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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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  • Our accommodation was right next to the lake with wonderful views 23 hours a day. We loved walking along the shoreline, path or no path. The forest surrounds the lake and there are plenty of places to...  more »
  • Perfect place for ice fishing during the winter time. You can also gop skiing on the lake and a national road also passing through the ice when the winter is cold enough and the ice layer is thick. In...  more »
  • Lake Pielinen is one of the most beautiful lakes in Finland offering excellent recrecreational value for local people and tourists. Pielinen is the fourth largest lake of Finland and is located in the...  more »