Finland - Karelia (Chapter)
This is the Karelia chapter from Lonely Planet’s Finland guidebook.
If you’re looking for wilderness, powerful history and even the Finnish soul, your search starts here. Densely forested and gloriously remote, the region is a paradise for nature lovers. Opportu-nities to get active abound, with hiking routes, whitewater rapids, and lakes offering idyllic kayaking and boating.
- swooshing down the ski slopes or swooping above the tree line aboard the summer chairlift at Koli National Park
- shooting Ruunaa’s rapids on a rubber raft
- cruising from Lappeenranta to the Karelian town of Vyborg on a ‘visa-free’ trip to Russia
- restaurants & accommodation
Coverage includes: South Karelia, Lappeenranta, Imatra, North Karelia, Joensuu, Ilomantsi, Hattuvaara, Lake Pielinen Region, Koli National Park, Paalasmaa, Vuonislahti, Lieksa, Patvinsuo National Park, Ruunaa Recreation Area, Nurmijärvi District and Nurmes.
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