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Hyvärilä Holiday Apartments
There’s something for everyone at this lakeside resort next door to the golf club – camping ground, hostel accommodation, a decent hotel and a restaurant, all managed by cheerful, helpful reception staff...
Break Sokos Hotel Koli
Yep, this is the controversial place at the top of Koli Hill. Some rooms were in need of a touch of TLC when we visited, but with Finland’s finest views, you won’t be paying much attention to the decor...
This quiet countryside hotel is located on the shore of Lake Pielinen. It offers sauna facilities and a large indoor pool, plus free Wi-Fi and parking. Hotel Pielinen offers a choice between private bathrooms and shared facilities...
Break Sokos Hotel Bomba
This hotel is located by Lake Pielinen, 2.5 km from central Nurmes. It offers free in-room wired internet, private parking, excellent spa facilities and a variety of sports activities...
Hyvärilä Holiday And Youth Centre
Surrounded by greenery, on the shore of Lake Pielinen, this Nurmes resort offers a lake-view restaurant and a wide variety of recreational facilities. The modern rooms and apartments have flat-screen TVs...
Hotel Kaatrahovi is located in Lieksa in the North Karelia region of Finland, 20 km from Koli Ski Centre. It offers closeness to wildlife and rooms with cable TV and free Wi-Fi...
Set in a cottage next to Lake Pielinen, Männikkölän Pirtti offers basic rooms with access to a shared bathroom and kitchenette. Nurmes town centre is a 10-minute drive away. Guests have access to a shared sauna and a communal TV room with a fireplace...
Situated along the Syväysjoki River, this property is 30 minutes’ drive from central Ilomantsi. It provides individually decorated rooms, a shared TV lounge and a furnished terrace with BBQ facilities...
Property Location Located in Nurmes, Nurmeshovi is minutes from Nurmenksen Church and close to Ikola Museum...
Taiga Maja offers you a unique vacation in an old school building renovated and equipped with style. Hostel Taiga Maja is located on the shores of a lovely lake with a cozy beach and barbecue site...
The lakeside HI hostel, Kestikievari Herranniemi is about 2km south of the train station...
In Vuonislahti, Hotelli Pielinen is a modern hotel with hostel and hotel room styles, both of reasonable value...
Lolling on the banks of Lake Pielinen, Lomakylä Piitteri is a scenic camp site which has a marina and swimming beach...
Ruunaa Recreation Area
Five kilometres east of Naarajoki bridge, this place has self-contained cabins, as well as accommodation upstairs from its cafe. It also offers a traditional smoke sauna, boats and various snowmobile, rafting and boating tours.
The main canoe rental company, Erästely, also offers bed-and-breakfast at its headquarters – a former schoolhouse – with rooms sleeping four to 25 people. There’s a cafe and it’s a good place to hire equipment. It’s also possible to pitch a tent.
Vanhan Koulun Majatalo
Koli National Park
This environmentally conscious hostel set in the countryside 6km from Koli village is based in an old schoolhouse. There are eight rooms and two apartments – simply decorated, but nevertheless, you feel as though they’re taken good care of...
Each furnished apartment in this cluster has a full kitchen and laundry and makes a great option for larger families. Rates are cheaper for longer stays, and you can hire bikes, boats and canoes.
This place is 2km from the main road towards Änäkäinen and the Russian border. There are two- to six-person rooms, cabins, camp sites and smoke saunas, and bicycles, canoes and boats for rent.
Paalasmaan Lomamajat is a camping ground at the eastern end of the island with a nice lakeside spot.
Once the national training centre for the Finnish border guard, this HI-affiliated hostel is a little way from the main street but makes for a quieter stay...
Loma Koli Camping
Koli National Park
This simple camping ground is handy for the Hiisi Hill slopes with family cottages and tent sites. Rental tents sleeping three people are available if you didn’t pack your own.
This lo-fi building by the riverside has good-sized rooms (if a little musty), with affordable rates that include breakfast and sauna. There’s also a restaurant serving no-fuss fish, steak and pizza – though vegetarians will struggle.
Holiday Club Bomba
Closer to a Karelian theme village, this huge place resembles an ocean liner complete with portholes and a landing dock between the buildings. It’s actually an indulgent spa hotel complete with wellness centre, several saunas and chic rooms...