The resumption of tourism in Karelia, what is worth seeing in the magnificent republic

Eco-tourism in Karelia

Karelia is an amazing land. The northern nature, rich in beauty, with a careful attitude towards it, provides a lot of opportunities for ecological recreation in Karelia - fishing on Lake Yanisyarvi, hunting in the wilderness, kayaking on rivers, entertaining walking excursions, interesting cultural and ethnographic expeditions.

Eco-tourism is, first of all, walks in places where human influence is minimized. Ecological rest in Karelia meets the principles of modern green tourism. This is the land of the richest natural and landscape resources. At least 5% of the republic's area is occupied by reserves, natural parks, sanctuaries and other protected areas. And this is about a million hectares of land. Numerous tours to Janisjärvi reflect only a small part of the wide opportunities for the development of natural and ecological tourism.

Today eco-tourism in Karelia is developing rapidly. There are a variety of tours on Janisjärvi, but which one of them will be of interest to you? What should you pay attention to when choosing a tour? Eco-tourism in Karelia in summer is trips on catamarans, canoeing, kayaking and rafting on lakes and rivers, in spring and autumn - undoubtedly, hunting and fishing, in winter - skiing and hiking. Tours can be combined or developed according to your wishes. All inclusive - morning dawn, hot tea made from aromatic forest berries, interesting excursions, mushroom picking, silence and idyll of untouched nature ...

At the same time, we should not forget about personal safety and the preservation of the environment. This is important both for a good rest and for an interesting pastime. The invaluable experience of our instructors will not only help you learn fishing and hunting skills or develop a route, but also tell you how to diversify your leisure time and fill every day of your stay with impressions.

The only rule that applies to every tourist is that he treats nature with care and does not disturb its harmony. And then everyone is guaranteed a charge of cheerfulness, positive emotions, health and unforgettable impressions of the wonderful northern land.

You can imagine how you woke up in a cozy Russian hut, and after breakfast went outside and looked into the endless water surface. There is peace and quiet around you. You have nowhere to rush and you sit down to fish while the barbecue is being prepared on the grill. Isn't this a fairy tale? A fairy tale that can come true. Hotel-club "Gardarika" can offer you a wonderful rest in a real Russian hut.

A wooden hut is located on the shore of the Yanisjärvi meteorite lake. Near the house there is a gazebo, a smokehouse and a barbecue, as well as firewood. From the pier you can go fishing by boat. The house has a dining table with chairs, kitchen utensils, and there is even a sauna at your service.

ATTENTION, you can order a hut using the contacts listed below, or go to the site using the pictures from the photos of the placement.

Eco-tourism in Karelia

Active rest in Karelia has been incredibly popular since Soviet times, when hundreds of water tourists rushed in the summer to rafting along the fast Karelian rapids. Rafting on kayaks and catamarans has already become a classic in the Republic of Karelia.

Today, on the rivers of Karelia, they organize commercial rafting on rafts - large inflatable frameless vessels, which can immediately accommodate a group of tourists from six to twelve people.

Rafting on the Shuya River

In southern Karelia, Shuya is in the lead in terms of the number of people rafting and possible routes. The river is picturesque and abounds in easy rapids. Convenient access to the river makes it possible to organize here both one-day rafting and weekend tours, as well as multi-day trips. Shuya is chosen by both experienced tourists and beginners, as well as participants in corporate rafting. For corporate people, Shuya is convenient because it does not require previous experience of rafting, tourists master the simple wisdom of rowing at the very beginning of the rafting, and mistakes are corrected by the instructor sitting in the raft - the "captain". After the corporate rafting, tourists gather in a meadow prepared for a picnic, during which they usually taste all kinds of tinctures on local berries - cranberries, cloudberries, lingonberries.

Often, travel agencies combine one-day rafting with trips to the Museum of Wooden Architecture on the Kizhi Island. The island of Kizhi in Lake Onega is famous for its Transfiguration Church, created by the master Nestor almost 300 years ago, as legend says, without a single nail.

Rafting on the Okhta and Pistajoki rivers

Fans of sports routes prefer rest in Karelia in its northern part. The Okhta and Pistajoki rivers are popular here.

Rafting on Okhta tempts with gambling overcoming a route saturated with rifts and rapids (lakes are passed under a motor), a serene atmosphere of relaxation in Karelia far from civilization, wonderful fishing. The Pista - Pistajoki River is one of the most sportingly entertaining rivers in Karelia. This is a border river without settlements; it flows through the amazing wild corners of northern Karelia. The Pista River, like the Okhta, attracts not only with sports rafting, but also with excellent fishing on the lakes.

In addition, participants in rafting on Okhta and Pistajoki have the opportunity to make an excursion to Solovki. On average, for those who come to Solovetsky, the tour takes about three days, but you can also choose a one-day voyage, which will allow you to get acquainted with the Solovetsky Monastery. For three days in Solovki, tourists make walking, bus excursions and bike tours to the most interesting places in Solovki.

In turn, the Kuzov archipelago unfairly remains in the shadow of Solovki. This is one of the famous "places of power" in Karelia, where ancient rituals were held, the secrets of which have yet to be comprehended. Silent witnesses of this are the stone seids and labyrinths of the Sami tribes and the amazing nature of the White Sea.

Rafting on the lakes of Karelia

Among other options for active recreation in Karelia - kayaking on the lakes of Karelia. One of the most popular routes is kayaking in the skerries of Lake Ladoga, between rocky islands along straits and bays. For six days of the hike, tourists overcome about 90 kilometers along the Ladoga skerries and make an easy ascent to one of the highest observation points of the Ladoga skerries.

During the trip, tourists also have the opportunity to make a one-day excursion to Valaam, where the Valaam Monastery is located, one of the main attractions of Karelia.

Lake Janisjärvi is one of the most popular places for eco-tourism. The wild nature and distance from the city make it a great place for eco-tourism.

Since the beginning of the tourist season, about a third of all tourist centers and many natural attractions have already begun active work in Karelia. If your choice of a vacation spot fell on this republic, then you will be pleased to know that 140 hotels and recreation centers are available to accommodate guests. All of them are located in the Ladoga region.

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The popular and unique nature reserve "Kivach" and the mountain park "Ruskeala" are also open and receive visitors in small organized groups. When entering the territory or on the official websites of such enterprises, all those present will be notified of the restrictions, obligations and quarantine regulations that will be required to comply at the time of being here.

For one day, the capacity will be limited to 300 tourists. The minimum distance, which is urged to observe between groups, is at least 50. Groups of 10 people are allowed to pass, with a break of 20 minutes, the group itself must consist of 5 people.

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Also, it is planned to organize the work of tourist routes, allowing to connect Karelia with European countries. Namely, it is planned to operate a cruise route along the White Sea-Baltic Canal, from the coast of Norway to Arkhangelsk and St. Petersburg.

Peculiarities of the natural resources of the republic

Russian and foreign tourists have long "laid eyes" on the Karelian region. And the point here is not only in its virgin nature and unique architectural monuments. The main reason is simple: the tourist season in the republic is not limited to three summer months - the travel season is open in Karelia all year round. Here you will find for themselves a spiritual rest and lovers of active tourism, and those who love relaxing trips with the whole family.

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Karelia is located in the north-west of the country and is part of the North-West Federal District. This is a republic within Russia: it has its own coat of arms, flag and anthem. About 50% of the territory of the Karelian region is covered with forest, and a quarter is covered with water. Karelia is the "land of lakes", there are more than 61,000 lakes, 27,000 rivers and 29 reservoirs. The largest lakes are Ladoga and Onega, and the largest rivers are Vodla, Vyg, Kovda, Kem, Sunna and Shuya. Karelia is crossed by the Blue Road, an international tourist route connecting Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia.

The main types of recreation in the region are: sightseeing tours (Kizhi - Valaam - Solovki - Kivach Waterfall - Marcial Waters - Ruskeal Marble Canyon), active rest (ATV safari, river rafting, hunting and fishing, hiking , ski trips, bike tours, jeep tours), children's and youth holidays in camps, holiday tours, rest in cottage and tourist complexes. The capital of the republic is Petrozavodsk.

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The demand for tours to Karelia in the summer season of 2019 in the organized market has stalled. The reasons for this phenomenon, together with the experts, were investigated by "Vestnik ATOR". As a bonus - new items of this year from tour operators in Karelia and prices.

According to the participants of the tourist market, sales of tours to Karelia in the 2019 season basically correspond to the volumes of the last year. As Alena Gromova, director for the domestic market of the tour operator Coral Travel, notes, the direction has its own specifics: many attractions in Karelia are located on the islands, so you can visit them only in summer. For this reason, as the expert says, the main demand for tours to Karelia falls just for the period from May to September.

According to experts from TUI Russia, the most popular races are in July and August; the sales depth of the direction is 4 - 6 weeks.

The tour operator "Multitour" in the season-2019 has increased the number of requests from organized groups, but in general, the demand for excursion tours to Karelia in the current season remains at the level of last year.

The fact that sales in Karelia are close to last year's was also reported by Elena Ivanova, leading manager of the Dolphin tour operator.

According to her, compared to the 2018 season, the number of requests for group package excursion tours decreased by 20%, while the number of bookings from corporate groups increased slightly.

A more optimistic picture of demand for tours to Karelia is recorded by experts of the national tour operator ALEAN: according to their data, sales of the direction increased by 12%.


According to the reviews of tour operators, the leaders in demand for summer Karelia are sightseeing tours lasting from 2 to 8 days. As experts inform, sanatorium and resort services, as well as city tours to the same Petrozavodsk, are booked a little. There are practically no requests for VIP tours, for example, helicopter excursions.

“Tours with helicopter excursions are not booked, and they are not in our offers, since they are dependent on weather conditions,” explains Alena Gromova from Coral Travel.

According to experts, the main excursion destinations in Karelia are associated with visiting the islands of Kizhi, Solovki and Valaam. Among other demanded objects of display are the Marble Canyon, Ruskeala waterfalls, skerries of Ladoga Lake, the Kronid Gogolev Museum in the city of Sortavala, Petrozavodsk, the Kivach waterfall.

According to information from tour operators, mostly tourists go to Karelia for 5-7 days, choosing 3 and 4 * hotels for breakfast. According to the observation of TUI Russia experts, the duration of the tours varies depending on the period - in July, short tours from 3 days prevail, in August tourists choose a longer vacation.

According to Elena Ivanova from Dolphin, the geography of residence of tourists who go to Karelia is the most diverse. There are applications from the Far East, Siberia, southern regions of Russia. Nevertheless, the basis of the organized tourist flow to the lake region is made up of the inhabitants of the capital region.

A Brief History of the Republic of Karelia

Karelia is a country of lakes and untouched nature, where many architectural structures of ancient times are located. This republic is located in Russia, next to Finland. People began to populate Karelia as early as seven millennia BC, when a huge glacier retreated from these places. The presence of ancient settlements in these territories was confirmed by a unique archaeological find - petroglyphs.

These lands have a rich historical past, which is closely connected with Finland and Kievan Rus. According to some reports, this territory was also part of Russia, but many sources say that it was independent at that time. The era of wars also had a great influence on the development of Karelia. Here, by the hands of prisoners, many objects were built, including the White Sea-Baltic Canal.

Today, this area is known throughout the world as a picturesque edge of the north, where you can relax, have fun and touch the historical past of mankind.

Traveling in Karelia - how to get there and where to stay

When planning to have a rest in Karelia, it is important to decide in advance with two points: how you will get and where you will stay. Many travel companies independently develop author's tours to these regions, where instead of you I draw up a route and book accommodation. This service is more expensive than planning it yourself, but it takes away your worries and saves you time.

A trip to Karelia can be planned independently, and to get to the desired place you can use one of these methods:

  • By train - when you go to Karelia from Moscow or St. Petersburg, you can purchase tickets for direct flights. Their cost starts from 2,300 rubles. If there is no direct flight from your city, you can buy a ticket with transfers to the city of Petrozavodsk.
  • By bus - if you are from St. Petersburg or the region, this option is perfect. The cost of tickets to Petrozavodsk is from 600 rubles, and the travel time is 7 hours.
  • By plane - the main airport of Karelia is located 12 kilometers from Petrozavodsk, near the village of Besovets. To go on vacation in the summer of 2019 to Karelia, it is worth looking at ticket prices and booking seats in advance, since they are quickly sold out. The cost changes regularly, but is within 5,000 rubles.
  • By car - you can go on vacation to Karelia by a private car or use the services of transport companies. When traveling by car, it is worth considering the specifics of the route - there will be few cafes and gas stations on the way, so it is worth stocking up on fuel and food in advance. Some of the roads will be unpaved, and traveling around Karelia in winter by car can be troublesome. The price of a trip by car is 5,000 rubles or more.
Rest in Karelia in winter is in less demand than in summer. For this reason, the prices for transfers, accommodation and other paid services will be much lower, but tickets should be bought in advance. Active rest in Karelia falls precisely in the winter period, because you can fully enjoy the harsh beauty of the north.

The price of recreation in the Republic of Karelia - prices for housing and meals

Tourism is well developed in Karelia, therefore it will not be difficult to find an accommodation according to your financial capabilities and preferences. Throughout the picturesque region there are many hotels, hostels, apartments, rooms, hostels and mansions, which can be booked both via the Internet and directly from the owners. A vacation in the summer of 2019 in Karelia will be inexpensive at a price, since the cost of a good overnight stay is about 2,000 rubles per day.

When planning a vacation in Karelia, you shouldn't worry about food. If you want to cook on your own, there are many shops here, including those famous throughout Russia - Magnit, Pyaterochka, Dixie, Lenta and Sigma. They can buy meat from 230 rubles per kilogram, and vegetables and fruits from 25 rubles. If you go on vacation in the summer of 2019 to Karelia, prices in chain supermarkets may differ significantly from local ones. During this season, you can buy food from local residents, who often sell vegetables, fruits, and more in the markets.

Rest in Karelia in winter, spring, summer or autumn is an excellent option for people of different financial capabilities. For lovers of restaurants, cafeterias, bars, there are many good establishments with reasonable prices. The average bill for two in a cafe will be about 600 rubles without alcohol, and twice as expensive in a restaurant. Nevertheless, a trip to Karelia will cost you much less than a vacation in the resort area of ​​the Black Sea coast.

Tourism and active rest in Karelia - what to try

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