The central location of Koli in the middle of North Karelia, with a short distance to everywhere in the province, gives you excellent opportunities to enjoy the services of the surroundings. The area coverable within an hour from Koli forms a nationally unique ensemble of services, offering a wide range of content for your holidays.
Nature Centre Ukko is there to serve visitors to the Koli National Park, drawing together the unique culture and nature of the national park. Ukko is an excellent starting point for an outing, providing you with guidance on hiking and tourism and a possibility to reserve rental cottages within the national park. There are also diverse exhibitions offering you information, arts, and experiences. In the auditorium you can enjoy magnificent multimedia presentations or arrange meetings. At the nature shop Vakka you can buy creations of local artisans and local organic produce or just stop for coffee.
The Koli-Vuonislahti ice road, connecting the 270-inhabitant village of
Koli with the 250-inhabitant village of Vuonislahti, is the longest
official inland-water ice road in Europe. In comparison with summertime,
the ice road shortens the distance between the two villages by over 50
kilometres. The significance of the ice road comes to the fore in
February and March, when the skiing holidays of Finnish schools multiply
the number of people residing in the area. At the maximum, the ice road
is used by as many as 500 vehicles a day. According to a thesis
prepared within the training programme for tourism at the North Karelia
Polytechnic, there are official ice roads in the Nordic and Baltic
countries. Out of the ice roads surveyed, the Koli-Vuonislahti one
turned out to be the longest official inland-water ice road. Its length
is 7 kilometres, about the same as the ice road from Oulu to Hailuoto
(10 km). The Koli-Vuonislahti ice road is usually opened around the
middle of January (it can be opened when the effective thickness of the
ice is 40 centimetres). At its latest, the ice road has been in use
until 21st April.
On the eastern shore of Lake Pielinen, the Vuoniskylät villages form a diverse ensemble of attractions and services: high-quality cottages, excursions to Lake Pielinen, and a hostelry with several decades of service traditions. The studio of the wood sculptress Eva Ryynänen at Paateri and the Pielinen Museum in Lieksa are sure to be pleasing destinations for enthusiasts of art, history, and culture.
The Rukajärvi Centre, at the Timitra Castle in Lieksa, acquaints you with Finnish war history. It is situated in the former barracks of the Lieksa border company (later, the Lieksa Border Guard Authority) of the Finnish Border Guards. The building, erected in the 1930s, is now called Timitran linna (Timitra Castle). The building also houses the Timitra Hostel, which offers accommodation, meal services, and diverse activities. You can combine a war history excursion, for example, to a canoeing trip on Lake Pielinen.
The Hyvärilä Holiday and Youth Centre offers programmes and things to do for the whole family – there is a beach, a hiking path, and several beach volleyball courts. On the multipurpose court you can play floorball, basketball, handball, etc. And you can rent a canoe, a rowing boat, Nordic walking poles, balls, and games. In winter you can rent snowshoes.
In July 2012, a sports hall was opened at Hyvärilä. With its full-length floorball court, courts for volleyball, basketball and handball, futsal and archery equipment, mirror walls, climbing walls and climbing areas, it provides diverse opportunities for different sports camps and programme services. Hyvärilä is situated in Nurmes, 83 kilometres from Koli.
The Valamo Monastery in Heinävesi, about 1,5 hours by car from Koli village, is centre of the Orthodox religious life and culture. Monastry is open to visitors around of the year.
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Places to visit
Koli national park