Arrival to Helsinki, check-in for Joensuu flight
Arrival to Helsinki-Vantaa Airport. Please re-check the departure time for Joensuu flight from your flight ticket. Check-in and baggage drop at Terminal 2 must be done latest 45 minutes before the flight departure. You can do the check-in in advance at Finnair site or at the aiport. In case you have free time before your Joensuu flight, there is a good choice of shops, cafes and restaurants at the airport.
Finnair flight Helsinki – Joensuu 16.10-17.00
Flight to Joensuu takes about 50 minutes. There is coffee, tea and blueberry juice served on board.
Transfer Joensuu airport-Koli 18.00
Find the shuttle taxi with a sign Kolin kimppataksi outside of the terminal. Transfer from Joensuu airport to Koli takes about one hour.
Check-in to Break Sokos Hotel Koli
After arriving to Break Sokos Hotel Koli you have free time to relax.
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.
Overnight in hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel.
Full breakfast buffet is served at the hotel´s 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.
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 will 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. Wear comfortable walking or hiking shoes and weather proof outdoors wear. 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. 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.
OPTIONAL: Lunch. After hiking you might be hungry already. There is a restaurant at the hotel that serves lunch.
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. You may also book additional treatments like massages or facials for a fee.
OPTIONAL: 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.
Overnight in hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel
Full breakfast buffet in the hotel.
Check-out latest at 12.00
After check-out you can store your luggage at the hotel.
OPTIONAL: You still have time to enjoy the nature and fresh air. The local activity provider, Koli Activ, who you met day before on your hike, can organize activities with canoes, skis, bicycles or vehicles like ATVs for a fee. These need to be prearranged and booked in advance from Koli Activ.
Transfer to Joensuu Airport 15.30, check-in
Please check the exact departure time from hotel reception in the morning. Shuttle taxi transfer from the hotel to Joensuu airport takes about one hour. Drop off your baggage to the bag drop desk. You can do the check-in in advance at Finnair site or at the aiport.
Finnair flight to Helsinki 17.30-18.30, transfer to city centre
Finnair flight from Joensuu to Helsinki. Please check the exact fligh departure time from your ticket since the times may vary depending on the day. After baggage claim find the Finnair City Bus stop outside arrival level at Terminal T2. The bus will take you to Elielinaukio Square at Helsinki Central Railway Station in approximately 35 minutes. A short 10 minute walk to your first class downtown hotel. We will confirm the hotel after your booking.
Overnight in hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel
Full buffet breakfast at your hotel. We suggest you check out before the sightseeing. You can store your luggage at the hotel.
Helsinki Panorama Sightseeing tour 11.00-12.45
An audio guided (several languages including English, Chinese and Japanese) Helsinki Panorama Sightseeing city tour starts from Fabianinkatu street tourist bus stop in the middle of the Esplanade Park in downtown Helsinki. Please arrive to the tourist bus stop 15 minutes before the tour departure. During the approximately 1,5 hour city tour you will drive past the main sights of Helsinki and hear interesting stories behind them. There will be a short stop at the famous Temppeliaukio Church, graved in rock, and the Sibelius Monument before the tour ends at the Esplanade Park. The comfortable double decker tour bus is air conditioned and heated in winter and has a free wifi. Please note, that the entrance fee to Temppeliaukio church is not included (3 euros/ person, to be paid on the spot).
OPTIONAL: After the sightseeing tour, you might still have time to explore the main shopping streets Esplanade with brand shops and Aleksanterinkatu as well as Mannerheimintie where you find bigger malls like Kämp Galleria or Forum and the Stockmann department store.
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:
- Three single tickets for the Finnair City Bus
- Finnair flights Helsinki – Joensuu – Helsinki in economy class
- Shuttle taxi transport Joensuu airport – Koli – Joensuu airport
- 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
- One overnight at a downtown Helsinki hotel in a standard guest room, breakfast buffet (See our hotel partners, click here)
Please make sure you have weather proof outdoors wear and comfortable hiking shoes according to the season.