30 days in North Karelia Itinerary

30 days in North Karelia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Karelia trip itinerary planner

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Fly to Joensuu Airport, Drive to Koli National Park
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Koli National Park
— 10 nights
Drive
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Nurmes
— 8 nights
Drive
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Joensuu
— 10 nights
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Koli National Park

— 10 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.
Spend the 10th (Fri) exploring nature at Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Ukko-Koli Hill, stroll through Paha-Koli Hill, make a trip to Paateri, and head outdoors with Neitikoski Rapids.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Koli National Park trip itinerary planner.

Vancouver, Canada to Koli National Park is an approximately 23.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 10 hour difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Vancouver in June: high temperatures in Koli National Park hover around 20°C and lows are around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Nurmes.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 2 — 12:

Nurmes

— 8 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 pause for some serene contemplation at Nurmes Church.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Nurmes road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Koli National Park to Nurmes takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in June, and nighttime lows around 11°C. On the 20th (Mon), you're off to Joensuu.

Things to do in Nurmes

Historic Sites · Spas
Find places to stay Jun 12 — 20:

Joensuu

— 10 nights
Joensuu is a city and municipality in North Karelia in the province of Eastern Finland. Explore Joensuu's surroundings by going to Ilomantsi (Parppeinvaaran Runokyla & Mohko Ironworks Museum), Kitee Zoo (in Kitee) and Old Mine Mining Museum (in Outokumpu). There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Botania - Botanical Garden and Tropical Butterfly Garden, stop by Kauppakeskus Iso Myy, kick back and relax at Utra Beach, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Pyhan Nikolaoksen kirkko.

To find reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Joensuu travel route builder.

Traveling by car from Nurmes to Joensuu takes 2 hours. In June in Joensuu, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 10°C at night. You'll set off for home on the 30th (Thu).

Things to do in Joensuu

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 20 — 30:

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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