Self-Drive tour to the pure nature in North Karelia

Self-Drive tour to the pure nature in North Karelia

Salmenkyläntie 81, 75500 Nurmes

Min 1 persons
Max 5 persons

The nature treasures of North Karelia

1. Day.
Arrival to the Guesthouse. Dinner and getting to know the program. Sauna.
Guesthouse Pihlajapuu

2. Day.
National Park Koli. Explore the Hills of Koli. 

  • The view opening up from Ukko-Koli Hill to Lake Pielinen is one of the most famous national landscapes in Finland.  When you take in the marvellous view over Lake Pielinen from the top of Ukko-Koli hill, it's easy to see why this spot has attracted so many Finnish artists, photographers and nature-lovers over the centuries. The splendid scenery always instills a sense of serenity and wonder in visitors. Koli's hills and lakes provide fine settings for enjoyable outings and activities at any time of year. 

    There are about 80 km of marked trails in the Koli National Park, the length of which vary from one and a half to 61 kilometres. As some of the trails are demanding and others are less so, you can choose the trail according to your level of physical fitness and the time you have available. The guides at Koli Nature Centre Ukko are more than happy to help you in planning your hike. Even so, it is advisable to take along the Koli outdoor and service map.  Nationalpark Koli
  • Dinner and Sauna at the Hiking Guesthouse Pihlajapuu.

3. Day.
Wildlife watching tour 

Spend a safe and exciting night in the company of forest wildlife at Otso Cabin, which is located in the vicinity of the Kuhmo border. In addition to bears, you can see the sea also another animals.. Bears and other animals of the wilderness can be viewed from May till the end of August. 

We will start for the cabin at about 5 p.m., and return at  01 or 06.
Inc.: Initial guidance, export and import to the cottage.
Lunch; bread, sweet coffee bread, drink: water, juice, coffee, tea.  
-  Remember that bears are wild animals and they move with free will and to their own schedule.  The  probability to see a bear is 90-99 % , depending on the month. 

  • Returning to the the Hiking Guesthouse Pihlajapuu. 

4. Day. 
Day to relax at the Hiking Guesthouse Pihlajapuu.

  • ​Lunch
  • Visit to the city of Nurmes and visit to the Karelian village. Shopping.
  • Dinner and Sauna at the Hiking Guesthouse Pihlajapuu.

5. Day.
Breakfast. Time to say Hei, hei.          

Price: 495€/person /4 nights, 5 days

The price includes

  • accommodation in double rooms and full board at the Hiking Guesthouse Pihlajapuu, (breakfast, lunch, coffee / tea, dinner, a sauna bath, a packed lunch for excursions)
  • Wildlife watching tour.
  • An extra day including accommodation and breakfast is available at the price of 50€/person. 
  • Extra fee: Transfers organized by the Hiking Guesthouse Pihlajapuu

- This tour can be tailored according to your wishes.
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Valid: May-October

You can arrive by public transportation to 
Joensuu  / Airplane, train and bus  > Nurmes
Kuopio  / Airplane, bus  > Nurmes
Kajaani / Airplane, bus  > Nurmes

Car rental: Avis, Hertz