Koli is a small village in the region of North Karelia in Eastern Finland. The village, populated by only about two hundred fifty permanent inhabitants, is located next to Koli National Park, one of the most popular Finnish hiking spots below the Arctic Circle.
The village of Koli lies about three kilometers away from Ukko-Koli, the highest peak of Koli hill and the starting point of the Herajärven kierros hiking trail, a path consisting of two separate routes of thirty and thirty-five kilometers. The northern and southern circuit can be combined to the full Herajärven kierros circuit hike (about sixty kilometers).
In addition to trekking, there are many other outdoor activities available around Koli, from downhill skiing and snowmobiling to canoeing, river rafting, and boating. Wild animal observing, husky safaris, reindeer tours, and fishing trips can also be organized.
Getting to Koli by public transportation is a bit tricky -- the closest railway station is in Vuonislahti, but there is no bus service from Vuonislahti to the Koli village. Therefore the best option is a bus from Joensuu or a pre-arranged shared cab ("Kimppataksi" service) from Lieksa, Joensuu, or Juuka, all of which can be easily reached by bus from Finnish major cities.
The accommodation options are not too numerous in the village of Koli, but you will find some Koli hostel and hotel options as well as some guesthouses (most offering private cottages). According to the limited number of beds, it is necessary to book in advance, though the helpful Ukko-Koli Visitor Center can usually figure something out.
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