Karelia Expert can book most trips and activities, and provides detailed driving instructions for out-of-the-way operators. Pick-ups from Lieksa for whitewater rafting trips in the Ruunaa Recreation Area can also be arranged.


Lake Pielinen, Pudasjoki River and the Ruunaa and Änäkäinen have great recreational fishing areas. Each requires a separate permit, available from local sports shops, such as Lieksan Retkiaitta, or Karelia Expert.


Lieksa has a handful of places to stay but for more atmosphere consider options in nearby, more rural locations like Vuonislahti, Koli and Ruunaa.


Decent places to eat are limited but you'll find supermarkets on Lieksa’s main street, Pielisentie.

Drinking & Nightlife

Pielisentie has a handful of down-to-earth local bars with summer terraces.