Trains on the line between Kuopio and Kajaani, including trains from Helsinki to Kajaani, stop at Iisalmi.
Buses along highway 5 stop in Iisalmi.
As with most other towns in Finland, arriving by car is always an option.
- Olvi brewery museum (Olvi Panimomuseo), Luuniementie 2. Mo-Fr 10AM-3PM. One of Finland's largest breweries, Olvi, is situated in Iisalmi. They have a museum where you can learn about beer and soft drink manufacturing. free.
- Koljonvirta. A strait a few kilometers northeast of the city centre connecting lakes Iso-Ii and Porovesi. The bridge over Koljonvirta was the site of a battle between Swedish and Russian forces during the Napoleonic wars in 1808.
- Runni Spa, in Runni village (20 km west of central Iisalmi). Healthy baths and outdoor activities in one of the oldest spa's still in use in Finland.