Welcome to Parikkala!


Magnificent catches

There are at least 13 different fish species in the lake Simpelejärvi. The lake has its own unique subspecies of the European whitefish, called the Simpele whitefish.
Go fishing >>


Park filled with sculptures

The world-famous Parikkala Sculpture Park is a fine example of Finnish contemporary folk art. The park is open all year round!
Visit the Parikkala Sculpture Park >>


Nocturnal concerts

Siikalahti Wetland is famous for its richness in bird species. Over 250 bird species have been observed in the area.
Go birdwatching >>


Tickle your taste buds

Grab a bite of bison burger, drink coffee at the market place, pick buckthorn berries, taste the delicious Karelian pies and Karelian stew or order a tempting plate full of fried vendace in a restaurant.
Enjoy the local cuisine >>


Memories and souvenirs

The local landscape offers exceptional possibilities. Memories and souvenirs are ready to be harvested by mushroom and berry pickers, photographers and all those who seek experiences.
Experience Parikkala >>


Photo gallery

Take a look at the four seasons and different events in Parikkala.
Photo Gallery >>

Parikkala - Find yourself in the lake scenery

Lakes are the soul of Finland. In the very centre of the soul lies Parikkala, an idyllic, green and lush Karelian municipality, located in the eastern part of the country, on the Finnish-Russian border. Parikkala offers something to see and experience all year round. The original and unique nature is alive and changing constantly, following the life cycle and the seasons. Whether you prefer the frosty white winter or the golden sandy beaches, the lush green forests or the bright blue lakes, Parikkala is the place where you can always find new experiences.

Whereas the unique, interesting nature in the South-East Finland entices the person viewing it, the true magic is found in the people living amongst the nature.  At first glance, everything seems quiet, but there is a lot going on under the surface. The local communities and individuals are active and work together by developing the area and creating happiness in everyone’s life. Here life is worth living, communities are developed and people are happy.

Try something new, find unforgettable experiences, see thousands of smiles and make good memories. Everything is possible. Welcome to Parikkala!

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