North Karelia - the easternmost region of Europe
North Karelia is the easternmost region of the continental Europe that shares a 300 km frontier with Russia. North Karelia is an area where eastern and western cultures are mixed.
Hilly landscapes covered with forests, rivers and lakes are characteristic of North Karelia. Finland's best-known national landscape is Koli area. Koli national park with its forested hills is located in Lieksa by the Lake Pielinen. In North Karelia, the four seasons have a clear rhythm, and a snowy winter is guaranteed every year.
North Karelia is easy to reach. Daily buses, trains and airplanes enable you to travel through Finland if renting a car isn't an option. Daily flights from Helsinki to Joensuu, Kuopio and Kajaani makes it comfortable to travel even from far abroad.
How to get here
International flights arrive to Helsinki and there are good connections from Helsinki to Joensuu, Kuopio and Kajaani.
It´s possible to rent a car for example from the airport or online via the internet.
Flights from Helsinki to Joensuu, Kuopio and Kajaani. Estimated travel time 1 hour.
Trains from Helsinki to Joensuu and Kuopio. Estimated travel time 4,5 hours.
Bus connections from Helsinki to Joensuu. Estimated travel time 6-7 hours.
By car from Helsinki to Joensuu 440 km. Estimated travel time 6-7 hours.
By car from Helsinki to Kuopio 390 km. Estimated travel time 5-6 hours.
By car from Helsinki to Nurmes /Äksyt Ämmät 510 km. Estimated travel time 6-7 hours.
By bus www.matkahuolto.fi
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