From  £1995
per person
Tour Highlights
  • Try your hand at fishing, experience wild swimming and relax by an open fire
  • Join a guided tour through Koli National Park
  • Take part in a Karelian pie-making workshop
  • Set off on a canoeing excursion on Bear river
  • Stay in charming Guesthouses
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Karelian Explorer Fly-Drive

9 Day Tour, from £1995 per person

Ideal for families, this fly-drive offers the chance to explore the charming and remote Karelia region under your own steam. Staying in cosy guesthouses, delve into marvellous national parks and embark on exciting excursions. Experience canoeing, fishing and swimming in pristine waters and learn more about Karelian culture by taking part to a Karelian pie-making workshop!

Family price for 2 adults and 1 child (up to 14 years old) starts from £4,885

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
Uspenski Cathedral 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 VALTIMO
Joensuu - 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 guesthouse in Valtimo and check in for 2 nights. In the evening, enjoy a delicious Karelian dinner. (B,D) (150Km Joensuu - Valtimo)

DAY 4
VALTIMO
VALTIMO

After a hearty breakfast, visit Murtovaara House Museum, located 22Km away from Valtimo village. The museum consists of 16 log houses built in different centuries, presenting a picture of peasant houses development from the 18th century to modern days. Enjoy lunch at your guesthouse and, in the afternoon, explore Valtimo village under your own steam. (B,L,D) (45Km)

DAY 5
VALTIMO TO KARHUNPAA VILLAGE
Canoeing - Finland

Leave Valtimo and drive to Karhunpaa village. After checking in for 1 night at your new charming guesthouse set off on a canoeing excursion on Bear river and soon afterwards, why not enjoy relaxing in a hot sauna or, for the most adventurous ones, take a swim in the nearby river. At the end of the day, enjoy an 'experiential hut dinner' served in a 'Kota'. (B,L,D) (9Km)

DAY 6
KARHUNPAA VILLAGE TO NURMES
North Karelia - Finland

Head south to the town of Nurmes and join a boat trip to a local summer cottage. Try your hand at fishing, experience wild swimming and relax by an open fire while enjoying your lunch. In the afternoon, reach your accommodation in Nurmes and check in for 1 night. (B,L,D) (22Km)

DAY 7
NURMES
Bomba House in Nurmes - Finland

Today learn more about Karelian culture by taking part in a Karelian pie-making workshop. These unique pies are an important part of the region’s food culture, and at this workshop you get the chance to prepare them together with the hostess of a Karelian guesthouse. After lunch, explore Nurmes old town at you own pace and visit the gorgeous Bomba House and Karelian village, which radiate Karelian architecture and culture down to every log and barn. In the evening, experience smoke sauna and soon after taste glow-fried salmon by campfire. Overnight in Nurmes area for 2 nights. (B,L,D) (20Km)

DAY 8
KOLI NATIONAL PARK
Koli National Park - Finland

Reach Koli National park and set off on a guided tour, discovering its spectacular scenery and nature. Visit Koli Nature Centre Ukko and Koli Sculpture Park, a unique art attraction featuring sculptures made by Lasse Martikainen. After lunch on your own, drive back to your accommodation in Nurmes area and, en route, visit Nunnanlahti and Juuka village. (B,D) (135Km)

DAY 9
FLY TO THE UK
North Karelia - Finland

Today drive back to Joensuu to return your hire car, then transfer by train to Helsinki for your flight back to the UK. (B) (115Km Nurmes - Joensuu)

Pricing Information

9 day tour, from £1995 per person

Price Includes

  • Return international flights between the UK and Helsinki
  • All airport taxes and security charges
  • Accommodation in various 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.
  • Price per child (4-14 years old): £895

Tour Route Map


  1. Finland, Helsinki
  2. Finland, Joensuu
  3. Finland, Valtimo
  4. Finland, Karhunpaa
  5. Finland, Nurmes
  6. Finland, Joensuu
  7. Finland, Helsinki

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