5 days in Joensuu & Saariselka Itinerary

5 days in Joensuu & Saariselka Itinerary

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5 days in Joensuu & Saariselka Itinerary

Start: Joensuu
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Joensuu
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h 45​min
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Saariselka
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Joensuu

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Joensuu

Joensuu ©
Joensuu is a city and municipality in North Karelia in the province of Eastern Finland. Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): stop by Kauppakeskus Iso Myy, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Pyhan Nikolaoksen kirkko, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of New Valamo Monastery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Pohjois-Karjalan museo Hilma, admire the masterpieces at Joensuun Taidemuseo Onni, then make a trip to Sculpture Susi Kosiomatkalla, then pause for some serene contemplation at Joensuu Church, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Botania - Botanical Garden and Tropical Butterfly Garden.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Joensuu sightseeing planner.

In January, plan for daily highs up to -8°C, and evening lows to -14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Joensuu

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

New Valamo Monastery
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Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): hit the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort. On the next day, enjoy some diversion at Action Park, examine the collection at Siida, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Saariselka online day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Joensuu to Saariselka takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Joensuu in January since evenings lows in Saariselka dip to -20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks

Side Trip

Inari
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Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©