Kontiolahti is a municipality that was founded in 1873 and is situated in the heart of North Karelia in Eastern Finland.
Long-distance buses terminate at the central bus station in Joensuu, adjacent to Mannerheimintie and within easy walking distance of the Central Railway Station.
The Koli National Park lies in the municipalities of Eno, Lieksa and Kontiolahti, on the western shore of Lake Pielinen and covers 3000 hectares.
In general, Finland is a fairly safe country, and Kontiolahti is no exception. There are no exceptional crime problems or health hazards.