North Karelia is in the Finnish Lakeland.
There are two long distance railroads terminating in Joensuu; one from Helsinki to Lappeenranta and along the border up to Joensuu and another going horizontally through the country. If you are going to Lieksa or Nurmes you can continue by local train from Joensuu. There are also bus connections to cities and towns from other parts of Eastern Finland, most notably from Kuopio and Lappeenranta, as well as buses connecting Helsinki with Joensuu. Long distance transport information can be found from VR and Matkahuolto websites and Google Maps. North Karelia is surprisingly far away from southern Finland, and a drive from Helsinki will take about six hours - almost as long as up to Oulu.
Trains of national operator VR are possible to use for travelling inside province.
Onnibus offers discount bus service by few routes.
Google Maps includes timetables of trains, long distance buses and local transport of many cities and towns. Other useful route planners are Matka.fi for trains and local buses and Matkahuolto Reittiopas for regional buses.
- Smartphone apps: Valopilkku, 02 Taksi, Menevä, Cabo
- Taksi Itä-Suomi offers taxi service in whole province
- The Koli National Park lies in the municipalities of Eno, Lieksa and Kontiolahti in North Karelia, on the western shore of Lake Pielinen and covers 3000 hectares. Established in 1991, the uncommonly beautiful national park and diversifield winter tourist centre is administered by the Finnish Forest Research Institute (Metla).
- Visit the WW2 bunker museum near Joensuu.
- Explore traditional Karelian culture in Joensuu, Lieksa and Nurmes.
- Visit the mine museum in Outokumpu.
- Cross Lake Pielinen onboard a ship.
- Sample traditional food such as karjalanpiirakka (Karelian pie) and karjalanpaisti (Karelian stew)