Arrival to Helsinki, transfer to city centre
Arrival to Helsinki airport. After immigration find the Finnair City Bus stop outside arrival level at Terminal T2 or T1. The bus will take you to Elielinaukio Square at Helsinki Central Railway Station in 35 minutes. A short 10 minute walk to your first class downtown hotel, we will confirm your hotel after your booking. Check in starts at 15.00 but you can leave your luggage stored to the hotel if you arrive earlier.
Overnight in hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel, check-out
Breakfast in hotel, check out. Walk the short distance to the Helsinki Central Railway Station.
Train Helsinki-Joensuu 10.15-14.40
The train ride from Helsinki to Joensuu takes about 4,5 hours. There is a restaurant car on a train.
After arriving to Joensuu railway station, find the shuttle taxi outside of the terminal (the car has a sign “Kolin kimppataksi”). The journey to Koli will take approximately an hour. Check in to Break Sokos Hotel Koli
OPTIONAL: Sauna and dinner. Why not try the hotel sauna to relax after a long journey? The sauna is available free of charge for hotel guests daily between 16.00-21.00. The hotel’s main restaurant “Grill it” specializes in steaks and local Karelian food traditions. The hotel offers also more casual cafeteria with a bar.
Breakfast at the hotel
A breakfast buffet in the main restaurant. Today you can enjoy fresh air, light hiking in the forest and beautiful landscapes with breathtaking views from the Koli hills over the Pielinen lake. Wear comfortable walking or hiking shoes and weather proof outdoors wear.
Visit Ukko Nature Center 10.00
Visit the Ukko Nature Center exhibition to familiarize yourself with the surrounding vast forests, lakes, hills and the wild life typical to the area. Ukko is located opposite of the hotel. You receive the entrance tickets at the hotel reception upon your check-in.
Guided outdoor activities 11.30 (1,5 hours)
You will meet your local hiking guide at the reception of Ukko Nature center. You will be guided through a hiking path at your leisure over the most beautiful hills of Koli. The natural path is not paved and there are few steps as well. In any case you will hear about the local life, nature and animals while enjoying a vitalizing and fresh outdoors activity during this approximately one hour hike. If you really love hiking, your guide can recommend you some additional routes on your own. Please note that in the wintertime the hike will be done with snowshoes.
Visit Koli Relax Spa 16.00 –
In the afternoon, put on your bath robe and slippers and head for the unique Koli Relax Spa at the hotel. You will be given a special bath bucket, kiulu, with several spa products at the entrance. If you have a travel companion with you, one kiulu has spa products enough for both and you can exchange the second kiulu to drink vouchers to be used in the spa bar.
At the Koli Relax Spa you can try different pools both inside and outside, showers with themed atmospheres like rain forest or a cool Nordic waterfall and of course bathe in different saunas. The spa is for adults only and we recommend at least couple of hours for a relaxing experience.
OPTIONAL: Book spa treatments (for example massages or facials) for a fee.
In the evening you can admire the landscapes either during an evening walk or through the big windows of the hotel restaurant. The landscape is different on every season. Weather permitting you may admire the northern lights on dark winter nights or wonder the midnight sun on light summer nights. The middle seasons spring and autumn have their particular charm as well.
Breakfast at the hotel, check-out
After the breakfast buffet it is time to check-out from your room.
Transfer from Koli to Joensuu railway station
Shuttle taxi transfer from the hotel to Joensuu railway station.
Train Joensuu-Helsinki 12.20-16.40
After arriving to Helsinki, a short 10 minute walk to your first class downtown hotel. We will confirm your hotel after your booking. Check-in and rest of the night free time.
Breakfast at the hotel, check-out latest at 12.00
Full buffet breakfast at your hotel. We suggest you to check-out and store your luggage at the front desk if you have an afternoon or evening flight. Depending on your flight schedule, free time to explore the city and do some last minute shopping before heading to the airport.
Departure to the airport
Departure from Elielinaukio Square by Finnair City Bus according to your flight schedule. We suggest you to arrive to the airport latest 1,5 hours before your flight. Please check the bus schedule in advance here choose the optimal bus journey. The journey will take approximately 35 minutes. There is a good choice of shops and restaurants at the airport.
Have a good flight and welcome back to Finland!
Included in the program:
- Two single tickets/ person for the Finnair City Bus
- Two overnights (1+1) at a downtown Helsinki hotel in a standard guest room, breakfast buffet (See our hotel partners, click here)
- Train tickets Helsinki – Joensuu – Helsinki
- Shuttle taxi transport Joensuu – Koli – Joensuu
- Two overnights at Break Sokos Hotel Koli in a standard guest room, breakfast buffet (See our hotel partners, click here)
- Entrance to Ukko Nature center
- Entrance to Koli Relax Spa and a bath bucket with several spa products
- Guided hiking tour at Koli
Please make sure you have weather proof / warm outdoors wear and comfortable hiking shoes according to the season.