8 days in Joensuu, Koli National Park & Nurmes Itinerary

8 days in Joensuu, Koli National Park & Nurmes Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Karelia trip planner

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Joensuu
— 5 nights
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Koli National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nurmes
— 1 day

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Joensuu

— 5 nights
Joensuu is a city and municipality in North Karelia in the province of Eastern Finland. Explore hidden gems such as Old Mine Mining Museum and Joensuu Church. Get a sense of the local culture at Pyhan Nikolaoksen kirkko and Joensuun Taidemuseo Onni. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Utra Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Honkaniemi Beach, delve into the lush surroundings at Kolvananuuro, and examine the collection at Pohjois-Karjalan museo Hilma.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Joensuu trip itinerary builder tool.

In December, daily temperatures in Joensuu can reach -1°C, while at night they dip to -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Joensuu

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Beaches

Side Trip

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Koli National Park

— 2 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.
On the 21st (Tue), examine the collection at Myllymuseo and then pause for some serene contemplation at Juuan ev.lut Kirkko. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic natural features at Uhrihalkeama and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Koli National Park trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Joensuu to Koli National Park takes 1.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Koli National Park can reach -3°C, while at night they dip to -9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Nurmes.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Nurmes

— 1 day
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. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): soothe aching muscles at Kylpyla Spa Bomba and then pause for some serene contemplation at Nurmes Church.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Nurmes tour planning site.

Traveling by car from Koli National Park to Nurmes takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around -3°C in December, and nighttime lows around -8°C.

Things to do in Nurmes

Historic Sites · Spas
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