Pielinen, Koli National Park

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Pielinen is the fourth largest lake of Finland, with a drainage basin area of 12823km2 that is equally distributed between eastern Finland and Russia. The creation of the lake and its outlet is attributed to a post-glacial isostatic rebound, which resulted in uplift of the land. As is common in Finnish lakes, the water color of the lake is dark on account of the high proportion of bogs present in the catchment of the drainage basin that drains humic substances.
Pielinen Lake is in the northernmost part of Karelia, which is the land of the Karelian peoples, a Northern European area of historical significance not only for Finland, but also for Russia and Sweden. Apart from the lake, several attractions on the shores of the lake are the Koli National Park known for its scenic beauty in summer and the winter sports of skiing, the whitewater rafting centre at Ruunaa Hiking Center, the active centres of Lieksa and Nurmes.
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  • We visited the higher and lower parts of the park, the peaks offer splendid views over the lake Pielinen and meanwhile offer you a challenging hike over the path which leads you from peak to peak...  more »
  • Stunning lake dotted with islands best viewed from the Koli viewpoint to get an idea of scale. A beautiful area  more »
  • Pielinen is over 90 km long and 30 km wide and over 60 meter deep at its best. It has almost 1500 islands. At the top of Koli you get a nice view over the lake. Rent a kajak, canoe or I thing that...  more »
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