in Joensuu: highs are around 1°C and lows about -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Nurmes.

Things to do in Joensuu

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 26 — Dec 3:

Nurmes

— 4 nights
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. Nurmes is known for spas and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: relax and rejuvenate at Kylpyla Spa Bomba and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nurmes Church.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Nurmes trip planner.

Traveling by car from Joensuu to Nurmes takes 2 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to -3°C, and evening lows to -8°C. You will leave for Koli National Park on the 7th (Tue).

Things to do in Nurmes

Spas · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 3 — 7:

Koli National Park

— 8 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 museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ukko-Koli, get outside with Neitikoski Rapids, soothe aching muscles at Koli Relax Spa, and take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Koli National Park day trip planning website.

Drive from Nurmes to Koli National Park in 1.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Koli National Park are -3°C, while nighttime lows are -9°C. On the 15th (Wed), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 7 — 15:

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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