The landscape is simply magical when seen from the hilltops or the shores of Lake Pielinen. Koli National Park and the local wilderness offer spectacular vistas on many levels – rolling hills, islands and beaches, meadows, and caves.
Lake Pielinen and other waterways are perfect for boating trips, fishing, and relaxing on the beach. The surges of Ruunaa Rapids are especially inviting to those in search of faster-paced thrills. Koli is a great find for all nature enthusiasts. The annual Koli Outdoor Activity Week, held in July, is deservedly popular.
Like nature itself, Koli’s programme selection is at its best in summer. Koli, Vuonislahti, the Finnish Stone Centre, Lieksa, and surrounding areas offer a wide range of summertime cultural events. The national landscape provides an excellent setting for all kinds of activities including darts, boating, canoeing, fishing, hiking, cycling, and horseback riding.
There are sheep and beautiful Eastern Finncattle grazing in the pastures of the national park. In summer 2010, a beauty contest for Eastern and Northern Finncattle was organized in Koli! Shepherding weeks, during which the visiting shepherd will help tend the sheep in the national park, can be booked through Metsähallitus and have become very popular.