Bomba's Karelian Village

Nurmes, North Karelia, Finland

Winter in the North Karelia region is all about snow, cozy evenings around the campfire and saunas. In summer, on the other hand, the long days invite you to engage in lots of exciting outdoor activities around the numerous lakes.

Bomba's Karelian Village is a large complex and offers a wide range of activities in all seasons. It is located in the middle of the forest on Lake Pielinen not far from the city of Nurmes and has its own restaurant and a large spa area. There are hotel rooms and apartments with and without a sauna. The apartments have their own kitchens. The interior is overall Scandinavian simple with lots of wood and light colors.

The Bomba House was built in 1977/78 and has an interesting history, as it is a reconstruction of a house built in 1855 in Russian Karelia. The original idea behind the building was to offer people a corresponding place on the Finnish side after their evacuation after World War II, where they can continue to cultivate their Karelian culture. Nearby there is a well-preserved chapel (Tsasouna) and a meeting and event house (Kalevan-Hovi) in the same architectural style - dark wood and colorful decorations on the window frames, bay windows and railings.

There are also a few Karelian handicraft boutiques, regular events and traditional restaurants that are particularly well-known for their stews. Then as now, the main thing on the plate is what can be found in nature, such as mushrooms, herbs, berries, game and fish – also cured, pickled and dried.

The forests, the lake, the cultural offerings and the relaxed lifestyle in harmony with nature ensure all-round beautiful and active outdoor holidays.

Rooms + Rates

per night
Double roomfrom105 €
Apartmentfrom140 €
Suitefrom200 €


ArchitectureThe Karelian architectural style is historical and not often found nowadays. The round long trunks and the artistic decorations are unique. The tree trunks give the buildings an authentic natural feel.

FoodIn the restaurant, regional food such as freshly caught fish or fresh mushrooms is served. In addition, consistent attention is paid to avoiding food waste. The chef's recommendation is the Valamo menu, specially designed by the chef. It aims to preserve Karelian culture along with the wines of the Valamo Monastery. It's a five-course meal and each dish is paired with a specific wine. This menu is a representation of Karelian cuisine with a modern twist.

EnvironmentThe waste has been recycled on the site since the founding years. Only environmentally friendly and vegan skin and hair care products of organic quality are used. There is automated lighting, LED lamps, water-saving showers and taps, heat recovery from waste water and 100% renewable energy.

Well-BeingThere is a lake sauna with spa and beauty treatments, massages and physiotherapy. The spa has a normal sauna, a steam room and a slightly cooler sauna. There are also several pools, including a large pool with power showers, a cold pool, hot tubs, and a relaxation area with heated seats. There is also a gym.


  • Original holiday village on the shore of breathtakingly beautiful Lake Pielinen in North Karelia
  • Karelian-inspired dishes made from local ingredients are served at Bomba Restaurant
  • Enjoy a campfire right by the lake
  • Karelian pie workshops and wine tasting possible
  • Many activities possible in the area: numerous hiking routes and guided tours, kick sleds possible in winter
  • Also suitable for larger groups and events

Hotel resort111 rooms + 8 apartmentsRestaurant + own cooking facilities in the apartmentsChildren welcomeWi-FiDisabled accessPoolPets allowed


  • Karelian village with 50 rooms, hotel with 61 rooms + 8 apartments
  • Two in-house restaurants with regional specialties
  • Apartments with their own cooking facilities
  • Large sauna and spa area right on the lake
  • Gym + multiple pools
  • Rowing boats, canoes, SUP boards and bike rentals are close-by
  • Mini golf, disc golf, billiards and volleyball
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Rooms + Rates

per night
Double roomfrom105 €
Apartmentfrom140 €
Suitefrom200 €

Location + Directions

By car

From Joensuu it takes about 1.5 hours by car to Nurmes (131 km). It takes just under 5.5 hours (432 km) from Tampere and a good 6 hours (521 km) from Helsinki. The exact address can be found on the website.

With public transport

There is a train station in Nurmes. The train station is less than 3 km from Bomba House. A pick-up can be organized on request.