Business Kuopio


Tourism in the landscapes of the Finnish lake district

Located in the heart of the Finnish lake district, the Kuopio region is one of the up-and-coming international travel destinations in Finland. The four seasons, green forests, snowy slopes and clean lakes provide excellent opportunities for the development of various forms of tourism. The whole region is known for its beautiful nature, events and sports. Businesses in the region offer tourists a wide range of experiences from nature to culture.

Illustration, hiking in Tahko

The goal of tourism in the Kuopio region is to develop the industry in accordance with the principles of sustainable development. The idea is to react to the change in consumer behaviour and the green transition through digitalization. It is also important to promote programme services entrepreneurship and digital services, meet the skill and labour needs of the industry and foster the growth of the industry through networked co-development.

Savonia University of Applied Sciences and Savo Vocational College educate skilled labour for the tourism and catering industry.

Find different areas of North Savo:


Kuopio and Tahko

Capital of tourism in the Finnish lake district

Iisalmi and Upper Savo

Savonian culture and history at its best


Wide range of activities year-round


Unforgettable experiences and international attractions


Cultural history in the most beautiful part of the lake district


New forms of tourism next to Lake Saimaa

Pekka Viljakainen, businessman, investor, Forest Suites hotel

“There are only a handful of 5-star hotels in Finland, not to mention the services that are such an inherent part of their appeal. In the provinces outside the capital region, such as Pohjois-Savo, there are none at all. I set out to develop the PihlasResort project with the idea that we want to provide our domestic and foreign guests unique experiences in Finnish nature combined with premium quality. I believe that North Savo has all the prerequisites for growth, as long as we develop of transport connections and the availability of labour.”