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Eastern Finland is a former province of Finland and it is formed of 3 regions and 54 municipalities. It is bordered by the former province of Oulu, Western Finland, Southern Finland and Russia. This side of the country is also identified as Itä-Suomen lääni or Östra Finlands län and it is a part of the Finnish Lakeland or Järvi-Suomi. Being born due to glacial melt after the Ice Age, this area represents a natural paradise where a labyrinth of islands, rivers and lakes can be explored. There are more than 1000 lakes and 200 000 cottages in the largest lake district in Europe that is visited by millions of tourists who are eager to discover natural treasures of northern Europe, hike and practise their favourite water sports.
Eastern Finland is a land of history and cultural where medieval sights and picturesque towns can be seen everywhere. A wealthy culture is perfectly mixed with this surreal, natural environment that is covered in green shades. The three main regions that lie in this area, North Karelia, Northern Savonia and Southern Savonia, are impressive territories where clean waters and lush forests will amaze nature enthusiasts. Among the most popular destinations in Eastern Finland is the Joensuu district, the capital of the former province, Mikkeli, Kuopio, Savonlinna, etc.
Tourists who are planning to spend a vacation here will encounter numerous adventure opportunities, as well as fascinating tourist attractions. Those who are interested in discovering unique structures will be able to visit the world’s largest church in Kerimaki, the Koli National Park that has hypnotizing views and has been a source of inspiration for artists like Jean Sibelius, Eero Jarnefelt, etc. Travellers who will reach this destination will encounter breath-taking historic sights and electrifying tourist objectives such as the Olavinlinna Castle in Savonlinna, the Imatra Waterfall, the Pujio Tower in Kuopio, the Imatrankoski, the Olavinlinna Fortress where the Opera Festival is held, the Finnish Forest Museum, the Cathedral of Mikkeli and many other stunning architectural masterpieces and natural locations. Beautiful lake sceneries can be admired during boat tours, hikes and walking tours.
Tourists who are looking to spend unwinding moments in an exceptional environment are welcome to visit spa centres and wellness facilities in the area. Eastern Finland is not just about incredible landscapes and powerful nature, but also about entertainment and energy. Mikkeli, an important town and municipality in the region of Southern Savonia with plenty of Art Nouveau style buildings, is this country’s most popular location for family vacations. It is well-known for its idyllic lakeside cottages, cultural events and festivals. The Kangasniemi Music Festival, the Mikkeli Music Festival, etc., gather numerous tourists who are interested in discovering this interesting culture. Also, music festivals can be enjoyed in Joensuu, such as the Ilosaarirock Festival, the Rokumentti Rock Festival, etc.
Travellers who enjoy diversity, water sports and nature should definitely include this destination on their bucket list.
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