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Lieksa is a town in North Karelia, at the eastern shore of Lake Pielinen.
By carLieksa is 90 km from the nearest major city Joensuu, and you can drive there in a little over an hour.
By public transportationLieksa is connected to Joensuu by local train and bus.
By ferryIn the summer you can cross Pielinen by car ferry.
The centre of Lieksa is compact, but many of the attractions listed here are off the beaten track and only accessible by car.
Pielisen Museophone: +358 40 104 4151address: Pappilantie 2An open air museum and exhibition halls with log houses, old tools and vehicles and such, where visitors can learn about the daily life in Lieksa once upon a time.
phone: +358 13 521-929address: Asema-aukio 2Sites from Second World War battles in the forests northeast of Lieksa. Office and exhibitions at the railway station.
Paateri churchA wooden church designed like no other. In Paateri, 25 km south of Lieksa.
phone: +358 40 5862863address: Salonkyläntie 90, KelväA zoo with farm animals almost in the middle of nowhere, halfway to Joensuu along highway 73. Views over Lake Pielinen from the observation tower, and looking east you can see Russia. They also have cottages where you can stay overnight.
Patvinsuo National ParkIn the southern part of Lieksa municipality.
phone: +358 13 533 170address: Neitikoskentie 73A kind of "wilderness activity center" in the middle of the forest about 20 km east of Lieksa. Aside from being a hotel it is also a place for white water rafting, fishing, hiking and cross-country skiing in the winter.
phone: +358 13 511 5500address: Hovileirinkatu 3A basic hotel in the town centre of Lieksa.
- Koli National Park — see Lake Pielinen from the top of Ukko-Koli
- Nurmes — the next town to the north