Lieksa is 90 km from the nearest major city Joensuu, and you can drive there in a little over an hour.
By public transportation
In the summer you can cross Pielinen by car ferry (site in Finnish only, click on "Autolautta" and scroll down to "MF Pielinen reittiliikenne" for prices and schedules) .
Many of the attractions listed here are off the beaten track and only accessible by car.
- Pielisen Museo, Pappilantie 2, ☎ +358 40 104 4151, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. 10AM-6PM. An open air museum and exhibition halls with log houses, old tools and vehicles and such, where visitors can learn about the daily life in Lieksa once upon a time. adults €5, children under 12 years €1.50.
- The Rukajärvi front. Sites from Second World War battles in the forests northeast of Lieksa.
- Pikkukili, Salonkyläntie 90, Kelvä, ☎ +358 40 5862863, e-mail: email@example.com. A zoo with farm animals almost in the middle of nowhere, halfway to Joensuu along highway 73. Views over Lake Pielinen from the observation tower, and looking east you can see Russia. They also have cottages where you can stay overnight. adults €12, children €10.
- Ruunaa Hiking Centre (Ruunaan retkeilykeskus), Neitikoskentie 73, ☎ +358 13 533 170, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. A kind of "wilderness activity center" in the middle of the forest about 20 km east of Lieksa. Aside from being a hotel it is also a place for white water rafting, fishing, hiking and cross-country skiing in the winter.
- Hotelli Puustelli, Hovileirinkatu 3, ☎ +358 13 511 5500, fax: +358 13 511 5555, e-mail: email@example.com. A basic hotel in the town centre of Lieksa.
- Koli National Park — see Lake Pielinen from the top of Ukko-Koli
- Nurmes — the next town to the north