Koli National Park
One of the best known natural attractions and one of the best known national landscapes in Finland.
- The size of the park is 3000 ha (30 km²) and it is located in the cities of Joensuu and Lieksa and the municipality of Kontiolahti.
- Area was established on April 10, 1991, expanded in 1996.
- National Park is divided into three zones according to the main conservation objectives. National landscape and geology are considered in the zone covering the highest peaks of Koli. The cultural zone is located just outside the village. The cultural zone maintains the diversity of traditional landscapes by cutting, grazing and treating eg. mowing.
- The yard with its old buildings, the ranches and sheep grazing in the open air in the middle of an open birch-lined cultural landscape, are pearls of cascade culture.
- Specifically, the diverse plant species require annual maintenance meadows to survive. The natural zone protects the forest of the dangers. The nature of the area is very diverse in terms of landscape and it allows for a large number of different biotopes in a small area and thus a very diverse species. The Rocky Mountains are rugged, the shady slopes is covered with old spruce or birch trees.
- The most famous vantage point in Koli National Park is Ukko-Koli, which offers a magnificent view to the east of Pielinen.
- In the vicinity of the peak are Nature Center Ukko and Break Sokos Hotel Koli. There is two long landscape lifts to the south and north in the summer.
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