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Five adventures; Ruskeals: in the land of mountain wizards

The Russian Geographical Society supports the participation of the Karelian Mountain Park "Ruskeala" in the international World Travel Awards. The park has been nominated for an award in the category "Responsible Tourism in Europe". A visit to "Ruskeala" is included in the program of the tour operator "ScanTour" and is recommended by the "Travels with the Russian Geographical Society" project.

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Karelia. Fennoscandia. The land of forests and swamps, mirror-like lakes and fast rivers, giant boulders and low ridges - "selg". Billions of years ago, a fiery element raged here, the ancient volcano Girvas poured out streams of lava. Like the spirits of the mountains from the Scandinavian epics, the forces of underground fire created the appearance of the future lake land, uplifting granite steeps, crushing and twisting rocks. The volcanoes cooled down, and they were replaced by the spirits of ice - giant glaciers came. In the bowels of this edge, the forces of the earth have created a rare miracle - deposits of marble, bearing all the shades of the northern white night: pale gray and blue-gray, greenish, white, fawn. Intricately intertwined streams of color penetrate the boulders, transforming them into natural paintings.

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The beauty of Karelian marble was appreciated by the architects who built St. Petersburg. And in the area of ​​the Ruskeala village on the Ruskolka river, a quarry arose for the extraction of stone. For two centuries in a row, Ruskeala marble was mined to adorn the Northern capital. Auguste Montferrand himself came here more than once to choose marble for the St. Isaac's Cathedral under construction.

Years later, fierce battles of the Great Patriotic War swept across the Karelian land. During the retreat, the Finnish troops flooded a marble quarry, and an extraordinary man-made lake-canyon appeared, which has become the basis of the unique Ruskeala Mountain Park today.

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At 10.0, with the sound of the bell

Even the road to Ruskeala itself is already an unusual adventure. Many fans of Harry Potter books and films dream of getting on the famous London platform 9 and 3/4 to ride the Hogwarts Express. It turns out that you don't have to fly to Britain for this. Retroexpress Sortavala - Ruskeala is no worse, and it takes its passengers to places where there are secrets and magic of their own.

At the Sortavala station, the departure of an elegant blue-yellow train is announced by striking a shiny bell. Today "Ruskeala Express" is the only daily steam train in Russia.

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The train at the Sortavala station is visible from afar, they start to heat it up in advance, and an impressive cloud of smoke can be seen at a great distance. There are only three carriages, one of which is a dining car. The train is pulled by a magnificent shiny black steam locomotive with the ER-766-41 sign. It was built in Hungary at the Mavag plant in 1949.

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Five adventures; Ruskeals: in the land of mountain wizards

t/b Chegem - dol. Tyuturgu - lane. Green (1A, 3682m) - dol. Ullukurchhu - t/b Bashil - dol. Jailiksu - lane. Kayarta south (1B, 4058m) - dol. Tyutyusu - lane. Student + per. Waterfall bunch (1B, 3630m) - dol. Waterfall - dol. Adyrsu - USD Syltransu - lane. Syltran (n/a, 3250m) - dol. Mukal - lane. Mukal-Mkyara (1B, 3740m) - ice. Mkyara - lane. Irina Molotilova (1B, 3784m) - dol. Irikchat - lane. Irikchat is glad. (n/a, 3667m) - USD Irikchat - pos. Elbrus

Host Organization

Federation of Sports Tourism of the city of Dolgoprudny (Moscow Region) MIPT Mountain Section

Venue

Russia, Central Caucasus

General information about the route

Length of the active part of the hike, km

11. 9-27. 9.015

Detailed route

t/b Chegem - dol. Tyuturgu - lane. Green (1A, 3682m) - dol. Ullukurchhu - t/b Bashil - dol. Jailiksu - lane. Kayarta south (1B, 4058m) - dol. Tyutyusu - lane. Student + per. Waterfall bunch (1B, 3630m) - dol. Waterfall - dol. Adyrsu - USD Syltransu - lane. Syltran (n/a, 3250m) - dol. Mukal - lane. Mukal-Mkyara (1B, 3740m) - ice. Mkyara - lane. Irina Molotilova (1B, 3784m) - dol. Irikchat - lane. Irikchat is glad. (n/a, 3667m) - USD Irikchat - pos. Elbrus

Route obstacles

The route to the Ruskeala Mountain Park is recommended by the Russian Geographical Society

General information (passport of the sports route)

Trekking area

Russia, Western Caucasus

Type of tourism

Hike difficulty category

First with 2nd elements

Host organization

GS MIPT, FST Dolgoprudny

Manager

Istyagina Evgeniya Evgenievna

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