And there’s a lot of other things to do as well!

Immerse yourself in our rich urban culture filled with events and activities. There’s plenty to experience in your spare time year-round. North Karelia is famous for its unique culture, food traditions and magnificent nature attractions. Take a look; our region can tell you so many interesting stories about life between East and West.  

Curb your enthusiasm

Get mesmerized by the Karelian à la carte cuisine and visit Kielo, a fine dining restaurant in Joensuu, nominated as the best restaurant of 2020 in the Nordic 360 Eat Guide. Rock it out at one of Finland’s biggest music festivals Ilosaarirock, take a tour at Joensuun Botania botanical garden, or visit Taitokortteli, a cozy handicraft and cultural block in the center of Joensuu. Get physical and participate in the Pogosta skiing event, take part in Finland’s biggest rowing event, The Karelian Rowing Tour, or challenge yourself in the Marathon of Dangers, Finland’s most iconic trail running event along the slopes of Koli. There is something for everyone here! Dance and theatre performances, sports clubs, concerts, craftsmen, you name it…all guaranteeing versatile events.

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