Top choice in Central Finland

If you're interested in the Kalevala or Karelian culture, pay a visit to this excellent resource centre inside a beautiful hand-hewn timber building made using traditional methods and modern styling – its 24 wooden pillars support a roof covered with lingonberries and heather. Passionate staff are very knowledgeable; there are also themed art and photography exhibitions here each year.

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1. Tuupalan Museo

0.27 MILES

At this house-museum, traditional Karelian red-painted wooden farm buildings have been fitted out to depict traditional Kuhmo life at the turn of the 20th…

2. Petola Luontokeskus


On the main road 3.5km east of central Kuhmo, this centre has an informative exhibition in various languages on Finland’s quartet of large carnivores,…

3. Kuhmon Talvisotamuseo

2.33 MILES

Situated 4.5km southeast of central Kuhmo, by the Hotelli Kalevala, this Winter War museum documents that bitter conflict in the Kuhmo area, mostly…

4. Hiidenportti National Park

24.53 MILES

Sprawling 48km southeast of Sotkamo, this national park surrounds forests and boggy flatlands, and is laced with 30km of marked hiking trails. The…