17 days in North Karelia Itinerary

17 days in North Karelia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Karelia journey planner
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Make it your trip
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Joensuu
— 7 nights
Drive
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Koli National Park
— 9 nights
Drive to Joensuu Airport, Fly to Brussels

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Joensuu — 7 nights

Joensuu is a city and municipality in North Karelia in the province of Eastern Finland. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Joensuu: Old Mine Mining Museum (in Outokumpu) and Mohko Ironworks Museum (in Ilomantsi). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Sculpture Susi Kosiomatkalla, stroll through Utra Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Pyhan Nikolaoksen kirkko, and pause for some serene contemplation at Joensuu Church.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Joensuu vacation planning tool.

Brussels, Belgium to Joensuu is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Brussels to Joensuu. In August, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Koli National Park.
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Koli National Park — 9 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 sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Ukko-Koli Hill, contemplate the waterfront views at Pielinen, hike along Paha-Koli Hill, and enjoy breathtaking views from Rasavaara Observation tower.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Koli National Park trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Joensuu to Koli National Park takes 1.5 hours. August in Koli National Park sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can drive back home.
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North Karelia travel guide

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Hiking Trails · Landmarks · Gardens
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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