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Etusivu / Activities / Winter activities / Easter in the Koli area

Spend a refreshing Easter holiday in the Koli area

Amongst the various winter activities available in the Koli area, you find plenty of ways of spending an Easter holiday. The Ukko-Koli ski centre, the Loma-Koli Safari House, the dozens of kilometres of cross-country ski trails, the Icelandic horse and husky rides, the snowshoeing trails, and Koli Relax Spa will guarantee you a varied Easter holiday. On this page you find information on the events, services, and activities available at Eastertime.

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The wide range of events and programme services in the Koli area offer you plenty of opportunities to have a good time together. For descriptions of the events, see Further information is available at the Koli Tourist Information, Ylä-Kolinte 2, Koli Village, tel. +358 45 138 7429,

Printable version: easter_events_activities_2018.pdf

Thu 29th March  
Holy Thursday mass at Koli Church, 7 pm
Sat 31st March   Easter Riot at Loma-Koli. Sledding competition at Koli Safari House, 12–13 pm. Price 2 €/person
Sat 31st March   

Tikkupulla-baking on an open fire at Koli Safari House lean-to. Price 3 €/person. 

Sat 31st March  Suomi Slalom competition on the Ukko-Koli slopes, 11.30–12.30 noon. Sign-ups at Restaurant Rinnetupa, valley station of the chair lift. The competition starts at 1 pm, and the prize-giving is immediately after the competition. 
Sat 31st March   
Full-moon skating/kick-sledding tour on the ice road in Vuonislahti, 6-10 pm. 
Sat 31st March and   
Sun 1st April
Vauhti-Werneri ski school for children on the Ukko-Koli slopes.
The ski school is intended for children who use skis, know how to use a T-bar lift, and can ski safely already. On this course you will learn to go down more demanding slopes, too. Price 80 euro/person, minimum group size 4 persons.
Sun 1st April 

Koli Open, a slalom competition with wooden poles on the Ukko-Koli slopes, 1 pm. Wooden-pole slalom is a playful competition for the whole family. Suomi Slalom coefficients are put to use in the competition to even out differences brought by age and experience. You can take part with retro gear or normal modern equipment. Participation is free of charge, and the best skiers in each division and the coolest retro outfits get prizes!

Sun 1st April Holy mass at Paateri Church, 1 pm.


Examples on Easter activities:


Fri March 30 and
Sat March 31


Restaurant Alamaja, Rantatie 12, 83960 Koli, tel. +358 400 857 557 or +358 409 308 911,,



Fri March 30
Sat March 31

Snowshoeing excursion to Rintasenvaara on Friday and Saturday at 3 pm to 4.30 pm in Loma-Koli. The top of the hill is lower than Ukko-Koli, but the views are equally grand and are well in sight because of the ski slope clearings. On this excursion you’ll see a piece of unknown Koli. You don’t need previous experience in snowshoeing, it’s enough that you are in normal walking condition. The guide will explain the techniques, and you polish them up as you go.
Koli Safari House, Häkinniementie 14, 83960 Koli.
Price 15 €/adult, child 10 €.
Koli Activ Oy,, tel. +358 400 857 557,,
Kolin Safaritalo, Häkinniementie 14, 83960 Koli,



Sat March 31

Dogsledge rides on Saturday 31st March from 11 am to 2 pm, at Safari House in Loma-Koli (Häkinniementie 14). The price, 25 €/adult and 10 €/child, includes getting acquainted with the sledge dogs and a short ride sitting in a dogsledge steered by the guide. Inquiries and bookings: KoliHusky, tel. +358 408 766 587,,



Sat March 31 and Sun April 1

Snowshoeing excursion in the National landscape on Ukko-Koli March 31 and April 1 at 10–11.30 am, to the enchanting wintry forest of the Koli national landscape and the oldest rock in Europe. On this excursion the guide will introduce the hikers to the technique of snowshoeing and tell stories about Koli on the way. The terrain on the fells is variable, but we will go slow, admiring the views. We meet at the Nature Centre Ukko.
Price child 10 € and adult 15 €.

Restaurant Alamaja, Rantatie 12, 83960 Koli, tel. +358 400 857 557 or +358 409 308 911,,



Sun April 1

Rainbow trout jigging excursion on Sunday, April 1 at 12 noon–14 pm
Come along to bluff the rainbow trout, to hoodwink the Water God himself. The price of the jigging excursion includes one whopper of a rainbow trout (if you manage to cheat the Water God). Fishing is suitable for the whole family.
The excursion takes 2 hours. Departure:  Kolin Safaritalo. price: 20 €/fisherman + rainbow trout 18 €/pc. Sign-ups by 3 pm on the day before., p. 040 085 7557, Koli Activ / Kolin Safaritalo Häkinniementie 14, 83960 Koli, and





Hot sauna and a refreshing dip in a swimming-hole for groups
Sauna for groups. The swimming-hole is illuminated. Heating the sauna starting from 20 € / hour / 2 persons (more persons +5 €/person). Bring your towel and swimsuit and, if desired, winter-swimming footwear, gloves, and headgear.
Inquiries: Koli Freetime Oy, Kopravaarantie 27, Ahmovaara, Juuka, tel. +358 103 223 040,,


Koli, Snowmobile safaris to order. Prices from 100 €/person, minimum group size 6 persons. Inquiries and reservations: Koli Safari House, Häkinniementie 14, 83960 Koli, tel. +358 400 857 557,, ja FB: Kolin Safaritalo ja Pizzeria Lomis, Instagram: koliactiv.


Visit to a reindeer farm in Haapalahti, Eno. Get acquainted with the reindeer on the farm. Price: 17 €/person. The price includes a basketful of lichen, which you can feed to the reindeer.  Advance reservation. Inquiries and reservations: Santa’s Reindeers, Haapalahdentie 171, Haapalahti, tel. +358 505 924 252,,



Cross-country treks and eventing on Icelandic horses daily from 10 am to 4 pm. Cross-country rides of different lengths on Icelandic horses (1-2 hours). Advance bookings by 6 pm the day before at the latest. No rides in temperatures below -18c. Further information and bookings: Matkailutila Paimentupa, Kotaniementie 1, Koli, tel. +358 136 72 175 or +358 400 802 709,,

Further information at Koli tourist information,
Koli village (Ylä-Kolinte 2), tel. +358 451 387 429, Open ma–to klo 10–17, pe ja la klo 10–15.


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At the Koli Nature Centre Ukko you can easily spend several hours taking in the various exhibitions and perhaps enjoying the offerings of the Café Vakka. The revised standing exhibition “Katse kansallismaisemaan” (‘A look at the National Landscape’) showcases the geology, nature, and history of the region. Through the visual presentations of the exhibition you can make an experiential and safe acquaintance with burn-clearing, the large carnivores, and natural phenomena characteristic of the Koli area.

Changing exhibitions:
to 2nd May 2018 Reino Turunen. Nature photographs. Mr Turunen has photographed the nature around Lake Pielinen in several decades. The hall on second floor. Admission free.
to 2nd May 2018 Marianne, Melitina and Nikolay Balabin. Three paths. Jewerly and paintings inspired by nature. The exhibition fee of the Nature Centre includes this exhibition 6 € / 3 € / 15 €.
The short film Mustarinta - Elokuva Kolista, shot in 2014, showcases the nature in the Koli National Park and the genesis of the National Landscape.
See the trailer of the film.

Koli Nature Centre Ukko, Ylä-Kolintie 39, tel. +358 206 395 654, Open every day 10 am to 5 pm.


It is possible to learn to know the fascinating art of the sculptor Eva Ryynänen also in the winter. Pay a visit also to the gallery café. Open April 1st,  11 am to 5 pm. Tickets: 6 € adult, 2,50 € child 7-12 years , 5 € pensioner, student , 15 € family ticket (2+2), 5 €/person groups ≥ 20 adults. Paateri 21, Vuonisjärvi, tel. +358 401 044 055.


Koli, Grill it

Grill it! is a restaurant at Break Sokos Hotel Koli. It is open daily  12 noon to 12 midnight (the kitchen 12 noon to 10 pm), offering Scandinavian and local delicacies from a genuine charcoal grill. We recommend a table reservation at Eastertime. Between 31st March and 2nd April 2018 we offer a Ski Master’s soup buffet from 12 noon till 3 pm.
Adult 15,50 € (with S-card 13,50 €), children 4–12-years. 9 € (with S-card 7 €).
Table and group reservations: Sales Service of Break Sokos Hotel Koli, tel. +358 201 234 662. Ylä-Kolintie 39, 83960 Koli. Grill it!


Café-restaurant at the Neste Kolinportti service station, Ahmovaara

The 250-seat café-restaurant at Kolinportti offers a daily buffet with two main courses and one beefsteak option plus an abundant salad bar and non-alcoholic drinks.  On the à la carte list you’ll find plenty of choices for appetites big and small.  We are fully licensed.
The kitchen serves from 11 am to 6.30 pm Mon-Thu and from 11 am to 7.30 pm Fri-Sun. The buffet is open from 11 am to 6 pm.

Café-restaurant at the Neste Kolinportti, Kolintie 10, 83950 Ahmovaara, p. 010 763 7661,

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Restaurant Alamaja

Restaurant Alamaja is open from 12 noon till 8 pm on 31st March and 1st April. From 12 noon till 4 pm, we offer a soup lunch and burgers.
Easter buffet from 6 pm to 8 pm, table reservations only: green salad, mint-dill pickles, mozzarella-tomato salad, wild mushroom salad, beetroots and Aura blue cheese, egg-Caesar salad, white and dark bread plus spreads. Overdone roast lamb and thyme sauce, oven-baked salmon in white wine, oven-baked root vegetables, roasted potatoes. Mämmi rye pudding & vanilla cream, rye-blueberry pasty & cardamom cream. Price: 34 €/person, children betw. 4 and 12: 1 €/year. Limited seating, reservation necessary.

Restaurant Alamaja, Rantatie 12, 83960 Koli, tel. +358 400 857 557,,

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Restaurant Lomis

Restaurant Lomis at Koli Safari House serves 30th March to 1st April 10 am to 7 pm and 2nd April 10 am to 3 pm. Pizza is served starting from 12 noon. Soup lunch every day from 11.30 am.
The café offers also doughnuts, buns, coffee, tea, hot chocolate.

Contact/further information:, tel. +358 400 857 557,, KoliActiv Oy/Ravintola Lomis, Häkinniementie 14, Koli.


Pub-restaurant Kolin Ryynänen

The small atmospheric chill-out place in the middle of Koli Village is a sight in itself. Open daily from March 30th to April 2nd – we offer also pizza. Check the opening hours in Facebook. Pub-restaurant Kolin Ryynänen, Ylä-Kolintie 1, 83960 Koli. Table reservations:
tel. +358 445 695 757,, Ryynänen.


Pizzeria-café Kahpitsa

Kahpitsa is a pizzeria-café at Break Sokos Hotel Koli, offering local delicacies to go with coffee and pizzas for bigger appetites. Open Monday to Sunday 12 noon to 10 pm. More information and group reservations: Sales service of Break Sokos Hotel Koli, tel. +358 201 234 662. Ylä-Kolintie 39, 83960 Koli,

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The Lapp hut at Kolin pesä

On 30th March at 6 pm, a Lapp hut supper is served at Kolin pesä. For starters, there’s sultsinat with egg-butter. For the main course, there’s blazed salmon, wild mushroom salad, rye bread, and potatoes roasted on open fire. For desert, there’s squeaky cheese with cloudberry jam. Drinks: water and juice.
Price: 50 €/person, children betw. 4 and 12: 2 €/year. Limited seating, advance reservation necessary.
Further information and reservations:
Koli Activ Oy, tel. +358 400 857 557,,


Koli Annila

At Annila you get traditional Karelian food at its most authentic. Treat yourself with a soup meal, Karelian hot pot, or sautéed elk. The sautéed elk is prepared out of elk that ran around in Koli and Ahmovaara, so it’s truly organic food! And be sure to taste genuine Karelian pasties: vatruska, keitinpiiras, sultsina, tsupukka. Easter menu on April 1 at 12 noon to 2 pm. Book your meals the day before at the latest. The ski trail from Koli Freetime to Ahmovaara bypasses the house at close range.
Koli Annila, Kopravaarantie 237, 83950 Ahmovaara, tel. +358 505 124 478,

Café Koli Freetime

The café is located in the end of the illuminated ski track in Kopravaara. Offering savory and sweet pastries and hot and cold drinks every day. The café is open the whole winter, every day from 10 am to 5 pm. The café is licensed to serve beer and the catering service is licensed to serve alcohol. There is a ski storage facility for the customers and ski wax can be purchased in the café.

Koli Freetime Oy, Kopravaarantie 27, 83950 Ahmovaara, tel. +358 103 223 040,,


Café Mandala/ Koli Oasis on Mattila farm

The café offers soup lunch, raw cakes, Finnish cinnamon rolls and warm drinks in Koli National park. Open: March 30 to April 1 from 11.30 am to 4 pm.

Kolin Keidas Ay, Ylä-Kolintie 12 B, 83960 Koli, tel. +358 408 650 466,,



Café-restaurant Rinnetupa offers hot drinks, soft drinks, savory and sweet pastries and a proper lunch. Open at Easter every day 10 am to 6 pm. Rinnetupa opening hours.
Ravintola Rinnetupa, Rantatie 27, 83960 Koli, tel. +358 107 623 633.


Guesthouse Herranniemi

Genuine country atmosphere on Lake Pielinen! Herranniemi is situated near the ice road in Vuonislahti. The on-order restaurant offers tasty country food and Karelian delicacies. For dining space, there is the Guesthouse’s atmospheric, fully licenced Kuusitupa with a big baking oven and 70 seats, and Tapiontupa for evening gatherings and meetings. We belong to the Karelia à la Carte network. Opening hours at Eastertime: café services Sat and Sun from 12 noon to 7 pm. Sun 1st April: Easter lunch buffet from 12 noon to 3 pm; table reservations are requested for the Easter lunch. Meals at other times are on advance order.
More information on Facebook: Kestikievari Herranniemi. Vuonislahdentie 185, 81590 Vuonislahti, tel. +358 400 482 949,,


Koli Relax Spa

Pampering and scenery spa Koli Relax Spa. Enhance your well-being according to your own wishes and feelings. Follow your Sauna Trail and enjoy the various pools and saunas along the way, or select one of our spa packages. The spa is located at Break Sokos Hotel Koli on Ukko-Koli.

Open: Daily 10 am to 8 pm. Under 18 years entrance to the spa only with adult, after 6 pm only for adults 18 years.

Prices: 39 €/person, (with S-Card) 36 €/person. Family ticket 80 €, (with S-Card daily from 10 am to 4 pm 74 €/family). Family ticket is for 2 adults and 2 children (4–12 years) or 1 adult and 3 children (4–12 years). 

Koli Relax Spa/Break Sokos Hotel Koli, Ylä-Kolintie 39, 83960 Koli,, tel. +358 201 234 662,



KoliFit Tarja Saarelainen

Tarja Saarelainen of KoliFit, a trained masseuse and Pilates instructor operating at Koli, offers a variety of massage services in the middle of Koli Village. The massage services at KoliFit (in the Sale Koli building) are by appointment.
KoliFit Tarja Saarelainen, Kolintie 94, Koli (Sale Koli building), tel. +358 503 419 001,,


Edea Koli – High-class skin care and relaxing spa experiences

Edea Koli is a beauty parlour specialising in spa treatments and operating on the premises of the Break Sokos Hotel Koli. The pure beautiful nature of Koli has inspired us to develop experiental treatments that relax and refresh the whole body.

At Eastertime, we serve you as follows: Fri 30th March closed, Sat 31st March 12 noon – 8 pm, Sun 1st April 10 am – 8 pm, Mon 2nd April closed.
Tel. +358 50 361 1991 | |

Loma-Koli Sport gym, indoor-game reservations, tour skates and kick sleds

From 30th March to 2nd April 2018, the gym is open daily from 11 am to 6 pm. Price: 9 €/single visit, 50 €/week of unlimited use, 300 €/individual season pass for 6 months. For rent tour skates 10 €/h, 20 €/3 h, 40 €/day and kick sleds 10 €/h, 20 €/2 h, 30 €/day. At the multipurpose sports hall you can also reserve a private sauna for 4–6 persons at 100 €/single 2-hour visit; towels are included. There are also two badminton courts available. For available times, inquire at Loma-Kolin Portti. For both courts, the price is 20 €/hour.

Loma-Kolin Portti, Hiekkaniementie 2, p. 050 555 4633,, ja


Koli Shop Retkitupa

The offerings include souvenirs, skiing gloves, socks, a wide selection of “pipo” stocking caps, Koli textiles, postcards, maps and quality hiking equipment. Faber snowshoes. Rental lockers, dressing rooms and showers for hikers. For rent Faber snowshoes, hammocks etc. Winter gear and equpment on sale! Open: March 30 to April 2, at 10 am to 5 pm and April 2, 10 am to 3 pm.   

Koli Shop Retkitupa, Ilovoltti Oy, Ylä-Kolintie 39, Koli, p. 040 023 1332,,,


The nature shop and café Vakka

The nature shop and café Vakka operates on the premises of Koli Nature Centre Ukko, offering products with the National Park logo, handicrafts, ceramics, soft toys, textiles, and books. Open: every day from 15 February to 3 April from 10 am to 5 pm.

The nature shop and café Vakka, Ylä-Kolintie 39, 83960 Koli, p. 020 639 5654,


Spa Shop by Sokos Hotels

At the reception of Break Sokos Hotel Koli, the Spa Shop offers  Koli-labelled Reino footwear, local delicacies, Lumene pampering products, maps, postcards, and more.  Opening hours follow those of the hotel reception.

Break Sokos Hotel Koli/Spa Shop by Sokos Hotels, Ylä-Kolintie 39, tel. +358 201 234 662, 

The Gallery of Koli Cornerstone

At the Koli tourist information sales exhibition of arts and crafts. At the exhibition for example nature photographs of Matti Pihlatie, local handicrafts, lace ceramics, parchment and silver juwelry by Apan Koru. The versatile assortment is completed by Karelian pastries from Farm tourism Jänisvaara on order, also gluten or dairy free.

Kolin matkailuneuvonta ja galleria, Ylä-Kolintie 2, Koli, tel. +358 451 387 429, Opening hours follow those of Koli tourist information. 

Souvenir and gift Shop at the Neste Kolinportti service station

Here you find a wide assortment of great products for presents or souvenirs. In our assortment we also have individual interior design products. You will find the following trade marks: Arabia-Iittala, Opamuurikka, Muurla glasware, Puttipaja, bee products Mellis, Forsman Tea, Riipisen Riistaherkut and Puron Marjat. In addition there are Norwegian sweaters, postcards (for example from Koli) and handicrafts.

Open: Mon to Fri 10 am to 7 pm, Sat 10 am to 6 pm and Sun 10 am to 7 pm.

Kolinportin Asema Oy, Souverir and gift shop, Kolintie 10, Ahmovaara, tel. +358 103 224 722,


Kilkan Kukon myyntipiste Kolinportilla

The Kilkan Kukko sales office offers handmade home bakery products, including pullas, cakes, Karelian pasties, and various kukkos, i.e., rye loaves with fillings such as vendace, perch, salmon, rutabaga, meat/potato, or meat. Their rye bread and kukkos come from the Kilkan Kukko bakery, other products from skilful nearby bakers.

Kolinportin Asema Oy, Souvenir and gift shop, Kolintie 10, Ahmovaara, tel. +358 103 224 722, Facebook: Kilkan Kukko.


Bakery products from the Jänisvaara Tourist Farm

At the Jänisvaara Tourist Farm you can order bakery products – all baked on the farm, from beginning to end. Karelian pasties, also vegan and gluten-free, 0.90 €/piece, buttered pullas 1 €/piece, plaited pulla loaves 5 €/piece, curd cheese rolls, mushroom & onion rolls, also vegan, seed rolls, also vegan, 0.50 €/piece, filled swiss rolls 15 €/piece, laskiaispullas 1.50 €/piece, also vegan, Runeberg’s tarts 1.50 €/piece, also vegan. Please make your orders to the matron of the house the day before or in the morning. The orders are to be picked up at the Jänisvaara Tourist Farm, Jänisvaarantie 4, 83960 Koli, tel. +358 50 505 3127 or


Koli Sale

Consumer goods, pharmacy services, postal services, fishing licences, and fuel station services.

Opening hours of Easter week:
Mon–Thu at 9 am to 8 pm, Fri March 30 at 9 am to 7 pm, Sat March 31 at 9 am to 7 pm, Sun April 1 at 11 am to 6 pm and Mon April 2 at 11 am to 6 pm.

Sale Koli, Kolin kylällä, Kolintie 94, Koli, tel. +358 107 623 300.


There is a wide range of accommodation services in the Koli area: cottages, hundreds of them, hotels, hostels, tourist farms, youth hostels, and rooms. For further information, see There are still vacancies for the Easter. If you cannot find suitable accommodation, contact Koli Tourist Information at tel. +358 451 387 429,