9 days in North Karelia Itinerary

9 days in North Karelia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Karelia planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Joensuu
— 3 nights
Drive
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Koli National Park
— 5 nights
Drive to Joensuu Airport, Fly to London

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Joensuu

— 3 nights
Joensuu is a city and municipality in North Karelia in the province of Eastern Finland. Joensuu is known for parks, shopping, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Botania - Botanical Garden and Tropical Butterfly Garden, browse the eclectic array of goods at Joensuun Tori (Joensuu Market), look for gifts at Kauppakeskus Iso Myy, and admire the masterpieces at Joensuun Taidemuseo Onni.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Joensuu trip builder.

London, UK to Joensuu is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Eastern European Standard Time is 2 hours. Traveling from London in January, things will get cooler in Joensuu: highs are around -8°C and lows about -14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can drive to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Joensuu

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 16:

Koli National Park

— 5 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.
Koli National Park is known for trails, nature, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: trek along Ukko-Koli Hill, examine the collection at Koli Nature Centre Ukko, get great views at Rylays Hill, and relax and rejuvenate at Koli Relax Spa.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Koli National Park day trip website.

Traveling by car from Joensuu to Koli National Park takes 1.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Koli National Park are -9°C, while nighttime lows are -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Trails

Side Trip

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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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