Living Finnish summer traditions
In June, the day is at its longest, and the flower meadows in the Koli National Park are in full
Through summer until late autumn you can enjoy the cooling water of Lake Pielinen and its many
islands and sandy beaches. In the Ruunaa Hiking Area you can experience thrilling whitewater
rafting. People on summer holiday come to stay in the cottages in the region, barbecue, go to sauna
and enjoy hiking and horseback riding. In the Koli National Park sheep, horses and kyyttö, the
traditional Eastern Finncattle cows, graze in the cultural landscape and bring joy to the visitors.
Summer in Koli is also a cultural summer! Lieksa Brass Week, Monola Festival, Theatre Koli,
Koli's Outdoor Week and Pielinen Soi Festival provide joyful experiences – something to remember
long after the holiday is over.