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Explore the beautiful city of Kuopio and visit Rauhalahti next summer!

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The beautiful city of Kuopio awaits you

Kuopio’s unique lake landscape is at its most beautiful in the summer. Various events and lovely sunny days make the summer the busiest season of the year for the city.

The Nordic Rally will be held on 6–10 July in Rauhalahti, Kuopio. Matkailukeskus Rauhalahti is one of the five five-star camping areas in Finland. The campsite offers versatile camping services, restaurant services and a wide range of recreational activities. A summer theatre, Spa Hotel Rauhalahti and an animal park are found right in the vicinity of the campsite.

In addition to the usual electric bikes, the campsite also rents fatbikes, kayaks, canoes, rowing boats and SUP boards. Paintball games can also be organised in the area upon request. Children also have access to pedal cars and indoor and outdoor playgrounds.

Naturally, the area also has a good and child-friendly beach, family saunas and several barbecue areas.

Versatile outdoor activities

Matkailukeskus Rauhalahti is located just six kilometres from the centre of Kuopio. The city centre can be easily reached by bus or boat.

The boat departs from the campsite beach and tickets can be purchased directly on the boat. The Kuopio harbour also provides access to the Archipelago City canal cruises, which allow you to explore Kuopio’s most significant and fastest growing residential construction area. By 2020, the area will have about 14,000 inhabitants. Despite the heavy construction, the area presents delightful views that combine old and new in a stylish manner.

There are several guided nature trails in Kuopio. Lake Kallavesi, which is located in Kuopio, offers great opportunities for water sports and has plenty of guest boats and excursion harbours. Berths can be found all around the city. Most beaches near the city centre also have separate canoeing docks.

The hiking routes in the Kuopio area offer versatile experiences for hikers and bikers. Holiday Centre Tahko, approximately 65 kilometres from Kuopio, offers great opportunities, for example, for mountain biking, hiking and canoeing.

Come and admire the far-reaching views from Puijo Hill

The unique lake scenery is present everywhere in the city, but from the Puijo Tower it looks particularly beautiful. Located a few kilometres from the market square, visitors have come to Puijo to admire the magnificent scenery for over 150 years. The current 75-metre high tower was completed in 1963. Various restaurant services can also be found around Puijo Hill.

Kuopio’s Passenger Harbour is the busiest harbour in the Vuoksi watercourse and an attraction in itself. The area also has a harbour park with beautiful old harbour buildings. The recreational area of Väinölänniemi is located near the harbour. In addition to a sports field, Kuopio’s most popular beach and several informal swimming areas can also be found on the Väinölänniemi cape.

The specialty of the province, “kalakukko”, is a fish pie where a rye pastry crust is filled with small fish and bacon and roasted in a baking oven. Definitely worth tasting! We also recommend a visit to to Muikkuravintola Sampo, a restaurant on Kauppakatu street that specialises in vendace dishes. The restaurant celebrated its 85th anniversary last year. In addition to their delicious fried vendace and mashed potatoes, the authentic atmosphere in the restaurant is an experience in itself!

Kuopio’s Market Hall by the market square, which was opened 115 years ago, takes you time travelling to the past. The market hall offers a wide range of products produced in the province.

Kuopio’s Market Square commences its summer season at the end of May, and market fairs are held both in the market square and the harbour square. During the summer, several national events are held Kuopio, including the Kuopio Wine Festival and the Kuopio RockCock festival, among others.

Upscale camping along the way

Whether you are travelling by land or ferry to Helsinki, Turku or Vaasa, there is plenty to see on the way. There are also plenty of options available for accommodation.

If you arrive in Helsinki by ferry, you can stay at Rastila Camping Helsinki. Rastila is one of the five-star camping areas in Finland. The campsite is located right at the edge of the city, so you can easily explore the capital, for example, by metro.

Those who cross the border in the northern part of Finland have many route options. If you are driving to Kuopio via Oulu, you should stop at the Nallikari Holiday Village, which is also a five-star camping area. The Rantasarka campsite in Haukipudas in the northern part of Oulu is also an attractive destination.

The Lake Oulujärvi region offers spectacular sandy beaches and pine forests. There are many great campsites around the lake, including the five-star Manamansalo Camping.

Image: Pihla Peurasaari / Visit Finland

Across the sea to Finland

Ferryboats run regularly between Finland and Sweden. Some vessels also serve as high-quality entertainment centres.

The Turku region has several campsites and you can easily explore the city while staying, for example, at Ruissalo Camping. The Turku Archipelago has many attractive and well-maintained campsites, and the neighbouring town of Naantali together with its Moominworld is a popular destination among families with children.

For those who travel through Vaasa, we recommend Kalliojärven Lukkuhaka Camping in Isokyrö or Kalajärvi Camping in Peräseinäjoki. Both campsites are members of SF-Caravan. SF-Caravan’s 54 member associations provide camping opportunities throughout Finland.

As many as 25 of the SF-Caravan campsites have received a “Caravan Smiley” quality mark, which is based on a quality system developed and maintained by SF-Caravan. The quality mark indicates that the campsite provides all basic services. In addition, it also indicates that the staff and visitors are requested to follow the provided safety regulations, which ensure that all buildings and technical equipment at the campsite are properly maintained and the campsite has adequate first aid equipment.

Learn more about the Caravan Smiley campsites at Clubcampings.fi.

Image: Tallink-Silja / Visit Finland

Activities and places to visit

The peaceful nature, hiking trails, glimmering lakes, luxurious spas, innovative programme services, shopping malls, many attractions, events and the city’s rich cultural life provide endless opportunities for visitors of all ages!

Kuopio

Kuopio is a Finnish city located in the region of Northern Savonia. The city is home to approximately 118,000 residents. The city is situated on the shores of Lake Kallavesi, and several parts of it are built on islands. Kuopio is known for its market square, Finnish fish pastry dish (Kalakukko) and the Puijo Tower.

Rauhalahti – A five- star camping area

20 all-year-round holiday villas and cabins, 67 summer cottages, 237 caravan pitches with electric hook-ups, and a large camping area. Welcome!