North Karelia - Pohjois-Karjala
North Karelia is one of the most idyllic holiday destinations in Finland, with untouched green forests, lakes and unique nature. A holiday nearby the lakes of the region provides a great opportunity to enjoy nature's peace, swimming, fishing, hiking etc. In North Karelia the nature, rich culture and fascinating history blend into each other.
At the villages and towns of North Karelia you can enjoy a high quality traditional food and entertain yourself with versatile cultural sites. The Joensuu Regional Center and other popular holiday resorts, such as Kitee, Ilomantsi, Nurmes and Lieksa, welcome visitors to enjoy a number of outdoor experiences. Pielinen Beaches and Koli National Park offer great opportunities for hiking and active sports. In winter you can climb the top of Koli mountain and enjoy the speed of dog sledding. The region's snowmobile and skiing trails are great. Also, guests can spend the their time relaxing at the Koli Relax Spa or the Huhmar Water World Pools.
North Karelia, between east and west, is a part of a unique Karelian cultural heritage, rich in history and design. The province has idyllic small villages and wooded hiking grounds. There are numerous events, theater performances and concerts in North Karelia, which is called the Cultural District of Finland. The most famous of them are Ilosaarirock, Lieksan Vaskiviikot ja Rocumentti. The most important attractions are Outokumpu's old mine and the Bomba House, as well as the Karelian village. In the summer, you can experience Ruuna, enjoy the fish in Puruvesi, follow the North Karelian scenery, for example, from the horse's back. Ruuna is a real wilderness adventure, Koli National Park offers a great setting for outdoor activities and hiking.