Valamo Monastery is situated in the municipality of Heinävesi, close to trunk road no. 23 from Varkaus to Joensuu and beside the clear waters of Lake Juojärvi. It is easy to reach by bus, train or private car and is about 65 km away from the nearest airport, in Joensuu. It is also possible to buy complete package tours to the monastery by bus.
Its unique surroundings, peaceful atmosphere and comprehensive restaurant and accommodation services make the monastery an attractive tourist destination where it is pleasant to stay on for some days. Attention has been paid to both children and the physically handicapped when planning its amenities. The monastery is open every day of the year and no entry fee is charged.
The monastery is also ready to receive conference and business visitors as well as private individuals and groups, and it is also a popular place for larger family gatherings and celebrations.
How to find us
The Valamo Monastery is easily accessible by both car and public transport.
Distances from other locations: Helsinki 400 km, Turku 500 km, Kuopio 100 km, Savonlinna 120 km, Joensuu 65 km, Varkaus 65 km, Outokumpu 45 km and Heinävesi 40 km
From Helsinki allow five hours for your journey. You can get directions to Valamo by using the Google Map below:
By coach / train
Valamo is served by a direct, twice daily coach service from Helsinki. The journey time is approximate six hours. There is also a direct service from Joensuu bus station.
There are frequent train services to Joensuu, from where you may take a bus to the Valamo monastery.
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The nearest airport is Joensuu, which is located 57 km (35 miles) from Valamo. Please view airport information and flight connections at Finavia website