Sights and attractions

Central Karelia is designated as a sub-region of North Karelia and is located about an hour’s drive from Joensuu and Savonlinna. The beautiful nature and crystal clear lakes of Central Karelia attract visitors – who get to enjoy the local hospitality while they’re at it. The peaceful way of life in Central Karelia offers a wide range of opportunities for enjoying a holiday no matter the time of the year.
Here you find links to main sights and attractions by region. – Our tips for you.
Kitee
– Stone Church of Kitee
– Puhos and the Puhos larch forest
– Peterhoff Finland Landscape Park
– Sovintola —handicrafts and culture
Tohmajärvi
– Puun Sielu Gallery
– Lutheran Church of Tohmajärvi
– Hydroelectric Plant Museum of Saario
Rääkkylä
– Paksuniemi
– Kotista Toy Museum
Culture and history

The Joensuu sub-region consists of two cities; Joensuu and Outokumpu, and five municipalities; Juuka, Kontiolahti, Polvijärvi, Liperi and Ilomantsi. Lively cities and beautiful nature offer something for everybody.
Joensuu
– Churches in Joensuu
– North Karelian Museum
– Botanical garden and tropical butterfly garden
Ilomantsi
– Möhkö ironworks
– Hermanni Winery
Heinävesi
– Valamo monastery
– Lintula convent
Outokumpu
– The old mine with its museum of mining

The town of Savonlinna is well known as a lively summer town. Although Opera Festivals is the most famous gathering during summer time in Savonlinna, there is a plenty of other cultural events and local happenings taking place in the Savonlinna region throughout the year.
Savonlinna
– Olavinlinna Castle
– The church of Kerimäki
– Lusto – The Finninsh Forest Museum

Pielinen Karelia consists of two cities; Lieksa and Nurmes, and municipality of Valtimo. Koli’s magnificent landscapes and clear waters of lake Pielinen invite you to visit the wilderness and relax in Pielinen Karelia.
Koli
– The national Parks
– The cultural treasures of Visitor Centre Ukko
Nurmes
– Bomba House and Karelian Village
– Steam engine depot tour
– Wood-Nurmes and the old market town
Lieksa
–  The countryside experience farmstead of PikkuKili
– Pielinen Museum