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 15 persons

The nature treasures of North Karelia

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

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 

3. Day.
Wildlife watching tour

  • The Uuronlampi observation lodges are situated in a beautiful spot by the lake. The opposite shore is a steeply rising wilderness. The lodges are secure wood log cabins where you sit on comfortable chairs or even take a little break and lie down in a bunk and have a little snack.
    - arrival at Wildlife Lodge of Keljanpuro Brook at 2 pm
    - welcoming coffee, Karelian pasty and sweet bun
    - introduction to the organizing company, info about predators and watching wildlife
    - driving to the watching place by car at 3 pm
    - wildlife watching, snack during evening and night, possibility to sleep
    - return to Keljanpuro Brook in the following morning around 8 am and breakfast
  • Returning to the the Hiking Guesthouse  

4. Day. 
Day to relax at the Hiking Guesthouse

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

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

Price: 700€/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 theGuesthouse.

- This tour can be tailored according to your wishes.
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Valid: 1.5.-31.10.2024

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