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Making of Karelian Pies in Koli

Making of Karelian Pies in Koli

Karelian pies  are loved by all the Finns but only a few have the skill to make them. Yet. Iris, the hostess of Jänisvaara farm in Koli, bakes thousands of Karelian pies every year. In summer every morning she makes pies for her guests. During this visit it is you, who make the pies, not Iris.First you will cook rice porridge and prepare dough, which is then rolled out to round plates and filled with porridge. Also mashed potatoes can be used as filling. Take a look at our pictures to see the whole process.Taste guarantee, getting the shape of the pies perfect requires training.

Jänisvaara  is an authentic Karelian farm with fabulous, 10 km wide views towards Koli. The farm has also some domestic animals. By lake Pielinen there is a outside fireplace and a smoke sauna, which you will visit. Also swimming is possible, although water is rather cold in both May and September. What you will experince here is the most genuine, quiet countryside together with your group of friends.

Paddling tour  starts from the harbour restaurant Alamaja.  A chain of narrow islands created by the withdrawing ice-cap at the end of the ice age 11 000 years ago runs through Lake Pielinen from north-west to south-east. That is why it is interesting to see Koli from the water. You will use canoes for two people. Your guide will choose the route according to the weather.

Hiking tour  starts by visiting the three most famous hill tops called Ukko, Akka and Paha (=old man, old woman and the eval). After admiring the views you will continue to the meadows of Mäkränaho, where you will be served a nature's own energy drink after which you have strenght again to continue via the little Koli to the heritage center, where you started. 

Koli Relax Spa  is a new type of spa, in which you are treating yourself in different pools, showers and saunas. You will get with you a bucket full of personal care products. You may take with you drinks from the café bar and also order them to the pool area. Main idea is to offer visitors peaceful own time. Children under 18yrs are allowed to visit the spa only with theri parent/s and can only use the spa until 4pm after which only adults use the spa until 8pm.   

 

MAKING OF KARELIAN PIES AND PIECE OF COUNTRYSIDE IN KOLI

Accommodation:  in cottages at Jänisvaara farm (linen are included)

Meals:  according to the program

Equipment:  canoes and life-wests as well as a water-proof bag for goods. Pleas take with you outdoor clothes, good shoes for hiking, a swimming suit and an apron. 

Program: sample

Arrival day

  • 10.40am Joensuun airport (Finnair 9.40)
  • 12am  arrival in Jänisvaara
  • 12.30am lunch: borsh soup
  • 2pm  transportation to Alamaja for a paddling tour on lake Pielinen
  • 4.30pm transportation back to Jänisvaara 
  • 5pm  evening dinner will wait for you at the cottage: leak pie and salads, juice, coffee or tea 

1. day

  • 8-9 breakfast
  • 9am Karelian pie workshop: you will bake the pies all the way from dough to delicious tasty pies
  • 12am pies with coffee or tea for lunch
  • 1-5pm own time  
  • 5pm dinner: roasted vegetables and mushroom-meatloaf
  • 7pm smoke sauna evening

Departure day:

  • 8-10am  breakfast
  • 10-12am own time
  • 12am leaving to Koli
  • 12.15 lunch 
  • 1-4pm hiking trip from Ukko-Koli to Mäkränaholle and back
  • 4-7pm Relax Spa Koli
  • 7.10pm transportationt to the airport
  • 9.40pm plane leaves to Helsinki  (arrival 10.40pm)

Please note, in case you use your own car, the share of airport transfer will be deducted.

 

LOCATION: Koli
Airport: Joensuu (flights from Helsinki 97€-110€/person) 
Railway station: Joensuu (group ticket for groups over 6=126€/person)

Category Tours
Location Forest
Price 345€/person for 8- 511,20€ for 5 participants
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Duration 2 days
Meals Full pension
Accomodation in cottage at a Karelian farm
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