34 days in North Karelia Itinerary

34 days in North Karelia Itinerary

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Drive to London Heathrow Airport, Fly to Kuopio Airport, Drive to Nurmes
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Nurmes
— 11 nights
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Koli National Park
— 12 nights
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Joensuu
— 10 nights
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Nurmes

— 11 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. Discover out-of-the-way places like Kylpyla Spa Bomba and Nurmes Church.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Nurmes travel itinerary planner.

London, UK to Nurmes is an approximately 13-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from London in March, things will get a bit cooler in Nurmes: highs are around 0°C and lows about -7°C. On the 22nd (Mon), you'll travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Nurmes

Spas · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Mar 11 — 22:

Koli National Park

— 12 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Paha-Koli Hill and Ukko-Koli. Get in touch with nature at Neitikoski Rapids and Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto. Venture out of the city with trips to Juuka (Paalasmaan Surukivi, Juuan ev.lut Kirkko, &more). The adventure continues: hike along Akka-Koli Hill, stroll through Herajarvi Hiking Trail, examine the collection at Koli Nature Centre Ukko, and admire the sheer force of Tarhapuro Waterfall.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Koli National Park holiday builder website.

You can drive from Nurmes to Koli National Park in 1.5 hours. In March in Koli National Park, expect temperatures between 0°C during the day and -8°C at night. You'll set off for Joensuu on the 3rd (Sat).

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 22 — Apr 3:

Joensuu

— 10 nights
Joensuu is a city and municipality in North Karelia in the province of Eastern Finland. Get outdoors at Utra Beach and Kolvananuuro. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Pyhan Nikolaoksen kirkko and Joensuu Church. Venture out of the city with trips to Tohmajarven kirkko (in Tohmajarvi), Old Mine Mining Museum (in Outokumpu) and Ilomantsi (Parppeinvaaran Runokyla & Mohko Ironworks Museum). There's lots more to do: get some jogging in at Lykynlampi Outdoor Centre, test your team's savvy at Escape Room Joensuu, kick back and relax at Honkaniemi Beach, and take a memorable tour with Arctic Trainers SUP-center.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Joensuu journey tool.

Drive from Koli National Park to Joensuu in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 6°C in April, and nighttime lows around -2°C. On the 13th (Tue), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Joensuu

Outdoors · Parks · Museums · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 3 — 13:

North Karelia travel guide

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Hiking Trails · Landmarks · Gardens
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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