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Punkaharju - Itä-Karjalan Kansanopisto

Valoniementie 32, Punkaharju, 58450, Finland

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College is situated in a location of the magnificent Punkaharju ridge. One of the best known natural sights in the country.

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Punkaharju Hostel

Hostel Punkaharju

Hostelling International

Welcome to our hostel

Itä-Karjalan kansanopisto is located in Punkaharju, on the beautiful island of Vaahersalo, on the shore of Lake Saimaa. The summer hostel is about 7 kilometres (4.5 miles) from the centre of Punkaharju towards the town of Savonlinna., The hostel has single, twin and triple rooms, and a maximum of 2 rooms will share one shower and toilet. We also have a slide for wheelchairs and a disabled toilet.

The hostel facilities include fully-equipped meeting rooms. Meals are available from breakfast only to full board, but it is also possible to cook your own meals in the customer kitchen. The hostel also has a self-service laundry.

Guests can rent the sauna and the lounge with a fireplace which are right on the lake. There is also a barbecue area close by. The surrounding nature offers great opportunities for exercise and roaming in the woods.

There are several cultural and sport events taking place in the Savonlinna region during the summer season. These include Opera Festival, ballet visits, Retretti Art Centre, Lusto Forest Culture days, Sulkava Rowing Race and Mobile Phone Throwing World Championships.


Prices are non-member prices

Sorry, there is no availability for the dates you have chosen or the hostel is closed. Please refer to the hostel information for contact details and opening dates.

Dorms - Per guest per night


Private - Per room per night


Important info

  • 24-hour check-in is not available
  • Government-issued photo ID is required to check in.
  • Rates quoted assume guests are not members of Hostelling International or a National Youth Hostel Association
  • A discount of 10 % of rates quoted is available to members on arrival.
  • Prices and product availability is as accurate as possible but may be subject to change during checkout



Leisure & Fitness

  • Common room
  • Garden
  • Playground
  • Sauna
  • TV room
  • Table tennis / ping pong
  • Terrace / patio


  • Suitable for wheelchair users

Food & Drink

  • Self-catering kitchen
  • Restaurant onsite
  • Café/Bistro

Facilities - Internet Access

  • Computers
  • Computer Charges - Free

Facilities - In-Hostel Services

  • Car Parking at Hostel
  • Car Parking at Hostel Type - Free
  • Conference Facilities
  • Cycle Storage
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Library / Book Swap
  • Lockers Available
  • Locker Type - In Room
Opening times

Opening times

Open all year

From 08:00 to 22:00
From 09:00 to 21:00

Get in touch

Get in touch

Tel. +358-15-57211 +358-50-363 5114

Fax. +358-15-572 1220

Main attractions

Main attractions

  • Punkaharju ridge and lake Saimaa (500m to 1km)
  • Finnish Forest Museum Lusto (3 to 5km)
  • Castle Olavinlinna in Savonlinna (More than 10km)

See the full list of attractions



I enjoyed very much staying this YH. Great !


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Mon 01 Jul 2013

A perfect location and a comfortable stay at a reasonable price. We will come again.


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Sun 16 Jun 2013


Around the hostel

Around the hostel

Nearby attractions

  • Amusement / Theme park (5 to 10km)
  • Beach (At or next to the hostel)
  • Cinema (More than 10km)
  • City Centre (5 to 10km)
  • Cycle trails (2 to 3km)
  • Golf course (More than 10km)
  • Gym (1 to 2km)
  • Hiking / Walking trails (Less than 500m)
  • Local market (5 to 10km)
  • Mountainous Area (1 to 2km)
  • Museums / Art Galleries (3 to 5km)
  • National / State Park (1 to 2km)
  • Nightlife (More than 10km)
  • Parks / Green Area (At or next to the hostel)
  • Restaurants (1 to 2km)
  • River / Harbour / Lake (At or next to the hostel)
  • Shopping area / Mall (5 to 10km)
  • Ski area (1 to 2km)
  • Swimming pool (1 to 2km)
  • Supermarket / Food store (5 to 10km)
  • Theatre (More than 10km)
  • Water park (5 to 10km)
  • Wooded Area (At or next to the hostel)
Getting to us

Getting to us

35 km Savonlinna
0.5km Vahersalo
Alternate Transport
At the hostel.
Car parking available at hostel.
7 km Punkaharju Lusto Retretti 4/5 km

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