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Niirala is in North Karelia in Eastern Finland.


An official border crossing between Finland and Russia located on the Finnish side of the border. Open 24h.

Get in[edit]

72km southeast from Joensuu on the main road 9, nearly 300km west from Petrozavodsk in Russia and about 400km northwest from Saint Petersburg. Border crossing is allowed by a motor vehicle or by bike. Hitchhikers need to get someone to drive them through the border controll and customs. Very limited public transport options but some buses driving to Russia do pass here. About 1km from the closest bus stop, 'Niiralan kauppa' on the Finnish side. Closest train stop in Kitee.

Get around[edit]

In the lack of public transport driving a car or a bicycle is highly recommended.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Mill museum in Värtsilä (Myllymuseo), Värtsiläntie 367 b, +358 13285481. On Sundays in July from noon to 3pm. free.  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Excellent kayaking on the Jänisjoki river
  • One of the top bird watching locations in Finland nearby lake Sääperi
  • Värtsiläpäivät local summer fair in the end of July (20th-21st in 2013)

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • Itähuolinta, (Coming from Russia on the left after about 1km.). Food delicacies, gifts, jewellery, vat returns.  edit
  • Two flea markets in Värtsilä (kirpputori), Hopeakalliontie 3 (Coming from Russia turn right towards Värtsilä at the first crossing on the Finnish side. The fleamarkets are only 4km away).  edit
  • Local handmade jewellery by Paula Wesa (at Hotelli Joki), Hopeakalliontie 3D.  edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

Restaurants: * Rajapysäkki (Niiralan kauppa), Rajantie 690, Niirala (From Russia on the right hand side 1km after the Finnish customs). 07:00-18:00 on weekdays, 09:00-18:00 on weekends. A petrol station with a small grocery store. Pizza, burgers and steaks; lunch on weekdays.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Hotelli Joki, Hopeakalliontie 3D (Coming from Russia, turn right towards Värtsilä 1km after the Finnish customs and drive 4km until the sign on the right.), +358 400888681 (), [1]. A stylish apartment hotel with affordable rates and friendly 24h service. Self-catering or private dining on prior reservation. Activity packages available. Lounge bar and summer terrace open also for non-residents. 32-65€ per person inc. breakfast, guest sauna, wifi & parking.  edit
  • Jänisjoen tuvat, [2].  edit
  • Ellilän matkailutila, [3].  edit
  • Majatalo Sinilintu, [4].  edit
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