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Forest Finland
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The remoteness of Forest Finland has meant that the beauty of the wild, vast forests, rivers and lakes has remained quite unspoiled. It is a popular area for canoe and hiking trips, and also rapid-shooting.

Northern Karelia, the southernmost part of Forest Finland, lies in the ‘bulge’ to the east of Lake Pielinen. The Koli Heights (347m/1138ft), the highest point in Northern Karelia and overlooks the lake. A large percentage of the Finnish Orthodox population lives in this area, and the region has preserved its own special character, customs and food. One speciality is known far beyond the region, the Karjalan piirakka, a Karelian (rice and potato) pasty. Kainuu, the area around Lake Oulujärvi, is wild and beautiful with vast forests, marshes, deep lakes and rapids. Vuokatti, close to Sotkamo village, specialises in cross-country skiing.

Main towns and Resorts

Imatra, Iisalmi, Joensuu, Jyväskylä, Kuopio, Kajaani, Lahti, Lappeenranta, Lieksa, Mikkeli, Nurmes, Outokumpu, Savonlinna, Tampere, Valkeakoski and Varkaus.