Living Finnish summer traditions
In June, the day is at its longest, and the flower meadows in the Koli National Park are in full bloom. 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, Pielinen Soi Festival, summer theaters and outdoor activity events provide joyful experiences – something to remember long after the holiday is over.