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In the heart of North Karelia


Herranniemi is located in a central place to visit different kinds of nature and culture resorts of North Karelia. You don`t have to travel far to experience beautiful nature: it surrounds you everywhere at Herranniemi that is located in unique place at the shore of the lake Pielinen - just opposite side of the famous national landscape of Koli. From the surrounding areas you can also find many nature and culture resorts that you should not miss.

Culture village Vuonislahti offers many things to see and experience: Famous finnish wood sculptures, Eva Ryynänen`s atelier, the wooden chapel and artist’s home are located only seven kilometers from Herranniemi .By car or bike - by canoe or boat that you can hire distance is only 3 km. From Vuonislahti you can find dance floor, village house Kukko with cafeteria, lunch restaurant , handicraft shop and icelandic horse stable that organizes riding trips in the forests nearby. There are also summer markets on summer Saturdays (see our topical page where you can find schedules for the market times and dances at dancing floor ).

In half an hour you can reach animal park Pikkukili. At Pikkukili there are 250 animals and a lake, where you can fish salmon. Wilderness town Lieksa is located 30 kilometers from Herranniemi. There you can find Pielinen Museum, which is the second largest open air museum in Finland and lutherian and also orthodox church. Lieksa is the region's commercial center. Joensuu, capital of North Karelia is located 80 km south of Vuonislahti. Joensuu is the major shops, good restaurants, the Butterfly Garden and the craftsman area.

Koli, Ruunaa and Patvinsuo – North Karelian wilderness

Koli is both a national park and a popular cross-country skiing and the slalom area. Koli is Finland's national landscape and also known for its artists. Sibelius and many other artists have sought inspiration in Koli. You can get to Koli national park in the summertime by car ferry from Lieksa, or for pre-order from Vuonislahti by traditional wooden boat. In the wintertime you can reach Koli`s skiing slopes in fifteen minutes on the official iceroad.

Ruunaa rapids are located just an hour's drive away. River rafting in a big wooden boat or rubber raft. Ruunaa is also popular with canoeists concerned and for fly-fishermen Ruunaa is a paradise. You will also find plenty of hiking trails. Near Ruunaa is also a wildlife viewing booths.

Patvinsuo National Park is located one hour's drive from Herranniemi.
Experience the great swamps walking on wooden pathways and sandy wilderness lake, surrounded by a 15 kilometer-long hiking paths with campfire. There are also many kind birds in the area. Close to the limit Ilomantsi the Orthodox-Karelian village center. Here, the finnish army stopped the russian army in 1944.

You'll find also many smaller wilderness areas for hiking and get to great berry and mushroom close Vuonislahti - and enjoy your holiday in fresh air and peaceful nature.

Links to nature and tourism resorts and services:

Vuonislahti village
Paateri - sculpture Eva Ryynänen`s atelier
Kuivalan icelandic horses
Pikkukili animal park

Kolin national park
Koli.fi
Koli-husky
Ruunaan matkailu
Ruunaa hiking area
Pielinen museum
Patvinsuo national park
Erä-Eero wildlife observation

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