The northern Part of Karelia, close to Russia
North Karelia is the most northern part of Karelia and the most eastern area in the continental part of the European Union. Only Cyprus is even more eastern situated. Karelia is in these days splitted up into a Russian and a Finnish part, while in earlier days the border line was changing several times during war times.
The province (lääni) of Eastern Finland has 3 so called "countries" (maakunta) and North Karelia is one of those. North Karelia has 16 communities and covers a total area of 21'584 km2 (of which 3'821 km2 lakes). It is also the area of Finland with the smallest number of habitants (not even 10 persons/km2).
North Karelia has a fascinating, almost untouched and unspoiled nature, created in the last ice-age, dominated by lakes, rivers, swamps, endless forests and gentle hills with uncountable possibilities for your active holiday.
Eräkeskus: the best place for an active, unforgettable and exciting holiday
Here a few reasons, why we call Eräkeskus "the best place" and a few ideas for your individual holiday-planning in North Karelia: