Summer in Koli Tourism Area

Paradise for outdoor activities

In the summer you can enjoy the wide open scenery and islands of the lake Pielinen as well as rafting in the Ruunaa hiking area. You might meet sheep, horses and cows in the pastures along hiking trails in Koli National Park.

Summer in Koli is a cultural summer! The Lieksa Brass Week, Monola Festival, and Pielinen Soi Festival will give you memories and joy even after the holiday season.

Cruises on Lake Pielinen

In summer 2023 M/S Marival takes you on scenic cruises on Lake Pielinen, from Koli harbour to Vuonislahti. Cruises on M/S Marival II are a perfect way to spend a summer day and see the beautiful Koli landscapes from the steep hillsides of Koli to the idyllic rural lake shores of Vuonislahti village. On board, the services from the cafe, bar and restaurant compliment your refreshing day on the lake. Cruises start on the 1st June and run until 17th September. There are several departures daily.

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The high hills of the Koli National Park and the islands of Lake Pielinen include one of the most diverse nature reserves in Finland. In addition to the majestic landscapes, the hiker encounters old forests, cliffs, marshes, streams, sandy beaches, islands and the meadows blooming in early summer. The Koli National Park and its approximately 80 kilometers of hiking trails and well-maintained fireplaces, lean-tos and lodgings all attract hikers from Finland and abroad.

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Guided Nature Tours

You can also take a guided tour if you wish. With a knowledgeable guide, it's easy to relax, get excited, learn and enjoy more.

We are proud of our imaginative and knowledgeable colleagues that organize guided nature tours in Koli. Guided tours are provided by Finland Naturally Experiences, Koli Active Oy, Kalastusretket JoensuuSeikkailuyhtiö Vaara and Polar Adventures.

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You can plan day trips in the Koli area with the Koli cycling map. You can rent traditional bikes and electric bikes from our rental companies. You can buy a printed cycling map at Koli Tourist Information and other service points in the area. Koli is part of the 250 km Pielinen Tour, which traverses the fourth largest lake in Finland, Lake Pielinen, mainly along the peaceful sandy roads of the countryside.

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Canoeing and boating

Lake Pielinen is a versatile source of summer fun that can be captured on your own rowing, canoeing or Stand Up Paddle Boarding, or on a guided water trip. Ruunaa rapids and the Jongunjoki or Patvinsuo rivers closer to the eastern border are top destinations for river and rapids paddlers.

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Lake Pielinen, the fourth largest lake in Finland, is a wilderness destination and an obvious destination for fishermen. Natural strains of Pielinen include perch, pike-perch, pike, whitefish and grayling. Planted species include lake salmon, lake trout and arctic char. Another famous destination is Ruunaa, which is popular among rapids fishermen. Expert guides are available for both destinations.

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You can go horseback riding to our Icelandic horse farms all year round. Guided horseback rides can also be taken by an inexperienced or first-time rider. Peaceful Icelandic horses are easy rides, and excursions are planned and executed according to the level of the participants. Small children also have the opportunity to leash.

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Trail running and orienteering

Koli is a great destination for orienteering and trail runners. The area is like made for exercise and recreation in nature. The diverse terrain and extensive trail network attract more and more people to the running trails. There is one track with fixed orienteering control points in the area at Loma-Koli.

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Ukko-Koli lifts

The Scenic Lift on Ukko-Koli offers lush green landscapes and stunning views on the Lake Pielinen. The lift will bring you to the upper yard, to Koli Nature Centre Ukko and Break Sokos Hotel Koli, from where it is a few hundred meters up to the highest peak of Ukko-Koli to admire Finland's most beloved national landscape. There is also another lift, a rare in Finland rail lift.


Loma-Koli Sport hall, gym & saunas

Loma-Koli Sporthall offers an indoor hall for tennis, badminton or floorball, a gym and saunas. The facility has separate showers and dressing rooms for men and women, and saunas for rent to bigger groups as well.

The gym is equipped with Star Trac equipment, free weights, and other equipment such as exercise bands, weigh ball, kettlebells, foam roller etc.

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Loma-Koli Sporthall, Hiekkaniementie 2, Loma-Koli. tel. +358 40 1372 090 / /

Granny Leskelä’s Paddock

Granny Leskelä’s Paddock offers families and groups an opportunity of spending an easy and laid-back day, getting acquainted with farm animals in a traditional Finnish farmyard. A little farmyard zoo and Granny’s Summer Café.

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Frisbeegolf and miniature golf

There are three courses available for frisbee golfers in Koli: Koli slopes (18 baskets),  Koli Freetime (6 baskets) and Koli village centre (5) and two in Lieksa (7 and 18 baskets).

You can play miniature golf on the Koli village centre track (12 holes) or at the Hattusaaren Rantamajat (9 holes) in Hattusaari, 16 km from the center of Koli village, surrounded by Lake Pielinen.

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Wildlife observing

Interested in watching the wolverine, the bears, the wolves, or the wild eagles up close? Watching and photographing wildlife attracts hundreds of animal observers and photographers to visit Erä-Eero photography booths in southern Lieksa.

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Whitewater Rafting in Ruunaa

Excitement and thrill in the whitewaters of Ruunaa!

In the whitewater rapids you can experience the charm of speed and the power of running water! The rafting season begins for group bookings in May and lasts well into October. During the high summer season (mid-June to mid-August) there are daily departures on both traditional wooden boats and inflatables. The rafting trips of Ruunaan Matkailu can be taken with or without lunch. Remember to book in advance for all excursions!

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