Winter adventures in North Karelia

Winter adventures in North Karelia

Rantakatu 26, 80100 Joensuu

Min 2 persons
Max 14 persons

The winter landscape is like a postcard. Welcome to North Karelia to experience the best winter activities and have your best holiday ever, without hurry. This week offers you adventures and your own time to relax. 

Boutique Aparthotel Lietsu boasts friendly service and comfortable accommodation. Our excellent location in the centre of Joensuu, rooms decorated in traditional Karelian style with a modern twist and our delicious breakfast guarantee that your stay will be a memorable experience. Let the Lietsu story enchant you.

Groupsize: min 2 max 15


1. Day Welcome to Joensuu
Welcome to Lietsu Boutique Aparthotel.
Getting to know the city of Joensuu. 
Evening sauna

2. Day Husky Safari

  • Husky Safari Private tour. 
    The tour takes ca. 45 minutes, and total duraton of the program is 2 hours. On this tour adults will share a sled together 2 per sled. After the tour we will enjoy warm drinks and cookies in the kota around campfire.

Free time for your own program. 
Hotel sauna 
Overnight stay in Lietsu

3. Day Ice Fishing

  • Fishing with local guide. We walk on ice and you will learn a traditonal Finnish way to get fishes in a middle of winter.After the tour we will enjoy warm drinks and cookies in the kota around campfire.

Free time for your own program. 
Hotel sauna 
Overnight stay in Lietsu

4. Day Polar Night
Free time for your own program.

  • Polar Night – Adventure in dark Let´s pack our headlamps, snowshoes, gliding snowshoes and start our adventure in total dark nature. We offer you a trip to beau8ful Finnish nature without any light pollu8on and in total silence. Our group will see wild animal footprints, stars and if we are very lucky maybe even Aurora Borealis. AAer the tour we will enjoy warm drinks and cookies around campfire. 

Overnight stay in Lietsu

5. Day Snowshoes trip

  • Head out into the forest on sliding snowshoes! These user-friendly snowshoes combine the best features of snowshoes and forest skis. This leisurely trip is a great way to enjoy the peace of nature and take in the beautiful scenery. During the excursion, an instructor will introduce you to the technique and use of sliding snowshoes.

Free time for your own program. 
Hotel sauna
Overnight stay in Lietsu

6 Day Visit Koli

  • Visit Koli. Guided snowshoe tour to the wintry forest with snow-covered trees and to the highest scenic viewpoints in Koli National Park. The tour starts with a short introduction to snowshoeing technique – no previous experience is needed! On the tour your guide tells you about Koli, its history and culture and nature. You also have time to enjoy the nature, take photos and have fun with your snowshoes. On the tour you experience the magical winter forest, peaceful nature and fresh, pure air. During the tour we will enjoy hot juice from Kupilka cups. Welcome to discover Koli National Park on snowshoes! 
  • Visit Nature centre Ukko
  • Koli relax spa

Transportation to the Lietsu hotel
Overnight stay in Lietsu

7. Day Fatbike excursions

  • The surroundings of the Kontiolahti Biathlon Stadium in North Karelia, right in the beautiful waterfront landscape of Lake Höytiäinen, are an excellent place to head out on one of our popular fatbike excursions. The guided tour will take us along the popular Kontionpolut trails for a route suitable for your group. The speed and length of the excursion are tailored to suit the wishes of the group, which makes this tour perfect even for first-timers.
  • Outdoor swimming Saunakeidas - Sauna Oasis in ilosaari

Overnight stay in Lietsu

8. Day
Breakfasf. Time to hei, hei. Goodbye.

Price: From person, 7 nights, 8 days.Includes: accommodation in a double room, breakfast, hotel sauna, programs and transportation in the package.

Accommodation in Lietsu
Each of our rooms has a unique design and is equipped to a high standard. Room facilities: Fridge and cooktop, Dishwasher, Washing machine,Air conditioning /heating, Tv and Wi-fi, Shower

How to get here:
By train

An eco-friendly choice to travel to Joensuu is by train. We recommend taking the train also for the sake of beautiful sceneries – you will be traveling along lakes most of the time. The travel time from Helsinki to Joensuu by train is approximately 4,5 hours.

By car
Driving in Finland is easy and stress-free, there are no traffic jams and very little traffic in the rural areas. While moving by car you can stop by beautiful sceneries and visit interesting places along the way.

By plane
Finnair flies daily between Joensuu and Helsinki. You can continue your journey from airport for instance by bus, rental car or taxi.
Kuopio Airport is also a good option when you have a plan to come to North Karelia as the airport is only 1,5 hours drive away from Joensuu. There are three daily flights from Helsinki-Vantaa airport and back. From Kuopio to North Karelia the easiest way to reach the destination is to drive by own car or jump in a bus.

Additional services

  • The Karelian Pasty Workshop