Welcome to North Karelia!

North Karelia is located in the easternmost part of Finland. Joensuu is the regional hub of North Karelia, located approximately 400 km to the Northeast from Helsinki. With more than 2200 lakes, our region is one part of Finnish Lakeland area. Our region is easy to reach via Finland’s capital Helsinki. Read more about the most convenient ways of reaching our destination.

Road in a colorful forest

By car

Driving in Finland is easy and stress-free, there are no traffic jams and very little traffic in the rural areas. While moving by car you can stop by beautiful sceneries and visit interesting places along the way.

Car rental services in Finland and Joensuu:




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By train

An eco-friendly choice to travel to Joensuu is by train. We recommend taking the train also for the sake of beautiful sceneries – you will be traveling along lakes most of the time. The travel time from Helsinki to Joensuu by train is approximately 4,5 hours.

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A man waiting for a bus

By bus

Taking a bus is a good choice especially if you want to enjoy the sceneries and take a stress-free ride between towns. We are ready to help you to find the most convenient way of reaching your destination by bus.

Bus operators in Finland:



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By plane

Finnair flies daily between Joensuu and Helsinki. The airport locates 12 kilometers from the Joensuu city center. You can continue your journey from airport for instance by bus, rental car or taxi.

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Kuopio Airport is also a good option when you have a plan to come to North Karelia as the airport is only 1,5 hours drive away from Joensuu. There are three daily flights from Helsinki-Vantaa airport and back. From Kuopio to North Karelia the easiest way to reach the destination is to drive by own car or jump in a bus.

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