29 days in North Karelia Itinerary

29 days in North Karelia Itinerary

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29 days in North Karelia Itinerary

Start: Brussels
Fly:  13​h 45​min
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
— 8 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
— 12 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Brussels


Joensuu ©
Joensuu is a city and municipality in North Karelia in the province of Eastern Finland. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Old Mine Mining Museum and Tohmajarven kirkko. Take a break from the city and head to Treetop Adventure Park and Kitee Zoo. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Pyhan Nikolaoksen kirkko, explore the world behind art at Joensuun Taidemuseo Onni, kick back and relax at Utra Beach, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Joensuu Church.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Joensuu travel itinerary planner.

Brussels, Belgium to Joensuu is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Brussels to Joensuu. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Brussels in December; daily highs in Joensuu reach -1°C and lows reach -6°C. On the 17th (Mon), you'll travel to Ilomantsi.

Things to do in Joensuu

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trips

Old Mine Mining Museum, Kitee Zoo, Tohmajarven kirkko
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Pyhan Nikolaoksen kirkko ©
Pyhan Nikolaoksen kirkko
Joensuu Church ©
Joensuu Church
Joensuun Taidemuseo Onni ©
Joensuun Taidemuseo Onni


Ilomantsi ©
Ilomantsi is municipality and a village of Finland.It is located in the province of Eastern Finland and is part of the North Karelia region. Ilomantsi is known for museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Mohko Ironworks and see the interesting displays at Parppeinvaaran Runokyla.

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Traveling by car from Joensuu to Ilomantsi takes an hour. In December, daily temperatures in Ilomantsi can reach -1°C, while at night they dip to -6°C. You'll set off for Koli on the 25th (Tue).

Things to do in Ilomantsi

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Mohko Ironworks ©
Mohko Ironworks


Koli ©
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ukko-Koli and Akka-Koli Hill. Get outdoors at Paha-Koli Hill and Era Eero. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Koli: Juuka (Tulikiven Kivikyla, Paalasmaan Surukivi, & more), Lieksa (Neitikoski Rapids, Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto, & more) and Nurmes Church (in Nurmes).

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Getting from Ilomantsi to Koli by car takes about 1.5 hours. In December in Koli, expect temperatures between -3°C during the day and -9°C at night. On the 6th (Sun), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Koli

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Koli National Park, Lieksa, Juuka, Nurmes Church
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Koli Shop Retkitupa ©
Koli Shop Retkitupa
Paha-Koli Hill ©
Paha-Koli Hill
Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto ©
Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto