Eastern Finland is a diverse travel destination full of adventures. At the market of Kuopio, the center of the world, you must try the local dish, Kalakukko, which is a savored pie filled with fish. In the east, there are amazing sandy beaches at the lake and memorable landscapes. Koli offers amazing national sceneries and the wilderness areas of Kainuu hidespots brings you to the world of bears, wolfes and wolverines. Hikes and canoe trips are suggested in the astonishing views of eastern Finland.
Destinations: Eastern Finland
Known for its thousands of lakes, joyful activities, beautiful nature, vibrant events, rich culture and friendly hospitality. Like most Finnish provincial cities, Kuopio comes into its own in the summer when it plays host to a major dance festival, as well as a lively wine festival. The city’s essence, however, comes from its lakeside location on the shores of Kallavesi and its role as a harbour for lake traffic.
Vuokatti invites you to far-reaching landscapes of blue lakes, thick green forests, and hills. Situated in between Lapland and Lakeland district, in the middle of Finland, you will enjoy the rugged beauty of nature, the abundant offerings of the forests and peace of mind. Vuokatti charms with its year-round active lifestyle and offers a vast array of activities from husky safaris to golf and from canoeing to fat biking.
Hossa National Park
Joensuu, the second largest city (population 115000) in Eastern Finland and the capital of North Karelia is located at the outfall of the river Pielisjoki in the Saimaa lake system. The city center is on the right bank of the river around the main square, where the town hall, museum, hotels and restaurants, shops. Joensuu has a square town plan. From the main square of the bridge leading across the island Ilosaari to the train station.
Welcome to Juuka to check the local places, spiced with North Karelian hospitality - they have a handful of skills in ceramics, stone sculptures and gardening, night cultures, local cultural histories, new business centers and other national countries.
The capital of Kainuu, Kajaani, is located in the middle of Finland, surrounded by transport connections, magnificent, forested hill landscapes and waterways. Kajaani offers a wide range of things to see and do with family, nature, and cultural tourism. Come and experience, grab the best pieces of Kajaani!
Kitee is the centre of Central Karelia in which a pleasant small town atmosphere exists side-by-side with an active countryside. In Kitee the peaceful Finnish way of life is combined with modern services and beautiful natural surroundings.
Magnificent nature with beautiful eskers and crystal-clear lakes enchant every visitor. In Kitee you can breath!
Koli has many faces. To many, Koli is Finland’s most beautiful natural attraction. Koli National Park and the surroundings provide a unique combination of internationally recognized natural and cultural attractions together with a broad range of quality tourist services in all seasons. Welcome to experience the nature, landscapes and services in Koli!
Koli National Park
Lieksa is full of nature and culture. The high hills of Koli, sparkling lake surface of Pielinen, the flow of the Ruunaa Rapids – the fascinating nature scene of this tourism-focused town calls to you!
Lieksa is the perfect destination for adventurous nature lover!
Experience three national parks and hilly landscapes on the shore of the fourth biggest lake in Finland, Pielinen. Get to know Karelian culture by exloring Bomba Karelian village and its surroundings. Walk through unique Vanha Kauppala and Puu-Nurmes (wooden house area) and see the lake view from the hill. Go visit Murtovaaran talomuseo (Murtovaara house museum) and learn more about local history.
Suomussalmi invites you to be enchanted by the splendour and beauty of our numerous lakes, forests and eskers. Here you can relish the peace and quiet of nature, embracing the sound of silence, while at the same time being acutely aware of the strange and different noises emanating from nearby forest animals. Let the warmth of the majestic Nordic taiga, coniferous forest zone embrace you. Finland’s newest national park Hossa offers more than 60 km of easily maneuverable, enjoyable waterways for paddlers to traverse.
Ilomantsi is a convenient travel destination, offering spectacular natural scenery for those who enjoy outdoor recreation, numerous sights and events for those interested in culture, and great traditional cuisine for food lovers. One of the most famous foods from local cuisine is Karelian pie - Karjalanpiirakka - oval shaped open pastry filled with rice with a thin crust.
Ilomantsi is true Karelia, where cultural heritage meets the pure and beautiful finnish nature. Ilomantsi warmly welcomes every visitor!
Heinävesi is a municipality in Eastern Finland known for its focus on tourism and beautiful nature. In Heinävesi you may find the only Orthodox monasteries in all of Fennoscandia & the Nordic countries – the Valamo monastery and the Lintula convent.
5 - 10 days
Experience the Finnish National landscape in the heart of Koli National park, capital of North Karelia, Joensuu and nature of Nurmes and Karelian Holiday Resort Bomba. Driving in Finland is easy and stress-free, there are no traffic jams and very little traffic in rural areas. Stop by little villages, find a public beach on a lake and go for a swim. The national parks are easiest to reach with your own car.