Rafting on the Okhta river: description

Tour Ladoga Skerries by kayaking: photo and video

We have not carried out rafting on Okhta since 2016! And in 2020 they decided to return to this river again. Because it is a beautiful and interesting river.

The Okhta River is the right tributary of the Kem River, which flows into the White Sea. Rafting on Okhta is rightfully considered a classic - for many decades the river has been chosen by both beginners and experienced tourists.

We will truly take a break from civilization - the river bed runs through remote and uninhabited places. Very characteristic and untouched Karelian nature. There are rocks, beaches, and forests.

An important point is fishing. Here she is wonderful - it's hard to stay without fish :)

The Okhta shores are shrouded in secrets. There are mysterious idol stones called seids. And it was along the bank of the Okhta that the path went towards Lake Karma, which, according to legend, is a repository of information about the ancient civilization Hyperborea.

Rafting takes place on 6 and 4-seater sports catamarans. Each 6-seater catamaran has an instructor who drives the catamaran. At least 2 instructors accompany the group. We teach the team all the necessary skills during the rafting, so you can participate in the hike, even if you have no experience. The main thing is your activity and desire to learn new things.

The 4-seater catamaran is for more experienced riders. Plyosy (this is a section of a river without a current) and large lakes we will pass under a motor. We will also have a 2-seater sport catamaran for sailing in the rapids.

The weather in Karelia is not much different from the weather in St. Petersburg and Moscow. In July and August, on average, there is dry hot weather with a temperature of 20-30 degrees, it also rains.

Mosquitoes and midges are present, but there are usually few of them, their number depends on the weather and season. There are no ticks or poisonous snakes on the route.

On the route it catches a cell phone in places, Megafon catches it starting from Lake Voronye. Other operators catch worse.

Rafting on the Okhta river: description

Karelia is one of the three regions of Russia that are considered the most suitable for rafting - sports rafting on mountain rivers on special inflatable boats - rafts. The main condition for good rafting is an interesting river route, with a rugged channel and a large number of rapids, rifts and waterfalls. On the rivers of Karelia, of which there are more than 27. 00 in the Republic, all this is more than enough.

An important point: although at first glance, rafting is perceived as an extremely dangerous activity for life and health, it is not so. The fact is that it is in this type of water sport (rafting has been considered such since 2003), as nowhere else commercial rafting, designed for people with minimal or no training, is widespread.

Of course, such events are always accompanied by one or more experienced instructors who are in full control of the entire process. In addition, there is a special classification of routes for rafting, where the complexity of the rafting is assessed on a scale from 1 to 6. This system helps beginners to correctly assess their strength, and experienced athletes to find new routes that have not yet been tested. Let's take a closer look at the Karelian rivers, and maybe here you will find something interesting for yourself.

Beginner Routes

Probably no need to remind that anyone, even the most experienced and fearless rafter, was once a beginner. If you are also starting your journey in this sport, or just want to try something new, but still do not feel ready for a serious confrontation with the mighty mountain rivers, then choose one of the proven routes, for a maximum of 1-2 days. Fortunately, many rivers in Karelia meet these conditions.

One of the most famous among the rafters of the Karelian rivers - Shuya, located in the basin of Lake Onega in the south of the republic. Shuya flows out of Lake Suojärvi, its channel is almost 200 kilometers long. The attractiveness of this river for rafters is that it flows relatively close to the large city of Petrozavodsk, and along the entire river bed there are many “drop points”, that is, places where you can enter or leave the route.

One of the most popular routes among beginners starts in the lower Shuya, usually in the village of Kindasovo and ends in the village of Matrosy, near the famous Shuya rapids - Big Tolly, which is rather formidable in spring, but by summer it divides into three branches , and it becomes safe even for novice watermen.

Another river on which rafting is often arranged for rafters with little experience is Keret. This is a fairly wide river, but not too long, its length is only 80 kilometers. Keret flows into the White Sea, so many rafting tours end there. By the way, this is a great reason to add sea fishing on the islands to the water travel. Most often, this route is chosen for a long rest, it will take you about 5-6 days to completely pass all the tests that Keret has prepared for you.

Routes for experienced rafters

For those who already have several rafts in stock, it makes sense to choose richer and longer routes for traveling along the rivers of Karelia. Moreover, for this it is not necessary to get somewhere too far from civilization. The same river Shuya can please not only beginners, but also experienced rafters. You just need to start such a route, for example, on the Syapsya river, and then, through Vagatozero, which is usually crossed by kayaks, to swim to Shuya.

Rafting on the Okhta River on sports catamarans: a detailed description of the route, a trekking plan and other useful information.

Karelia is a republic of the Russian Federation with its capital in the city of Petrozavodsk. Its nature is unique. More than half of the territory is occupied by forests, a quarter - by water surfaces: rivers, lakes, reservoirs. The list, description and photos of its attractions attract tourists to this region throughout the year.

The importance of Karelia in the modern world

Today Karelia is a region with mineral deposits, mining and processing them. The industrial base is represented by metallurgy, woodworking, paper production. Such an industry as tourism is actively developing. In recent years, much attention has been paid to its ecological appearance.

History of Karelia

The history of Karelia has very deep roots. The territory began to populate immediately after the glaciers disappeared, this land in the VII-VI centuries BC. ... were chosen by the tribes of the Finno-Ugric group: Karelians, Vepsians, Sami.

At the beginning of the second millennium A.D. ... the Slavs also began to reach the White Sea. With the formation of the ancient Russian state, the territory of Karelia entered the zone of its influence, but it became part of Russia only in the second half of the 15th century.

The twenty-year war with the Swedes, which was fought by Tsar Peter Alekseevich for the possession of the Baltic lands, providing Russia with access to the sea, contributed to the development of industry in this region. The empire needed ships, guns, cannonballs and bullets, produced not in the Urals, but not far from the front.

In Karelia, shipyards and arms factories were built, exploration of minerals was carried out, and the metallurgical industry was born. On the basis of one such settlement near the Petrovsky Arms Factory, the city of Petrozavodsk appeared, named after the Russian emperor.

The second leap in the economic development of the republic took place in the Soviet years, when numerous camps for political prisoners were formed on the territory of Karelia. They built the Belomoro-Baltic Canal, a pulp and paper mill in Segezha, and a shipyard in the village of Pindushi.

The Patriotic War, in which 100 thousand residents of the republic took part, left a heavy mark on the lives of people, destroyed cities, enterprises, and damaged culture. After the liberation of the occupied territories, almost everything had to be rebuilt.


A little more than 600 thousand people live in the republic, of which a quarter are rural residents. This is despite the fact that there are only 24 out of 820 settlements of cities and urban-type settlements in Karelia, which indicates the uneven settlement of the territory, the concentration of people in cities and the low population density in the rest of the area.

The ethnic composition is dominated by Russians, their 80%. The number of indigenous inhabitants, Karelians, who previously made up a third of the population, is decreasing every year. Today there are only 7% of them.

Upcoming hikes

How to get there

Meeting of the participants of the hike with the instructor at 10.3 on the railway platform, st. Kuznechnoye, at the first carriage on the day of the start of the campaign. The instructor will meet you in an orange T-shirt with the Adventure Club logo. For those who will travel in their own car and have the opportunity to take one or more people with them, meet in the same place! If there is no room in the car, it is better to arrive at the hostel in advance. Then, meeting with the instructors on the sandy beach of the Lena-Ladoga camp site (Lumivaara village) until 12. 0.

There by train: (schedule) from St. Petersburg Finlyandsky railway station - to the station. Blacksmith's (from 400 rubles), departure at 07:31, arrival at 10:33. Travel time is 3 hours. Meeting with the instructor at the first carriage! After the roll call, the instructor will collect the additional payment for the trip and for the transfer (if required). Then we get into a car or a bus and go to the Lena-Ladoga camp site. Travel time is 1 hour 30 minutes. The approximate time of arrival at the hostel is 12:00 noon. We unload our things from the car and go to the beach by 12:00. The instructor will tell you the plan for the day.

Go there by your own car: meeting with the instructor until 10:20 near the railway station. Blacksmith. Route on Yandex or Google map. Find the instructor's car or call him when you arrive. He should know that you are already there! The distance from St. Petersburg to Kuznechnoye is 145 km. Travel time 1 hour 45 minutes on an asphalt road. Instructor's car white Volkswagen Polo or Gazelle Bus. We will all go to the camp site together so that no one gets lost. If you have the opportunity to capture a few people from the railway station, you need to inform the instructor in advance or the Masha coordinator by phone. We will be very grateful to you for help in transporting people. It is important to correctly calculate the time and arrive at the railway station. Blacksmith to 10:20 on the day of the start of the campaign. The train arrives at 10:33.

If there are no places in your car, you can also meet the instructor at Art. Blacksmith or go right away on the Lena Ladog Tourbase in the village. Lumivaara. Carefully examine the entrance to the database on Yandex or Google maps. Otherwise, the navigator will lead you by a shorter and very broken road, because of this you can lose a lot of time and damage the car. Make sure that your navigator coincides with all turns on the entrance to the hub, correct the route and definitely download or load the required scale of the card, as in those edges, it does not catch the connection and there is no mobile Internet. Pay attention to pointers along the road, after the village of Lumivaara: "Lena - Ladoga" "Boat rental" white letters on a blue background!

AZS on the route: Carefully calculate fuel in the car. On the way there will be only 2 good gas stations. Two refills at the entrance to Priozersk: Gazprom and Lukoil to look at the map.

back on the train: the water route will end on Sunday by 14:30. We donate, we pass our things in the backpacks and at 16:00 we leave for Art. Blacksmith (1 hour 30 minutes) in the same places and machines. By 18 o'clock will arrive in blacksmith. Just the time it remains to purchase tickets to St. Petersburg (from 400 rubles) Blacksmith - St. Petersburg (schedule), departure at 18:26, arrival in St. Petersburg at 21:42. Time on the way 3 hours 16 minutes.

by car: leave the base in <

16:00. If there is an opportunity, you need to grab the participants of our trip to the railway station. Blacksmith.

Our transfer from Art. Blacksmith to the Lena Ladog base and back from the base to Art. Blacksmith (1 hour 30 minutes) is paid separately 1500r. Please prepare money for the transfer without delivery along with the sum of the surcharge. In the blacksmith, next to the station, there is no exchange and an ATM.

Please note: Art. Blacksmith, the last place where all communication and Internet operators are perfect. Removing the operators from the settlement badly catch and throughout the route communication will only be through megaphone and sometimes MTS. Beeline and others are not available. To save the charge of the phone, which is often a camera, we recommend immediately transfer it to flight mode.

The richest history, the most interesting tourist routes, magnificent hunting and fishing grounds are all Karelia. When planning a trip to this region of Russia, it is better to know in advance about the most interesting places worth visiting during your trip. For the convenience of travelers, below we offer descriptions and photos of the most famous sights of Karelia.

The most beautiful lakes

Lake Onega or Onego

One of the most popular routes for tourists. In recent years, many sanatoriums and rest houses have been opened in the coastal zone of the lake. You can stay in a private sector or a cottage village.

Lovers of a quiet holiday enjoy fishing in Onega. The lake is home to a variety of commercial fish - trout, salmon, eel, lamprey, catfish, etc. There are 47 species in total. For those who are fond of active recreation on the water, canoeing on the rivers that flow into the lake is organized on Onega.

You can also sail on a yacht. In the middle of summer, the Open-800 sailing regatta takes place here. At this time, the water in the lake warms up to about 18 degrees in shallow water, so you can sunbathe and even swim if you wish.

Travelers interested in the history of Karelia have the opportunity to go on an excursion to the monasteries located on the wild islands. Around Lake Onega there are a large number of historical and architectural monuments that can be visited while relaxing on the coast.

Lake Yanisjärvi

Translated from the Finnish language, Janisjärvi means Hare Lake. It consists of two small reservoirs connected by a shallow strait. This place is associated with many secrets and mysterious events that take place here to this day.

The bowl of the lake was formed due to the fall of a meteorite - it happened about 700 million years ago. This fact can be considered fully proven, since some of the minerals that make up the bottom of the lake can be formed only under the influence of enormous temperatures and high pressure.

The coastline is mostly large rocks and rocks. There are 43 small islands scattered across the entire area of ​​the reservoir. Ecotourism lovers can enjoy excellent fishing here. You can also rent a boat and arrange a real trip with stops on uninhabited islands.

Local residents say that in the northern part of Lake Yanisjärvi, an underwater rumble of unknown origin is periodically heard. It is also said that you can often see the mysterious glow of water.

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