In 2020, Russians were forced to discover domestic tourism. The Republic of Karelia is on the 31st place in the "National tourist rating", but it has the prerequisites to be higher. According to statistics, Russian citizens rank first among all nationalities entering neighboring Finland, which has now become temporarily inaccessible. It seems that Karelia has a chance to take advantage of the situation and replace the "northern neighbor" with tourists. What does the region have to offer?
The local nature was appreciated by the first persons of the Central Committee of the CPSU. Not far from Lake Ladoga there were party dachas where Yuri Andropov rested, and in the early 90s, on the instructions of Boris Yeltsin, the presidential residence "Shuiskaya Chupa" was built on the territory of the same complex. Later, the administration of President Putin sold the object at a public auction. Today the residence is owned by AFK Sistema. According to the investigation of the Dozhd TV channel, Vladimir Putin also has his own residence in Karelia.
Now Karelia is developing as a tourist region, and the current year in this sense has become quite successful for it - over 350,000 tourists visited the region during the summer season, which is 100,000 more than in 2019.
To the classic, still Soviet, excursion program today, options for active pastime, detox and eco-travel have been added. At the beginning of the 2000s, lovers of health hunger strikes began to travel to Karelia. On the territory of the republic is the flagship of Russian retreats - the sanatorium "Kivach". In the health-improving community, the sanatorium is still listed, despite the high, in comparison with other domestic Russian proposals, the price tag. A two-week check-in from January 3 will cost from 950,000 rubles for a program with accommodation in a suite category - almost like a vacation in the Maldives. But the center has its loyal fans.
More sophisticated tourists prefer therapy with minerals, for this in local sanatoriums you can take a course of shungite therapy. From Finland came the fashion for northern floating - swimming in inflatable overalls in icy water, which, as local experts say, has a beneficial effect on the nervous system.
Almost all major players in the tourist market have made programs for Karelia for the New Year holidays. Marketing Director of Intourist Daria Domostroeva told Forbes Life that if last year the tour operator did not even offer the region, then in 2020 tours to Karelia accounted for 10% of the sales of all tours in Russia. Intourist has relied on bus and rail tours starting from Moscow and St. Petersburg. It is noteworthy that until 2020 Karelia was in demand among foreigners - according to Domostroeva, trips to Chinese citizens, as well as tourists from Scandinavian countries, were selling well. “From January 1, tourists from India will be able to enter Russia on an electronic visa, and by the summer we expect many guests from this country in Karelia, as they show great interest in this particular region,” Domostroeva notes.
The region is developing areas that are called family and "children's" tourism. According to the founder of the travel agency in Russia Svetlana Vavilova, holidays in Karelia are perfect for families: “Tours sell especially well for this category of travelers - up to a quarter of clients go there with children, and for those who want to send their children to a camp, the price is for ten days of stay will be from 45,000 rubles. There are also camps where parents can live with their children if they do not want to let go alone. "
At the end of winter, you can go here for the northern lights. And also play exotic ice golf
Karelia has an amazing fauna: in the summer season you can find here a special species of seal - ringed seal, beluga dolphin. There are whales in the White Sea. There are many rare birds. “Birdwatching is gaining popularity in our country - non-professional ornithology or observation of bird life in the wild. In the world, this is a fashionable hobby among wealthy people, ”says Vavilova. In her opinion, “the international birdwatcher community will find it attractive to have rare species of waders and species of eider” after the lifting of restrictions on entry.
Since the significant territory of Karelia is located beyond the Arctic Circle, at the end of winter, you can go here for the northern lights. And also play exotic ice golf, for which you usually have to fly to Lake Baikal, and ride a snowmobile on the Ladoga skerries.
“Before opening our company, my husband and I visited each of the 85 regions of our country, were in more than 300 cities,” says Svetlana Vavilova, founder of the travel agency Adventure Travel. - If you want to start your acquaintance with Russia, the best place to start is Karelia. About 20% of our sales this year can be attributed to this region, it is overtaken only by the Caucasian directions and Baikal. "
Frosty Murmansk region is considered one of the centers of ski resorts. Most of the sports recreation centers are concentrated in the city of Kirovsk, as long trails, beautiful landscapes and lake shores are concentrated in this place. The high level of service of the ski resorts, as well as the almost year-round mode of operation, attracts an endless flow of tourists to this region.
The Murmansk climate provides ski resorts with the opportunity to work almost all year round. The climate is considered special because it combines the influence of the proximity to the Arctic Circle and the proximity to the open sea coast.
A warm Atlantic current passes near this place, which is why a mild climate prevails in the area: in winter the temperature is around -10 °, and in summer it rarely rises above + 10 °. This temperature regime allows ski resorts to open the season at the end of autumn and finish it by May.
Anyone can choose the best option for themselves among the numerous recreation centers, since there are trails for professionals and fans of mountain sports. Many recreation centers try to combine several types of trails at once, so that companies with different levels of training can relax here.
The administrations of ski clubs care about the safety of their vacationers and therefore offer the services of an instructor and provide first aid. If guests arrive without their own sports equipment, there are always rental offices. For those who prefer to lead an active lifestyle in the afternoon, electric lighting is installed on the tracks.
Murmansk, the ski resorts of which are considered one of the highest in the North-Western part of Russia, as well as modernly equipped. One of these recreation centers, Bolshoy Vudyavr, is located within the city of Kirovsk. Many tourists note the level of preparedness of the slopes for a high-quality descent. All slopes of this ski complex are FIS certified.
There are 9 tracks in total in the complex, with a total length of about 30 km. The maximum descent section reaches a little more than 3 km. Differences in altitude occur no more than 500 m of the track, provided for both professional athletes and amateurs.
In addition, there are jumps, children's tracks, a training area and a skiing area on the virgin lands, which for many is considered a decisive factor in choosing a recreation center.
The complex has modern drag lifts, there are 4 points of departure to the mountain. There is also a snow tubing track and a night skiing track. The infrastructure is well developed - sports equipment is rented out on the territory, minor damage to equipment is being repaired.
Downhill skiing is a popular type of active winter recreation. There are many places in Russia that are suitable for skiing. One of these areas is Pomorie.
The Murmansk region is located in the north of the European part of Russia. Most of its territory (70%) is located on the Kola Peninsula, in the Arctic. The climate is subarctic marine with continental features. Due to the influence of the warm North Atlantic Current, which is a continuation of the Gulf Stream, winters are relatively warm. The average temperature in the cold season is from -8 ° to -15 ° C.
The proximity of the Arctic Ocean and the geographical position beyond the Arctic Circle are the main factors that determine the climatic features of the region. The weather is moderately cold for most of the year. Frosts happen even in summer. In the mountains, snow falls in September and does not melt until early July.
The warming influence of the Atlantic and the cold North create suitable conditions for skiing: on the one hand, there are no severe frosts, on the other hand, winter comes early and lasts a long time. The ski season in Murmansk opens with the final establishment of the snow cover - in November. The season ends in May.
All ski resorts are located in the Khibiny. This mountain range is located in the center of the Kola Peninsula. The mountains are steep and sloping. Lakes Imandra and Umbozero are located on the western and eastern sides.
Bolshoi Vudyavr is the center of skiing in the region. It covers the Northern and Southern slopes of Aikuayvenchorr Mountain. In these places you can see the northern lights. The season starts in mid-November and ends in mid-May.
The tracks are in good condition, their technical check and preparation is carried out daily. All tracks are certified according to the standards of the International Ski Federation. The total length of the tracks is 10.2 km. Lighting is present on all 19 routes. The difficulty level of the slopes is different - from "green", the simplest, to "black", for extreme sportsmen.
The capacity of the ski lifts is 8000 people in 60 minutes. The following types of this technical structure are presented:
Murmansk is one of the youngest regional centers of the country, in 2016 it celebrated its 100th anniversary. This is the largest base in Russia for the fishing industry, exploration and development of the shelf of the northern seas, as well as a base for icebreaking, fishing and merchant fleets.
Murmansk is called the "gateway to the Arctic" - it is the largest Arctic port, from which caravans of transport ships, fishing fleets and scientific expeditions leave for the Arctic.
Murmansk is a fighting city, it has survived four wars, but has never been conquered.
Murmansk is a Hero City, he received this title for his courage and fortitude during the Great Patriotic War.
Murmansk is a working city with an interesting history, despite its young age.
Murmansk is a scientific city, the Polar Scientific Research Institute of Marine Fisheries and Oceanography named after N.M. Knipovich operates here; Polar Geophysical Institute; Murmansk Marine Biological Institute, engaged in the study of biology and oceanology of the northern seas;
Murmansk is an educational city, where more than a dozen higher educational institutions operate, including two universities: Murmansk State Technical University and Murmansk Arctic State University. In 2017, a branch of the Nakhimov Naval School was opened.
Murmansk is a museum city, there are several large museums, unique in their kind: the Museum of the History of the Murmansk Shipping Company, the Naval Museum of the Northern Fleet and the atomic icebreaker-museum "Lenin".
Murmansk is a theater city, there are three professional theaters here: Murmansk Regional Puppet Theater, Murmansk Regional Drama Theater and Drama Theater of the Northern Fleet.
Murmansk is a unique city:
See the sights of the largest city in the world beyond the Arctic Circle - Murmansk
The opportunity to see the Northern Lights from Murmansk - this rare winter natural masterpiece
Arctic Ocean coastal scenery, rugged tundra and film locations
The opportunity to see the northern city from a completely different angle: lighthouses, waterfalls, bays
The symbol of the power of the icebreaker fleet of the USSR and Russia is the icebreaker "Lenin" and the ships of the tsarist fleet
Three-day tour of the Sredny and Rybachy peninsulas and a trip to the Musta-Tunturi ridge
Fantastic Kola landscapes, mountain peaks, glass-ice pillars and an ice lake
Opportunity to get to know northern sled dogs closer and ride in a sledding
Hear, see and feel the echoes of the heroic past of our grandfathers and great-grandfathers
9 best excursions in Murmansk with experienced guides, prices for tours from 1950 ₽
Murmansk is a city of military glory and the Northern Lights, excursions in Murmansk and its environs will be remembered for strong impressions. The memory of the Great Patriotic War, the severely beautiful northern nature and the majestic power of the Barents Sea.