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Summer of Koli

Diverse activities and unforgettable events

Welcome to spend your summer vacation in Koli! The Koli tourist area offers diverse activities and unforgettable events during the summer. You can hike along stunning trails, admire breathtaking views, and relax in the embrace of nature. Additionally, you can enjoy the opportunities provided by the water bodies, such as canoeing or boat trips on the tranquil waters of lakes and rivers. In the Koli area, various events are also organized, such as concerts, markets, and traditional celebrations, which add their own flavor to summer days. Come and experience the summer of Koli and create unforgettable memories!

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Koli Summer Market

Koli Summer Market at Koli Community Hall in July on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12 PM to 4 PM.

There is a pancake café in the yard of the Community Hall where you can buy soot pot coffee, Finnish-style pancakes, and cold drinks. Both inside the hall and in the yard, there are various other items for sale that make great souvenirs and gifts to take home.

Koli Community Hall, Merilänrannantie 4c, Koli.

Meet Santa Claus at Kiviniemi

The Santa Claus we all know has spent every summer of his life at Kiviniemi Farm. Now he has made his summer residence public and welcomes guests on four Wednesdays in July. Santa Claus will entertain children with a hobbyhorse obstacle course and bake stick buns with them. At the end, children will receive a diploma from Santa Claus. After all, Santa is the friendliest man in the world and a friend to all children. Children can also share their Christmas gift wishes with Santa already in July.

Santa Claus will be available on:
July 3, 2024, from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM and 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
July 10, 2024, from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM and 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
July 17, 2024, from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM and 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
July 24, 2024, from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM and 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM

Familyticket €45,00, ticket payable on the spot, payment by card.

Address: Kiviniemen tila, Mustalahdentie 27, 81160 Kontiolahti

The Saturday dances at Restaurant Tervaskanto

The terrace of Restaurant Tervaskanto, as well as the front yard of the upcoming Break Sokos Hotel Koli Kylä, will serve as a dance venue every Saturday from Midsummer until the end of July. Entrance to the Saturday dances is free!

Sat 29.6. Emmi & Tony
Sat 6.7. Performer to be announced soon!
Sat 13.7. Johanna Debreczeni
Sat 20.7. Marita Taavitsainen
Sat 27.7. Pate Friman

We reserve the right to make changes.

The Celebration Concert of Monola Festival Week on July 6th

At the Monola Festival Week’s Celebration Concert, interpretations of Oskar Merikanto’s most beloved songs will be heard, including texts by Eino Leino, performed by the renowned Finnish opera singer Mika Pohjonen, cellist Jussi Makkonen, and pianist Nazig Azezian.

Mika Pohjonen, tenor Jussi Makkonen, cello Nazig Azezian, piano

Tickets in advance cost 20 €, or 25 € at the door.

Jussi Makkonen & Nazig Azezian Show & Dinner 14.7.

Experience the unique beauty amidst Sibelius’ melodies, the national landscape, and refreshments! Sibelius’ tunes resonate in Koli on Sunday, July 14, 2024, as cellist Jussi Makkonen and pianist Nazig Azezian take the stage. In line with the theme, Show & Dinner packages offer a choice of Menu Aino with reindeer main course, or alternatively, a fish or vegetarian menu. Additional information is available here.

Juuka Stone Carving Festival 26.-28.7.

The hot­test sculp­tu­re com­pe­ti­tion of the sum­mer ta­kes pla­ce for the fourth ti­me in Juu­ka. The event is held for the first ti­me in the vi­ci­ni­ty of the Juu­ka Sports and Cul­tu­ral Cen­ter. The fes­ti­val is or­ga­ni­zed by the lo­cal as­so­cia­tion El­lin Tai­ta­jat ry in col­la­bo­ra­tion with the mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty of Juu­ka and va­rious sta­ke­hol­ders. The event, ai­med at the who­le fa­mi­ly, is free of char­ge. The­re will be va­rious ac­ti­vi­ties or­ga­ni­zed in the cen­ter of Juu­ka du­ring the fes­ti­val.

Lieksa Brass Week, July 26th to August 3rd

Lieksa Brass Week is the largest brass music festival in the Nordic countries. Brass Week includes music courses, an international competition, a high-quality concert series, and outdoor performances throughout Lieksa. The theme instrument for the 2024 Brass Week is the trumpet.

Explore the concert offerings of Brass Week and purchase tickets!

In the Company of Merikanto – Dinner Concert on August 6th

Featuring Oskar Merikanto’s most beloved songs and Finnish piano music. Throughout the evening, we’ll be guided by Oskar’s letters to his wife Liisa and their intriguing stories.

At the Merikanto dinner table, delicacies made from Finnish ingredients will be served – meat, fish, and vegetables. The price of the dinner card is 90.00 euros (includes the concert and a 3-course menu).

Performing are baritone Juha Kotilainen along with pianists Leevi Lipponen and Niilo Ruotsala.

Sorahiisi – gravel cycling event 16.-18.8.

It’s time to sort out the gravel issues of this nation! National landscapes, rolling routes, gravel in all its forms – Sorahiisi offers an entire weekend of gravel on Europe’s best roads.

When you come to Koli, you ride properly! On the main day (Saturday, 17th August), you can choose your adventure from an easygoing trip to a challenge of over three hundred kilometers. The options are Sorahiisi 60/100/150 or the Sorahiisi 320, which starts the night before. On Friday, there’s a three-hill time trial, and on Sunday, a mid-length final glide, either as a segment race or a personal ride.

The Sorahiisi 150 will decide the official Finnish championships of 2024. Additionally, there will be Finland’s first three-day combined race. At Sorahiisi, you have the freedom to race, test your limits, or simply enjoy the journey!

Night of the Light at Restaurant Tervaskanto on August 31st

Celebrate the Night of Light at Restaurant Tervaskanto on August 31st, as the terrace adorned with lanterns, candles, and white fabrics invites you to enjoy yourself. Entertainment and delicious food will be provided – more information coming soon!


Cruise on M/S Marival

Cruises aboard M/S Marival II are an excellent way to explore the beautiful national landscapes, from the majestic scenery of Koli to the idyllic shores of Vuonislahti. These refreshing excursions are complemented by the ship’s fully-equipped café, restaurant, and bar. Reserve your spot for either a single cruise or take advantage of route tickets for crossing Lake Pielinen.

Explore the cruise schedule and purchase tickets!

Panoramic lift

You can experience the stunning landscapes of Koli in a relaxed manner from the panoramic lift. Hop on the lift and enjoy the ride! The lift operates daily from June 8th to August 11th, from 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM (with a break from 2:00 PM to 2:30 PM). During the grill evenings at Rinnetupa, the lift operates until 8:00 PM (with a break from 5.30 PM to 6 PM).

Tickets can be purchased at the summer kiosk located in Upper Koli, Rinnetupa, or at the receptions of Break Sokos Hotel Koli and Koli Village.

One way: €8/adult, €6/child, €20/family

Round trip tickets: €11/adult, €8/child, €27/family

Visits to Leskelä Granny’s Horse Farm

Welcome to explore Leskelä Granny’s Horse Farm, which offers families the opportunity for a peaceful and relaxing day out, experiencing an authentic traditional rural setting with a history dating back to the 1600s. Today, the farm serves as Leskelä Granny’s own kingdom, where she takes care of her rescue animals and friends enjoying peaceful retirement days. During the summer, the farm operates as a summer café and a warm-hearted domestic animal farm.

Paimentupa’s trail rides

Explore the stunning landscapes of Koli by riding charming Icelandic horses. Horseback riding is available for both beginners and experienced riders. All rides are guided by an instructor, so please book your session in advance.

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Restaurants and cafes

Grill It! Koli

Grill It! Koli serves daily throughout the summer from 12:00 PM to 12:00 AM (kitchen open until 11:00 PM). In July, you can enjoy the Charcoal Burner’s lunch daily from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM, which includes a starter salad buffet and a changing daily lunch served at the table.


At Rinnetupa, traditional grill nights are held every Wednesday and Saturday between June 8th and August 11th, from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM, as well as on Midsummer Friday from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM. This summer, the grill nights will feature three different themes: America, Greece, and Asia.

Grill night with S-Etukortti card costs €36/person (regular price €39/person). Reserve your spot for the grill nights here.


Located at Break Sokos Hotel Koli Kylä, Restaurant Tervaskanto serves daily throughout the summer (Mon-Thu from 11:00 AM to 12:00 AM, Fri-Sat from 11:00 AM to 1:00 AM, Sun from 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM). Starting from Midsummer, Taste Feasts are held on Tervaskanto’s terrace every Friday and Saturday from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM. At the Taste Feasts, you can enjoy cold refreshments, Finnish-style tapas, and savory snacks grilled by the chef on-site. Welcome to taste the treats!

Koli Summer Kiosk and Cafe Latva

The perfect crown to a hot summer day is an ice cream moment at the Koli Summer Kiosk, located in the Upper Koli yard, open daily from 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM. You can also purchase refreshments and tickets for the scenic lift from the kiosk. Additionally, Café Latva, located at Break Sokos Hotel Koli, serves daily from 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM.

Kaski Bar

You can end the evening at the cozy Kaski Bar, located at Break Sokos Hotel Koli, open on Fridays and Saturdays from 4:00 PM to 1:00 AM. Sit back and enjoy the summer evening on the terrace, which offers stunning views towards Lake Pielinen!

Explore the restaurant options in the area