is the sixth largest lake in
It is a many-faced lake in the raw, with miles of beautiful
sandy beaches but also barren and rocky stretches of shore. The
as a UNESCO’s World Heritage Site is currently pending.
The Koli Hills
are located on the
Pielinen. They are remains of once several kilometre high mountains
which were formed two billion years ago. The hard quartzite
bedrock, among the oldest in the world, has withstood Ice Age
erosion and frost shattering better than their surroundings to
survive today as the Koli Hills. The
(347m) is formed of two contrasting sides;
Ukkokoli and Pahakoli offer panoramic views over
Pielinen, while Akkakoli over green forests.
Koli is a
national park and hub for outdoor activities. There is an
abundance of bird species. A large number of arctic aquatic
birds, e.g. geese and swans, migrate annually across
regularly sighted in the park are elk, beaver, pine marten and
lynx. Bears and wolves occasionally move through the area. The
flying squirrel inhabits old mixed woods.
times Koli was considered a place where the gods lived. It was a
site of worship and sacrifices. The highest peaks, Ukkokoli and
Akkakoli owe their names to gods of the old.
nationality was a big hit back in late 19th century, foremost
culture people visited Koli to be inspired from the magnificent
views and unspoilt and mythic Finnish nature. Koli
provided the landscape for the Kalevala epic.