Cultural tourism will be one of the main themes for Wild Taiga tourism in the future, combining the culture and nature of the region. Supported by the designation of the city of Kuhmo as a city of literature of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network in 2019, Kuhmo’s application was initiated by the Juminkeko Foundation and was based on the idea of Kuhmo as the home of the Kalevala. The Finnish national epic has been translated into more than 60 languages, and the cultural heritage with its runosinging have been the cornerstones of culture and identity of the Finnish people and Finland. Juminkeko foundation has worked for the preservation of Kalevala traditions and culture for a long time. In 1985, Juminkeko’s predecessor, Kuhmo Kulttuurikornitsa center, was founded in Kuhmo to uphold Karelian traditions and to improve public awareness of this cultural heritage in Finland. Construction of the Kuhmo Juminkeko was finished in 1999 as part of the New Kalevala’s Commemoratory Year and the Kuhmo Kulttuurikornitsa Foundation became the Juminkeko Foundation at the beginning of 2000. Today, the center is the Finnish State’s permanent monument to the Kalevala.
From the Rough Waters of COVID Pandemic to a Promising Literature Tourism Season 2021.
Tourism as one of the main industries in Kainuu, has of course been suffering from the travel restrictions and uncertainty caused by COVID. Also, the flights to the regional capital Kajaani were on a complete hold for months. Luckily for Kainuu, the safer pandemic situation in the region and the convenient distance in the middle of Finland have temporarily helped us to replace lots of the foreign tourism that was totally stopped with domestic tourism. We have worked on the safety issues and special travel bubbles and are now proceeding on our vaccinations and keenly preparing our COVID exit plans, welcoming foreign tourists with open arms as soon as the borders are open. Our destinations are open and running, and also the flights to Kajaani have been started again in May.
Welcome to Kainuu, Arctic Lakeland, to experience both sides of Finland!
In the unique Northern region of Kainuu, you can enjoy clean air, lakes and rivers teeming with fish and rugged landscapes of untouched hills and wilderness. If you would like to see more of the Finnish landscape or take part in a range of diverse sports and activities visit Arctic Lakelands Website to find out more.
Cultural Events in Kuhmo and Kainuu.
The expectations for summer 2021 are high in Kuhmo and plans for the annual cultural events are proceeding again. If you haven’t heard about Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival or Sommelo Ethno Music Festival yet, check the events out now, Kainuu could well be the place for you to satisfy your appetite for culture and adventure!.