Koli Shop Retkitupa, situated at one end of the Break Sokos Hotel Koli, is a joint enterprise of two women who go in for hiking and appreciate nature. The shop offers quality souvenirs and hiking gear. Its product range includes Finnish and North Karelian products, such as attractive picture postcards, stocking caps for winter and summer use, T-shirts, fleece products, sheath knives, Kupilka dishes, “Ole hyvä” organic detergents, local handicrafts, dried berry powders, and delicious smoked vendace and perch. In addition, the assortment includes durable and functional hiking gear, such as Faber snowshoes, Deuter backpacks, and Ticket to the Moon hammocks. There are also two dressing rooms on the premises, with chargeable lockers and showers at tourists’ disposal. Contact information:
Ilovoltti Oy Ltd, tel. +358 40 023 1332, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.facebook.com/kolishopretkitupa
The Spa Shop adjacent to the reception of the Break Sokos Hotel Koli offers Reino shoes specially branded for Koli, local delicacies, Lumene pampering products, maps and post cards, and more. The opening times are the same as those of the hotel reception.
Break Sokos Hotel Koli / Spa Shop by Sokos Hotels, tel. +358 20 123 4662, email@example.com
Handicrafts and organic foodstuffs, café. Free internet access in the lobby.
Ylä-Kolintie 39, 83960 Koli, tel. +358 20 564 5654, www.luontoon.fi/ukko, firstname.lastname@example.org
Arts & crafts sales exhibition in Koli Tourist Information. Arts of Chrys Allen, Leena Tanskanen and Leena Jarva, pictures of nature photographer Matti Pihlatie, local handicraft, lace ceramics, jewels of parchment and silver by Apan Koru. The wide supply includes even handmade Karelian pastries that are delivered on order also gluten free.
Artist and father Jukka Parviainen was born in Lieksa in 1958. Nowadays he lives in Jakokoski, where he has an atelier which is surrounded by nature. He studied arts in Turku. Parviainen has had both private and joint exhibitions around Finland, at more than 40 places.
Jukka Parviainen is best known of his beautiful sceneries of North Karelia: the lakeshore landscapes of the lakes Pielinen and Höytiäinen as well as of the wintry forests with trees covered by packed snow.
This is a ceramics sales exhibition about 40 kms from Koli on the road
to Juuka. Sinikka Häyrinen’s individually crafted lamps, lanterns,
miniature fountains and other ceramic art products. Opens to the ring of
the doorbell or by phoning in advance. For map, pictures, further
Sinikan savikamari. Paalasmaantie 120, 83900 Juuka, tel. +358 40 507 9732, email: email@example.com.
The 128-page Koli Guide (‘Koli-opas’), which came out in May 2006, is a convenient-sized booklet that introduces Koli and its environs to you. It is an outstanding handbook and guidebook on the Koli area by the authors of the guidebook Outdoor Karelia Finland. The Koli Guide includes the maps, altitude profiles, and route descriptions of the hiking trails. It also tells you all the things you can do within an hour’s drive from Koli. This guidebook, the first hyperlink tourist guide in Europe, is for sale at the Koli Shop Retkitupa, the Koli Nature Centre Ukko, and the eShop of the PK Media Service.
Joensuu is the biggest city in North Karelia (population 73 000).
You’ll find a good selection of shops along the pedestrian street or
nearby in the town centre. For holiday makers looking for things to do,
Joensuu offers a broad range: swimming pools, gymnasia, bowling, massage
and other treatments. Then there are the Art Museum and the North
Karelia Museum right across from the market square. And just a block
away the craft centre Taitokortteli across from the City Hall has become
a thriving milieu, with sales outlets, a working smithy and other
workshops and services. You can even weave your own souvenir. Distance from Koli: 70 kms.
Lieksa. This town (population 13 000) lies further from the sea than any other in
Fennoscandia. To get here from Koli there is a long drive around the
lake, but the summer ferry service cuts driving distance. And in the
depths of winter (usually January onwards) there is a road (7kms) across
the ice. A wide range of shops and services.
Juuka village (population 5 800) is the heart of the district of Juuka
(total pop. 6 000). The village is about half an hour’s drive from Koli.
Here you’ll find the nearest outlet of Alko, the national alcohol
Nurmes The town of Nurmes (population 8500) has two centres: Porokylä and
Nurmes. Nurmes offers, among other services, a factory outlet for Sasta
Koli tourist information / Koli Tourism Association
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Tel. +358 45 138 7429
Places to visit
Koli national park