10 days in North Karelia & Rantasalmi Itinerary

10 days in North Karelia & Rantasalmi Itinerary

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10 days in North Karelia & Rantasalmi Itinerary

Start: Bern
Drive + Fly:  15​h
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Koli National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly + Drive:  15​h 30​min
End: Bern


Joensuu ©
Joensuu is a city and municipality in North Karelia in the province of Eastern Finland. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Joensuun Taidemuseo Onni, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Pyhan Nikolaoksen kirkko, then look for gifts at Kauppakeskus Iso Myy, and finally try out the rides at Treetop Adventure Park. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Sculpture Susi Kosiomatkalla, see the interesting displays at Pohjois-Karjalan museo Hilma, then don't miss a visit to Joensuu Church, then kick back and relax at Honkaniemi Beach, and finally admire the natural beauty at Botania - Botanical Garden and Tropical Butterfly Garden.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Joensuu tour itinerary maker .

Bern, Switzerland to Joensuu is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Eastern European Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Bern in April, things will get slightly colder in Joensuu: highs are around 6°C and lows about -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can drive to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Joensuu

Museums Outdoors Parks
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Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
Koli National Park is known for trails, nature, museums, wildlife, and winter sports. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: hike along Ukko-Koli Hill, hit the slopes at Ukko-Koli, stroll through Paha-Koli Hill, and see the interesting displays at Pielisen Museum.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Koli National Park day trip app .

Drive from Joensuu to Koli National Park in 1.5 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 6°C, and evening lows to -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel to Rantasalmi.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Koli Nature Centre Ukko
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Ukko-Koli Hill ©
Ukko-Koli Hill
Pielinen ©
Paha-Koli Hill ©
Paha-Koli Hill


Rantasalmi ©
Rantasalmi is a municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Eastern Finland and is part of the Southern Savonia region. Linnansaari National Park has been added to your itinerary. On the 19th (Fri), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Linnansaari National Park.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Rantasalmi planner .

Drive from Koli National Park to Rantasalmi in 3 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Rantasalmi can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Rantasalmi

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

St. George Church
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Linnansaari National Park ©
Linnansaari National Park