Parppeinvaara - Rune Singer's Village

Parppeinvaara - Rune Singer's Village

Welcome to Parppeinvaara Rune Singer's 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 Runesinging, Karelian cuisine, war-time events and nature in Ilomantsi are brought to life in the exhibitions and the buildings in Parppeinvaara Rune Singer's Village.

At Parppeinvaara you'll find a collection of historic buildings based on the theme of local tradition. These include the Rune Singer´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

Closed May 1st


Daily 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Midsummer Eve closed

Open to groups outside normal hours by prior agreement.



1.1.– 31.5. and 1.9.–31.12. every Wednesday at 12–16 pm

During wintertime we arrange guided tours for groups when ordered in advance.


10 € (Winter: 7 €)

Children 7-15 years 8 € (Winter: 5 €)

For groups 8 € (min. 10 persons)

Guided tour 90 € / group (1 h 1 5min)

Guided tour with Kantele music 110 € / group (1 h 30 min)

Extra fee outside opening hours 50 €

Ticket sale ends half an hour before closing time.


Parppeinvaara Rune Singer's Village
Parppeintie 4 C 82900 Ilomantsi
050 3758787 

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European Heritage Label for the Kalevala

The European Commission has awarded the Kalevala with the European Heritage Label. The Label has been designated since 2013 to sites within the region of the European Union, which are central to European history, culture and integration. 

Ilomantsin Sotatie - on the eastern border of independent Finland

The Ilomantsi War Road consists of a 150-kilometer road network, along or near which dozens of monuments, signboards, museums, buildings and restored battle stations are located.

Read more in Finnish.

Möhkö on the map - Ilomantsi service map

Get to know the Parppeinvaara area and other destinations in the area using the Ilomants service map. In Finnish.

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