Discover Koli National Park
Day hike in Koli national park
Enjoy the tranquility
Enjoy your stay at a summer house
Make your own picnic by a lake
Refresh yourself after an active day in a lake.
Relax in Koli national park.
Welcome to Lakeland
North Karelia is the easternmost municipality of Finland and is situated directly on the border to Russia. The sparsely populated area is best known for the Koli National Park with its impressive view of Lake Pielinen and the Ilosaarirock Festival in Joensuu. The varied, original landscape and absolute tranquility in the wilderness are especially popular with nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts.
Discover the region
The capital Joensuu
Joensuu is the capital of North Karelia and is located at the Lake Pyhäselkä and the river Pielisjoki, which flows into the lake here. A stroll through the green areas along the river is a must. In summer, many music fans come to Ilosaarirock, the famous festival of regional and international artists. A visit to Taitokortteli, the city's arts and crafts center, is a special experience. Here you are sure to find a nice souvenir for yourself to remember your stay in North Karelia. If the weather is bad, you can visit the North Karelia Museum or the botanical garden – depending on your taste.
Photo: Harri Tarvainen, Visit Karelia
The Koli National Park
Outdoor activities in North Karelia
Experience culture in Ilomantsi
Ilomantsi is the easternmost municipality in Finland. Here the Karelian culture is still alive. In the rune village Parppeinvaara you can learn a lot about the rune singers and listen to the Kantele-sound. The war time is also present in Ilomantsi: the hut of the border general can be visited. The Orthodox Church of Elijah with its domes and the Protestant Church with its freestanding tower in the centre of Ilomantsi are also worth a visit.
During a wine tasting on the wine tower you can enjoy a fantastic view over the spectacular nature of the surroundings. At Ilomantsi you can also visit the former ironworks Möhkö. In almost untouched wilderness at the wild rapids of the Koitajoki river lived about 2000 people who worked in the ironworks. Today there is a museum with a beautiful park, a café-restaurant and also the Petkeljärvi National Park is not far away.