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Parppeinvaara Bardic Village

Welcome to Parppeinvaara Bardic Village!

Whatever your interest, Parppeinvaara has something for you. From its hilltop amid the forests and fells of Eastern Finland, there are views stretching for miles to the blue horizon, beyond which lies Russia. The tradition of poem-singing, Karelian cuisine, war-time events and nature in Ilomantsi are brought to life in the exhibitions and the buildings in Parppeinvaara Bardic Village.

At Parppeinvaara you'll find a collection of historic buildings based on the theme of local tradition. These include the Bard´s House with traditional music and exhibitions; the Border General´s Cabin, a war-time operational headquarters; Restaurant Parppeinpirtti with a Karelian menu; and a small Orthodox chapel. The exhibition of the Mesikkä Animal Museum revolves around the relationship between people and nature.

Opening hours


June and August
Daily 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
(Midsummer Eve closed)

Daily 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Open to groups outside normal hours by prior agreement.


 8 €

Children 7-15 years 6 €

Four groups 6 € (min. 10 persons)

Guided tour 70 € / group (1 h 1 5min)

Guided tour with Kantele music 90 € / group (1 h 30 min)

Extra fee outside opening hours 40 €


Parppeinvaara Bardic Village
Parppeintie 4 C 82900 Ilomantsi
+358 50 3758787