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Lieksan Retkiaitta is a place to hire fishing equipment.
There are very few places to grab an evening meal in Lieksa but this lively pub is one of them. It serves straight-up meals and has a pleasant terrace.
Horseback & Animal Rides
Offers lessons and cross-country treks.
Nature & Wildlife
Looking to go bear-watching? Erä Eero runs overnight trips to its observation cabin, where you may see bear between April and October, as well as birds of prey, wolverines, and the odd lynx.
Bakeries & Patisseries
This endearing weatherboard bakery is famous with locals for its homemade treats and filling soup lunches.
This company has gentle-natured Icelandic ponies to ride. Horse riding costs about €25 per hour.
The separate indoor museum of Pielisen Museo features photographs and displays on Karelian folk history, which makes for an interesting look during the winter when the outdoor museum is closed.
In winter, husky-dog sleds, cross-country skiing and snowmobile expeditions along the Russian border are popular and can be tailored to your needs...
Lieksa Brass Week , during the last week of July, attracts a number of international musicians with a few free events.
Museums & Galleries
Even those jaded by outdoor museums will be impressed by the sprawling complex of North Karelia’s largest museum...
Myllymuseo is a highlight of Puu-Juuka as it’s a working old mill with a traditional smoke sauna nearby; there’s no signage so grab an English leaflet inside the museum when you pay.
Karelia Expert in Lieksa handles information and bookings for all manner of activities around Lieksa and at this park, 30km east...
Transportation & Travel Services
This place is a smidge cheaper than the other two rafting operators. Rubber rafts leave from the Koski-Jaakko HQ around 7km along Siikakoskentie (turn right immediately after the Naarajoki bridge)...
Arts, Culture & Literary
Ruunaa Nature Centre is near the bridge over the Naarajoki, where most boat trips start. There are exhibitions, maps, a library and a free English slideshow...
Organises guided trips down the rapids (per person €65), and gentler canoeing expeditions on the surrounding lakes and rivers...
Ruunaa , just 30km northeast of Lieksa, is an outdoorsy mecca east of Lake Pielinen. It boasts 38km of waterways with six whitewater rapids, plus unpolluted wilderness, excellent trekking paths and good fishing...
Offers rafting and can organise cottages in the area, plus skiing, snowmobile safaris and ice-fishing during the winter. Trips depart from Cafe Ruunaan Tupa, opposite the Ruunaa Visitor Centre.
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