15 days in North Karelia Itinerary

15 days in North Karelia Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Toronto
Fly + Drive:  23 h 45 min
Koli National Park
— 7 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
— 5 nights
Fly:  23 h
End: Toronto

Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Koli Nature Centre Ukko and Nurmes Church. Take a break from the city and head to Ukko-Koli Hill and Paha-Koli Hill. Step out of Koli National Park with an excursion to Paalasmaan Surukivi in Juuka--about 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto, hike along Kasken Kierros Nature Trail, admire the sheer force of Tarhapuro Waterfall, and stroll through Akka-Koli Hill.

To see more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Koli National Park trip tool.

Toronto, Canada to Koli National Park is an approximately 24-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Toronto to Koli National Park. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Toronto in June, with highs in Koli National Park at 20°C and lows at 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can drive to Joensuu.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Koli, Paalasmaan Surukivi, Nurmes Church
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Ukko-Koli Hill ©
Ukko-Koli Hill
Paha-Koli Hill ©
Paha-Koli Hill
Akka-Koli Hill ©
Akka-Koli Hill


Joensuu ©
Joensuu is a city and municipality in North Karelia in the province of Eastern Finland. Visiting Utra Beach and Utransaari/ The Utra Island will get you outdoors. Old Mine Mining Museum and Joensuu Church are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Joensuu side-trips: Tohmajarven kirkko (in Tohmajarvi) and Ilomantsi (Mohko Ironworks Museum & Parppeinvaaran Runokyla). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Pyhan Nikolaoksen kirkko, browse the eclectic array of goods at Joensuun Tori (Joensuu Market), take in nature's colorful creations at Botania - Botanical Garden and Tropical Butterfly Garden, and make a trip to Sculpture Susi Kosiomatkalla.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Joensuu trip maker tool.

You can drive from Koli National Park to Joensuu in 1.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Joensuu

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Ilomantsi, Tohmajarven kirkko, Old Mine Mining Museum
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Old Mine Mining Museum ©
Old Mine Mining Museum
Mohko Ironworks Museum ©
Mohko Ironworks Museum
Tohmajarven kirkko ©
Tohmajarven kirkko