5 days in North Karelia Itinerary

5 days in North Karelia Itinerary

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5 days in North Karelia Itinerary

Start: Helsinki
Fly:  3​h 30​min
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
End: Helsinki


Joensuu ©
Joensuu is a city and municipality in North Karelia in the province of Eastern Finland. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Sculpture Susi Kosiomatkalla and then examine the collection at Old Mine Mining Museum. Keep things going the next day: get interesting insight from Treetop Adventure Park, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Joensuu Church, then enjoy the sand and surf at Utra Beach, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pyhan Nikolaoksen kirkko.

To see ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Joensuu tour itinerary app .

Helsinki to Joensuu is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive. When traveling from Helsinki in October, plan for slightly colder days in Joensuu, with highs around 6°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Koli.

Things to do in Joensuu

Outdoors Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Old Mine Mining Museum
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Joensuu Church ©
Joensuu Church
Pyhan Nikolaoksen kirkko ©
Pyhan Nikolaoksen kirkko
Old Mine Mining Museum ©
Old Mine Mining Museum


Koli ©
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Paha-Koli Hill and Koli Shop Retkitupa. Step out of Koli to go to Lieksa and see Neitikoski Rapids, which is approximately 54 minutes away.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Koli trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Joensuu to Koli takes an hour. In October in Koli, expect temperatures between 6°C during the day and 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Koli

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Koli National Park, Neitikoski Rapids
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Paha-Koli Hill ©
Paha-Koli Hill
Neitikoski Rapids ©
Neitikoski Rapids
Akka-Koli Hill ©
Akka-Koli Hill