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Summer Adventure
in Karelia

In summer the nature of Karelia is in all its glory: dense forests, deep lakes, long rivers amaze everyone. Ancient architecture merges into a picturesque natural landscape. The whole picture gives a sense of pure harmony



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Destinations > North-West

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Admiring Nature and Experiencing New Emotions

Besides the beautiful nature of the mountain park Ruskeala and the nature reserve Kivach, you will also see ancient buildings of Valaam and Kizhi Islands, traditional wooden houses in Kinerma village. Get ready for some entertainment during a folk show and experiencing new emotions during rafting on river Shya or ATV safari.

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A lady with binocular sightseeing


A volcano and the sea


Gilded onion domes with crosses of an orthodox church


A man riding a quad


A lady with binocular sightseeing


A volcano and the sea


A man riding a quad


Gilded onion domes with crosses of an orthodox church


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A pine tree on the rocky shore of lake Ladoga, beautiful clouds in the blue sky
View of the top of Orthodox cathedral from the ground. Orthodox cathedral with the red base, white towers and blue domes topped with gilded crosses, bell tower decorated with red orthodox crossed
Interior of an orthodox church, arches of a church decorated with colorful frescoes
A round fresco in a church with a Jesus Christ in the center and saints around him against the blue sky
A wooden church with blue roof and blue triangular domes, a cross on the side of the church
A hydrofoil passenger boat on the lake, island with cliffs, green trees and a church on it, northern nature.

1st day of the itinerary

Valaam Treasures

The starting point of our journey is the Lodeinoye Pole railway station where tourists will arrive from Saint Petersburg. Then we are departing to Valaam archipelago (first to Sortavala city by bus and then to Valaam by hydrofoil).

Valaam is the group of islands located in Ladoga Lake. The excursion around the archipelago is held both by foot and by an auto boat, using interior channels of the archipelago. We will have a walk around Skitsky Island where the monks live in a Skete of All Saints, a beautiful white monastery.

From the water, we will observe other Sketes that appear here and there on the islands, Monastery farm, and Vladimirsky Bridge. Crossing the channel, tourists will get to the Ladoga Lake and Small Nikonovsky bay – the calmest bay in the Valaam to look closer at the highest point of Valaam – Elion Mountain that according to the believing is a twin to an eponymous mountain in Jerusalem.

And now we are going to visit the main sight of the islands – the Valaam monastery. Founded in the 10th century it went through numerous fires and invasions. A magnificent white-blue Transfiguration Cathedral of Valaam monastery that we can see now, was built only in the 19th century.

After visiting the Monastery, have lunch in the Monastery canteen to try the food that monks usually eat. And after lunch, we are going back to Sortavala.

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