North Karelia (Pohjois-Karjala) is a region in Finland, situated in the east part of the country. Its capital, Joensuu, is a high-spirited student city, where you will find the renowned botanical garden - Botania - with a huge garden collection and an arboretum.
This region offers magnificent landscapes - about two thirds of its territory is forested and there are approximately two thousand lakes!
Population: approximately 167 thousand inhabitants
Other major towns: Lieksa, Kitee, Nurmes, Outokumpu
Main attractions: Koli National Park, Botania, North Karelia Museum, Taitokortteli (culture quarter in Joensuu), Outokumpu's Old Mine, Bardic Village of Parppeinvaara, Valamo Monastery, Bomba House
Nearest Airports: Joensuu Airport (JOE - Joensuun lentoasema), Lappeenranta Airport (LPP - Lappeenrannan lentoasema)
There are many outdoor activities possible in the region such as skiing, wild animal watching, ice fishing and biathlon events in Kontiolahti – where a live webcam is set!