From  £1595
per person
Tour Highlights
  • Join a guided tour through Koli National Park and discover spectacular scenery and the most famous panoramic views from its highest points
  • Spend time in the vibrant university town of Joensuu
  • Visit the old town of Nurmes with its historical wooden buildings. Founded in 1876 by Tsar Alexander II
  • Enjoy the thrills of white water rafting on the River Lieksanjoki, which winds for 30 kilometres through wild forests, placid lakes, and six sets of raging rapids
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Best of North Karelia Fly-Drive

9 Day Tour, from £1595 per person

Densely forested and wonderfully remote, the region of Karelia spans across Finland and Russia and has a distinct culture, language, cuisine and architecture.

On this fly-drive holiday you will spend time exploring Lake Pielinen, Finland’s fourth largest lake, delve into all things cultural at Koli Sculpture Garden, and experience sculptor Eva Ryynänen's work in the beautiful surroundings of Lieksa.

Karelia is a paradise for nature fanatics so head out on hikes in stunning national parks, enjoy white water rafting and kayaking.

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1
FLY TO HELSINKI
Helsinki - Finland

Fly to Helsinki, transfer to your hotel and check in for 2 nights. Spend the evening at leisure, perhaps enjoying dinner in one of the many renowned restaurants in town.  

DAY 2
HELSINKI
Cathedral of St Peter and Paul in Helsinki - Finland

Spend the day exploring Helsinki at your own pace. The Finnish capital is simply bursting with culture and activities sure to keep you busy. By day, why not admire Helsinki’s mix of history and forward-thinking, with grand classical architecture reflecting the city’s past, and innovative, modern buildings showing that it always has one eye to the future. By night, we recommend a visit to the opera or a drink at one of Helsinki’s numerous bars and bustling night cafés.  (B)

DAY 3
HELSINKI TO JOENSUU
Aerial view of Joensuu channel and Pielisjoki river - Finland

Transfer on your own to Helsinki Central Station for your train to North Karelia region and reach the lively city of Joensuu. Upon arrival collect your hire car, drive to your hotel and check in for 1 night. (B)

DAY 4
JOENSUU TO KOLI NATIONAL PARK
Koli National park - Finland

After a hearty breakfast, drive to Koli National park and set off on a guided tour at the discovery of its spectacular scenery and nature. Admire stunning panoramic views from Ukko-Koli, Akka-Koli and Paha-Koli hills and see Lake Pielinen 250 metres below you. Visit Koli Nature Centre Ukko and Koli Sculpture Park, an unique art attraction featuring sculptures made by Lasse Martikainen. Overnight in Koli National Park area. (B,D) (75Km)

DAY 5
KOLI NATIONAL PARK TO NURMES
Lake in North Karelia - Finland

Drive towards the village of Juuka and en route opt for a visit at the Finnish Stone Center in Nunnanlahti. Continue to the town of Nurmes and spend the rest of the day strolling around its old centre 'Puu-Nurmes' - also known as one of the best-preserved wooden house areas in Finland - and visiting Murtovaara House Museum. Overnight at you hotel in Nurmes. (B,D) (170Km)

DAY 6
NURMES TO LIEKSA
River rafting - Finland

Today, enter the Ruunaa area and embark on a thrilling 4-hour rafting excursion over the rapids of Lieksanjoki river. In the afternoon, reach your accommodation in Lieksa and check in for 2 nights. In the evening, enjoy a delicious dinner and why not relaxing in a Finnish sauna afterward? (B,L,D) (55Km)

DAY 7
LIEKSA
Ruunaa area - Finland

After breakfast, visit the famous sculptor Eva Ryynänen`s atelier, Paateri timber church and former house and café. All the buildings are designed by the artist and within them you can admire her work, sculptures, carvings and unique structures and furnishings. Rest of the day is at leisure. (B,D) (55Km)

DAY 8
LIEKSA TO JOENSUU
City of Joensuu - Finland

Drive back to Joensuu. On arrival, opt to spend the day visiting the many museums in town as 'Botania', the most Nordic botanical butterfly gardens in the world, or Joensuu Art Museum Onni, located near the market square and displaying permanent exhibitions including Finnish art from 1850s to modern days. Overnight at your hotel in Joensuu. (B) (95Km)

DAY 9
FLY TO THE UK
Helsinki - Finland

Today return your hire car, then transfer by train to Helsinki for your flight back to the UK. (B)

Pricing Information

9 day tour, from £1595 per person

Price Includes

  • Return international flights between the UK and Helsinki
  • All airport taxes and security charges
  • Accommodation in various hotels and guesthouses
  • Meals as specified (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • Transfers as stated in the itinerary
  • Car Hire Volkswagen Polo or similar
  • Excursions and entrance fees as stated in the itinerary

Price Excludes

  • Tips & gratuities 
  • Additional excursions
  • Additional meals
  • Travel Insurance

Price Includes

Price Excludes

Price Notes

  • This price is based on stays between May and Sep 2021 and there may be supplements for travel in peak season - please ask your Regent Specialist for details.

Tour Route Map


  1. Finland, Helsinki
  2. Finland, Joensuu
  3. Finland, Juuka
  4. Finland, Nurmes
  5. Finland, Lieksa
  6. Finland, Joensuu
  7. Finland, Helsinki

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