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The Best Local Experiences in North Karelia

Are you planning a trip to North Karelia? Doerz offers all the best North Karelia experiences. With our local guides you can enjoy many authentic Finnish experiences. How would kayaking in a beautiful sunset or playing volleyball on the lakeside of Pyhäjärvi with locals sound like? Or would you rather go horseback riding? With Doerz you will find pleasant activities in North Karelia.

North Karelia is the easternmost county in Finland as well as one of the most popular travel destinations in the country. With Doerz you’ll find professional and enthusiastic local guides who will gladly present their hometown to travelers. The most well-known tourist attractions in North Karelia are the Valamo monastery, the national park Koli, the Outokumpu old mine, the botanical garden Botania and the Kitee Zoo. In addition to these amazing attractions we highly recommend exploring the historical Karelian village Bomba, the lively artisan's quarter Taitokortteli and the options for outdoor activities for active travelers. You will make the most out of your stay by meeting locals!

Browse through our North Karelia experiences and choose your own favourites. We have a wide range of local experiences suitable for different kinds of travellers. We are sure you will find the perfect travel experiences for your holiday in North Karelia, whether you are a solo traveller, planning a romantic holiday, or travelling to North Karelia with friends or family.

Live like a local in North Karelia

North Karelia attracats travellers from all over the world. North Karelia is known for its wonderful nature, not forgetting to mention the friendly locals. Various tours and athletic activities outdoors are the most popular experiences in North Karelia. With Doerz’s local guides you can experience a guided tour in Kitee wilderness trail or a kayaking tour in the breathtaking views of lake Orivesi. Or would you rather play volleyball with the locals on the shore of Pyhäjärvi?

Also hiking and a traditional Finnish smoke sauna are among things you want to experience with the locals. The hidden gems of North Karelia can only be found when a local shares their secrets with you.

What is the best time to travel to North Karelia?

Summer is the best season to travel to North Karelia. The county is at its finest and full of events and sunshine. However Finland is worth seeing at any time of the year. There are also plenty of local activities in winter, like a snowshoe hike or a kicksled safari. We advise you to book your experiences beforehand regardless of the season.

North Karelia with children

What to do when travelling to North Karelia with kids? There are many unforgettable experiences to enjoy with your family, like a boat trip around the lake Purujärvi or spending time in a traditional Finnish summer cottage located by the lake Saimaa — quality time at its best! In case of looking for something more special, you can take part in a fun cooking class where you can learn how to make traditional and delicious karelian pies. Authentic experiences are the highlights of your family holiday.

Memorable travel experiences don’t need to be expensive. With our local guides we offer lots of affordable activities to do in North Karelia. When you book any activity, remember to ask your local guide for insider tips! Our guides are more than happy to share their North Karelia knowledge with you, and give you tips about child-friendly activities you can explore for a very small fee or completely free of charge. A family holiday in North Karelia can be surprisingly affordable!

Romantic holiday in North Karelia

Looking for romantic experiences? North Karelia has many to offer, like a horseback riding lesson for adults at a local horse stable or a kayaking trip on the clear waters of lake Puruvesi. Outdoor experiences, that Doerz offers, are very popular in North Karelia. Our experienced guides know the area thoroughly and can show you the best places for enjoying nature and the amazing lake scenery with your loved one.

North Karelia is unique honeymoon destination, and many newlyweds looking for something different choose to head out to the Finnish nature instead of crowded beach destinations.

Authentic North Karelia experiences

If you want to explore something original and genuinely local, take a look at our local experiences listed below. When you find your favourites, make sure to book them right away!

All the Doerz’s service providers are experienced locals who know their home area like the back of their hands. With their local knowledge, you will get to know all the best experiences and hidden gems of North Karelia. Many of our guides may even invite you to visit their homes. We recommend booking your experiences in good time before your holiday. If you can’t book your experiences in advance, don’t worry. Last-minute reservations will work out too, and you can even book your Doerz experience on the spot. Please take notice that many of our experiences are organised on demand, and they are available for booking also when there is no specified date in the introduction.

Experiences in Karelia

Reviews of Karelia experiences

Kayaking on lake Orivesi

Erittäin opettavainen, mukava, hyvin järjestetty ja onnistunut melontaretki.
Päivi

1-2-3 for kayaking

Mahtava retki! Milloin vaan uudestaan❤❤
Nina

Kayaking on lake Orivesi

Hyvä retki, lähtisin toistekin! Alussa meni suhteellisesti paljon aikaa turvallisuuteen ja varusteiden esittelyihin ennenkuin päästiin vesille, mutta mukana oli ensikertalainen eli oli ymmärrettävää. Opin itsekin paljon uutta.
Salla
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