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Top Choice Cafe in Koli National Park


Right on the lakeshore at Koli harbour, this rust-red, double-storey timber building has two terraces overlooking the water (or, in winter, ice) and some of the best food for miles around: reindeer steaks with lingo…
Museum in Lieksa

Pielisen Museo Indoor Museum

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.
Museum in Lieksa

Pielisen Museo

Over 70 Karelian buildings and open-air exhibits at this outdoor museum are organised by century or trade (such as farming, milling, fire-fighting). A fascinating insight into the forestry industry includes a look a…
Bakery in Lieksa

Lieksan Leipomo

In a beautiful wooden building, this endearing bakery is a local favourite for filling lunch buffets and fantastic cakes.
Nature Centre in Koli National Park

Luontokeskus Ukko

By the Sokos Hotel Koli's upper car park, this modern nature centre has exhibitions on the history, flora, fauna and geology of the park, and information on hiking.
Karelian in Nurmes

Bomban Talo

The mammoth wood cabin at Bomba Village contains the Sokos Bomba Hotel’s restaurant serving a Karelian buffet to the masses, with karjalanpiirakka (rice-filled savoury pastry) designed to swab up karjalanpaisti (ste…
Cafe in Koli National Park

Kahvila Kolin Ryynänen

In Koli village, this charming cafe serves as an exhibition space and has an artist-in-residence. There's often live music.
Museum in Vuonislahti


Between Vuonislahti and Vuonisjärvi, Paateri was the home and workshop of Eva Ryynänen (1915–2001), Finland’s most respected wood sculptor – as well as her greatest work, Paateri Wilderness Church (1991). Carved flo…
Music in Lieksa

Lieksa Brass Week

During the last week of July, Lieksa Brass Week attracts international musicians.
Village in Nurmes

Bomba Village

The centrepiece of this re-created Karelian 'village' at Sokos Hotel Bomba is is the imposing Bomba Talo, with its high roof and ornate wooden trim. It's a replica of a typical 19th-century Karelian family house and…