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Nurmes’ biggest draw is Bomba Village , 2.5km southeast of the town centre...
This mammoth wood cabin contains the Sokos Hotel’s famed restaurant – it’s the place to sample a Karelian buffet...
Dating from 1896, the massive brick Lutheran Church is the largest in North Karelia, with around 2300 seats. You’ll know it by its florid cross...
Thirteen kilometres south of Juuka, Suomen Kivikeskus is an exhaustive look at Finnish geology and the use of stone. It’s almost compulsory to sneak a photo in the giant armchairs of the sculpture garden.
The Ikola Museum is an agricultural museum in Tuupala, 1km northeast of Nurmes’ town centre, which features an open-air exhibit of Karelian wooden buildings.
You can hire a bike to explore town from Kesport Konesola , which can also help out with fishing permits for Pielinen and fishing tips.
Museums & Galleries
Kötsi Museum , in the large Nurmes-talo Building, is the local museum of history, and has a variety of Stone Age artefacts on display.
This Italian place in the commercial centre of Porokylä does pizza and pasta. Later it becomes a popular pub.
There’s a good chance you’ll hook salmon at Lokinlampi , a stocked pond north of town.
At Nurmes-talo, Tyko Art Gallery has changing monthly exhibitions.
Boating & Cruises
Saimaa Ferries operates on Lake Pielinen in summer.
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