29 days in North Karelia Itinerary

29 days in North Karelia Itinerary

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Joensuu ©
Joensuu is a city and municipality in North Karelia in the province of Eastern Finland. Step off the beaten path and head to Joensuu Church and Utra Beach. Get outdoors at Lykynlampi Outdoor Centre and Treetop Adventure Park. Get out of town with these interesting Joensuu side-trips: Tohmajarven kirkko (in Tohmajarvi), Kitee Zoo (in Kitee) and Old Mine Mining Museum (in Outokumpu). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Pyhan Nikolaoksen kirkko, don't miss a visit to Sculpture Susi Kosiomatkalla, see the interesting displays at Pohjois-Karjalan museo Hilma, and enjoy the sand and surf at Honkaniemi Beach.

For ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Joensuu day trip planning website.

Brussels, Belgium to Joensuu is an approximately 13.5-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 Brussels in December, expect Joensuu to be slightly colder, temps between -1°C and -6°C. You'll set off for Ilomantsi on the 17th (Mon).

Things to do in Joensuu

Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Tohmajarven kirkko, Kitee Zoo, Old Mine Mining Museum
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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. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mohko Ironworks Museum and Parppeinvaaran Runokyla.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Ilomantsi trip planning site.

Drive from Joensuu to Ilomantsi in an hour. Expect a daytime high around -1°C in December, and nighttime lows around -6°C. You will leave for Koli on the 25th (Tue).

Things to do in Ilomantsi

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Mohko Ironworks Museum ©
Mohko Ironworks Museum


Koli ©
Step out of the city life by going to Ukko-Koli and Paha-Koli Hill. Explore hidden gems such as Koli Nature Centre Ukko and Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto. Explore Koli's surroundings by going to Nurmes Church (in Nurmes), Lieksa ( Eräeero T:mi Eero Kortelainen, Neitikoski Rapids, &more) and Juuka (Tulikiven Kivikyla, Paalasmaan Surukivi, &more).

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Koli driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Ilomantsi to Koli takes 1.5 hours. December in Koli sees daily highs of -3°C and lows of -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, Juuka, Nurmes Church
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Koli Shop Retkitupa ©
Koli Shop Retkitupa
Paha-Koli Hill ©
Paha-Koli Hill
Akka-Koli Hill ©
Akka-Koli Hill