The Koli National Park is located in Eastern Finland not far from the regional centre Joensuu, a one-hour flight from Helsinki.

Koli Nature Centre Ukko

Ylä-Kolintie 39, FI-83960 Koli, FINLAND
Tel. +358 205 64 5654
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Koli Forum 2009

The venue for the Koli Forum is the Nature Centre “Ukko” in Koli National Park. The Nature Centre has been the venue for numerous international events, from scientific seminars to workshops at ministerial level. 


Koli National Park

Koli scenery has a particular significance in Finnish culture as a symbol of national identity. The panorama opening up from the Koli hills over Lake Pielinen is one of the most famous of Finnish national landscapes. The view has inspired many distinguished Finnish artists. The scenery is said to have provided the Finnish composer Jean Sibelius with the inspiration for his fourth symphony. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Koli was a place of pilgrimage for many Finnish painters. The painting Autumn Landscape of Lake Pielisjärvi (Eero Järnefelt 1899) became a symbol of Finnish autonomy and independence.

The Koli region is also one of the oldest destinations for nature tourism in Finland, and today the Koli National Park is one of Finland’s most visited national parks. In 2007 the park was awarded the “European Charter for Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas” certificate issued by the Europarc Federation.

Koli has been voted the most beautiful spot in Finland, featuring panoramic vistas over forests and lakes. The place provides a peaceful and inspiring setting for discussions on natural resources.

The Koli region is one of the oldest destinations for nature tourism and those seeking out solitude in Finland, and today the Koli National Park is one of Finland’s most visited national parks. It is a first-rate area for outdoor pursuits; ideal for hiking, canoeing, fishing and skiing. In winter, Koli hill is also a popular destination for local downhill skiers.


The Break Sokos Hotel Koli and the seminar venue – Nature Centre Ukko – are conveniently located adjacent to each other on Koli hill. Hiking routes of varying lengths start just around the corner. In their free time, there is the possibility for participants in the Koli Forum to hike a few hundred meters to a viewing point opening up a vista towards to Lake Pielinen and over vast forests all the way to the Russian border. Hiking routes require comfortable shoes and, as the weather is already getting colder (the temperature on September may be between +8,6 and +18° C), also warm clothing and gloves.

More tips at Koli tourist information 


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