What to do and see in North Karelia, Finland: The Best Places and Tips

December 21, 2017 Milan Banda

North Karelia (Finnish: Pohjois-Karjala; Swedish: Norra Karelen) is a region in eastern Finland. It borders the regions of Kainuu, Northern Savonia, Southern Savonia and South Karelia, as well as Russia.
Restaurants in North Karelia

1. Ukko-Koli Hill

Koli National Park, Finland +358 20 6395654
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5 based on 62 reviews

Ukko-Koli Hill

Reviewed By kirsihaa - Brussels, Belgium

This place provides possibly the best views of the Pielinen lake area. It is easy to access and suitable for anyone at any ages. Don't forget your camera. It is not only the majestic views but also the trees and vegetation which provides great photo opportunities. There is an easy route which takes you for a tour of three hills. Very interesting history also since the place has inspired Finnish artists already hundred years ago. Definitely worth to visit and explore.

2. Botania - Botanical Garden and Tropical Butterfly Garden

Heinaepurontie 70, Joensuu 80110, Finland +358 50 5629482
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4.5 based on 53 reviews

Botania - Botanical Garden and Tropical Butterfly Garden

Botania is a botanical garden and a tropical butterfly garden, offering excursions into the world of plants. No need to fly to the tropics, tropical plants and temperatures are to be found in Botania. In the tropical section, you will be greeted by residents of the tropics: for example the sulfur-crested cockatoo Juuso and the Amazon parrots Lasse and Ilmari. Depending on the time of year tens of different species of tropical butterflies can be found soaring freely around one of the greenhouses of Botania. The butterflies can be seen in four different stages of development. Botania also has changing Exhibitions on different themes, plus a year round exhibition of butterfly and insect collections. We offer guided tours by reservation. The outdoor garden is open during opening hours and entrance is free of charge. You can picnic under the trees.

Reviewed By fab49er - Milan, Italy

Botania is a suprise. You can "travel" through different climate areas moving from one room to another. The different temperatures of the rooms allow you to perceive your movement in a different climate. The room with the free flying butterflies is unique (but some little boy/girls could be a bit scared of it).
Botania is self-managed with people working in a voluntary way because the maintenance expences are high. There are room and materials for kids and classrooms. A little bar with candies and gadgets for helping the survival of this very good initiative.

Koskikatu 5, Joensuu 80100, Finland +358 40 0239549
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4.5 based on 42 reviews

Carelicum

Reviewed By mmikko - Joensuu, Finland

The museum is located near Joensuu Market Square. There are carelia exhibition is in second floor and it is permanent exhibition, history from stoneage to modern day. Miniature model of Sortavala city is good to see. In downstairs you`ll find rotatin Exhibitions and "childrens street"

4. Sculpture Susi Kosiomatkalla

Kauppakatu 23, Joensuu 80100, Finland
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4.5 based on 55 reviews

Sculpture Susi Kosiomatkalla

Reviewed By KLsWanderlust - Houston, Texas

We came to Joensuu looking for the Carelicum and decided to have a wander around the open air market that was in full swing nearby. I did a double-take when I saw this fine character keeping company with some locals taking a break. We were quite amused at it's low-key location and cheeky attitude even though we had no idea of it's story or importance.

5. Lake Pielinen

Koli National Park, Finland
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4.5 based on 25 reviews

Lake Pielinen

Reviewed By OPP_lahti - Lahti, Finland

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 North Karelia region. The whole area is extremely beautiful and worth of visiting.

6. Paateri

Paateri atelier of Eva Ryynanen, Lieksa, Koli National Park 81560, Finland +358 40 1044055
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4.5 based on 20 reviews

Paateri

Reviewed By galiavu - Tel Aviv

We knew nothing of this place and of the great artist who inhabited it, Eva Ryynanen, until our B&B owner recommended it heartily. And indeed, practically in the middle of nowhere, sits this humble abode which discloses nothing of its precious content to the hurrying eye –but then, the workshop… and the church… Oh, do go there, and do spend more than the 40 minutes we had to spend. It is truly worthwhile.

7. Pielisen Museum

Pappilantie 2, Lieksa, Koli National Park 81720, Finland +358 40 1044151
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Pielisen Museum

Reviewed By Laura P

Been going here since i was a child, it havent changed a much. I love to go there with my grandma, who lived on those times so she could actually tell me why and whats for everything was or was done. Theres a lot to look at, lots of old items.

8. Koli Nature Centre Ukko

Ylae-Kolintie 39 | Koli National Park, Koli 83960, Finland +358 20 6395654
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Koli Nature Centre Ukko

The Koli Nature Centre Ukko offers Finland's best known national landscape, the hills of Eastern Finland and heritage sites. The Koli Heritage Exhibition displays Koli's geological features, natural environment and culture in a variety of ways and provides advice and tips for hiking in the Koli National Park. The Nature Centre is only a few hundred metres from the Ukko-Koli lookout point.

Reviewed By Anni K

Interesting permanent exibition that tells about the nature and history of Koli. They also have art exibitions, a souvenir shop and a small cafeteria. Customer service officers gives you all the information you may need when visiting Koli. They also have free WiFi for guests to use.

9. Joensuun Taidemuseo Onni

Kirkkokatu 23, Joensuu 80100, Finland +358 13 2675388
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Joensuun Taidemuseo Onni

Reviewed By mmikko - Joensuu, Finland

Museum is easy to find, locates in Joensuu city center. Staff weas welcoming and friendly. This summer main exhibition was Eero and Riitta Nelimarkkas art - well worth to see. You also find Veikko Kasurinen art collection - first time public - collection was donated to museum 2013, but Kasurinens death postponned exhibition to 2015. Tickets 3-7€, mondays closed.

10. Old Mine Mining Museum

Miner's Path 2, Outokumpu 83500, Finland +358 44 7559222
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Old Mine Mining Museum

Reviewed By mmikko - Joensuu, Finland

The museum is located in the city center of Outokumpu, about 45km from Joensuu. It is well marked, so it is easy to find. Open 10-18 at summer time, prices are: family 45€ (2adults and 2children), Adults 14€ and children (2-12 years old) 12,50€ (july 2016), the ticket is for the whole area. Mine train is 2€/person, track is about one km long, three times a day, but not on rainy days. There is a mining museum, a museum tunnel, where you can see history of maining at authentique surroundings - tunnel is about 200m long, and temperatue is quite low, so take your jacket with you. Guided tours are twice a day (11 and 15) and takes about 1,5h. In the mining area there are lot of buildings, like a mining tower, a powerhouse etc which you can visit. If you climb to the tower scenery is very nice. There is also "a childrens mine" - a themepark for children.

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