Ruskeala quarries, waterfalls and Viking village: walking and cognitive comfort tour in Karelia: description

Ruskeala quarries, waterfalls and Viking village: walking and cognitive comfort tour in Karelia: description

Winter vacation in Karelia is an opportunity to go skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, to see the wonderful nature of this region. Many are scared off by severe frosts and remoteness from big cities. However, the developed infrastructure of the ski resorts of Karelia compensates for this. You can get to them relatively quickly, and the choice of slopes and tracks will improve your riding skills.

Features of winter recreation in the region

Amazing nature, hills and whole mountain ranges are combined with coniferous forests in the region. Due to the large territory, there are many ski resorts, some of them are located near large cities. In addition to downhill skiing and freeriding, other types of winter recreation can be worked out here.

The most popular is reindeer and dog sledding. The journey can take several hours or days. At the same time, the terrain will constantly change - it is often dotted with elevation changes, hills, dense forests. For extreme skiing, many people choose snowmobiles. On the map of the slopes of the ski resorts of Karelia, there are many places for freeriding, which attracts extreme sports.

Features and benefits of winter holidays:

  • Weather. The winters are snowy, but the temperature difference is different. So, in Petrozavodsk, it rarely drops below -15 ° С. In the northern regions, temperatures can reach -30 ° C.
  • The season runs from November to May. Some camp sites have snow cannons to keep the snow cover up until summer.
  • The height of the snow can reach 1 m, the cover with good density allows cross-country skiers and tourists on snowmobiles to pass.
  • There are many large and clean lakes in the region. In winter, they are often used for winter fishing. If the reservoir is located next to the ski complex, an ice rink is organized on it.
  • The sun is hidden behind clouds almost all winter. This does not interfere with comfortable skiing, snowboarding.

In the Republic of Karelia there are several large cities with convenient transport links - Petrozavodsk, Medvezhyegorsk. From them it is convenient to get to the ski resorts of Karelia by buses, suburban electric trains, and a car. In the latter case, it is necessary to plan places for overnight stays, as the journey may take several days.

Sports ski resorts in the region

Many bases and sports complexes have been organized for winter recreation. They differ in living conditions, slope maps and the complexity of the tracks. Some are designed only for family vacations; their infrastructure includes children's schools, clubs, and sports grounds. For adults, there are nightclubs and entertainment programs. The region is gradually becoming the center of winter recreation in Russia. The first impetus for this is regional development programs.

Little Bear

This ski base in Karelia is located near the town of Medvezhyegorsk. You can get to it from St. Petersburg along the highway to Murmansk by your own car or by train. The peculiarity of the sports base is accommodation in a hotel or comfortable log cabins, which are fully adapted to the conditions of the Karelian winter.

There is a ski school here, where programs for adult tourists and young skiers are created. There is a rental office for ski equipment and equipment. In addition to the standard slope map, there are slopes for tubing, you can order a "cheesecake". There are freeride areas that can be reached by snowmobile.

  • Number of runs - 4. 2 green and 2 blue.
  • Vertical drop - 80 m.
  • The longest descent - 400 meters.
  • 2 drag lifts are in operation.
  • Trails with artificial lighting, you can ski after sunset.

TOP-3 ski resorts in Karelia: piste schemes, prices and accommodation

A great opportunity to spend a weekend and spend time actively without going far!

Intensive program Cozy guest house Delicious food Cheerful instructors Active and informative walks in interesting places We go light, we don't carry backpacks anywhere.

Make your trip more economical! This route has a progressive cost system: - if you make an advance payment 22 days before the hike or more - the cost is 15,500 rubles. (with a club card) - when making an advance payment 21 days before the hike or less - the cost is 17,500 rubles. (with a club card) - if you make an advance payment 14 days before the hike or less - the cost is 19,000 rubles. (with a club card) - if you make an advance payment 7 days before the hike or less - the cost is 20,500 rubles. (by club card)

Daily program


We meet at the railway station in St. Sortavala at 10:20 and go for a walk around the city.

We will walk along the main street of the city and see historical Finnish buildings: a fire station with a watchtower, the City Hall and the house of the banker Lender. Let's take a look at an unusual museum, which is located in an old building of Finnish construction in 1904 - an exhibition hall of the collection of the artist Kronid Gogolev, a master who worked in the technique of sculptural relief on wood. Here you can see skillfully made wooden paintings depicting the Karelian-Finnish epic, Russian folklore, the nature of Valaam, the way of life and holidays of the Russian people.

After that we will go to Vakkosalmi Park. We will take a walk in the park and go up to the observation deck, from where a beautiful view of the city opens. Let's rest and breathe fresh air, drink hot tea in the gazebo at the top, have a snack and get to know each other.

After sunset we check into our cozy guest house and we all cook dinner together.

After dinner we'll play board games. We have a whole bunch of board games. At the same time, if you have a game that you really want to play - bring it with you!


Description of ski resorts in the Republic of Karelia: Malaya Medvezhka, Spasskaya Guba and Yalgora. Detailed slopes map, accommodation, infrastructure. Ski-pass prices.


Karelia is one of the most beautiful regions of Russia. God was clearly on his way, creating a placer of blue lakes, countless rivers with crystal water, a green sea of ​​taiga. The glacier, which literally plowed the mountains, was of great help in creating this natural masterpiece. This is how moraines, skerries and giant boulders appeared.

Karelia is a country within a country. It is equal in area to Greece, and Switzerland is four times larger. It has at its disposal two largest European lakes - Ladoga and Onega. The Ruskeala marble canyon, which is a unique natural and industrial monument, is very popular. In Karelia there are rock paintings of ancient people, craters of extinct volcanoes and mineral springs.

It's hard to believe, but on average there is a lake for every Karelian family! In total, there are more than 60 thousand natural reservoirs. And then there are 27 thousand rivers! In addition, there is an extended coastline of the White Sea. Nowhere else in the world is there such a ratio of water and land. Therefore, lovers of rafting and water travel go to these lands. Karelia is an ideal place for active recreation.

Rivers of Karelia

Kivach Waterfall on the Suna River

Karelia is a country of rivers. There are tens of thousands of them! Many have a restive nature and therefore are especially loved by extreme sportsmen. There are a dozen rivers that are most in demand for rafting. Combined tours involve access to the White Sea. For rafting, kayaks and catamarans are used. The route programs certainly include beautiful landscapes and a dose of adrenaline.

The Keret river opens the list of rafting routes. It flows in the north of Karelia and crosses the Loukhsky region. It begins in the lake of the same name, and flows into the White Sea. The river is rich in salmon, trout, pink salmon. There are more than a dozen rapids downstream - Murash, Schelevoy, Petrijarvi and others.

The Chirko-Kem River originates at the confluence of the Kem and Chirka rivers. Most of the rapids and rapids do not freeze even in winter. The Gorshok threshold is so strong that its noise can be heard from several kilometers away. Only the Takhko-Padun rapids are larger than it.

The Pistajoki River originates in Finland and has more than three dozen obstacles! The most famous rapids are Padun, Hirvi, Furliai. Tumcha is another northern river. It is divided between Karelia and the Murmansk region. With a length of 16 kilometers, it has a number of worthy rapids, including the "Hat", "Snake" and "Cornice".

The Vama and Vodla rivers flow in the south-east of Karelia. They originate in Vodlozero and flow into Onega. In ancient times, this waterway was used by Novgorodians. The attraction of Vodla is the Padun waterfall, and at its mouth there are the famous Onega petroglyphs. The Suna River also flows into Lake Onega. The famous Kivach waterfall seethes on it. Popular rafting routes are also available on the Pongoma, Kuzema and Vinca rivers.

Trekking routes on the rivers of Karelia:

White Sea

Karelia, located in the North-West of Russia, in its area exceeds the area of, for example, the Benelux countries - Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg taken together, more than twice. The main part of the sights of Karelia are monuments of its beautiful nature and monuments of ancient history - religious buildings scattered throughout its territory.

There are 61 thousand lakes and 27 thousand rivers in Karelia, including the largest lakes in Europe, Ladoga and Onega. Therefore, many attractions are the most beautiful places of nature on the banks of rivers and lakes, and historical monuments left by people who lived on the banks of these reservoirs. Most of Karelia is covered with forests, there are low, picturesque mountains. The "trademark" feature of the Karelian nature is the combination of lakes, granite rocks and boulders on the shores of pine forests. All these numerous granite boulders and rocks in Karelia were left by a glacier that completely disappeared only 9500 years ago. Using these boulders and stones, ancient people created many of their sacred places of worship in Karelia, which today are of interest to both researchers and tourists.

Many of these natural and historical monuments are widely known and are "must-see" for everyone who, while traveling in Karelia, is nearby. Here are the ones that are well known:

Kivach Waterfall

The Kivach waterfall is located on the Suna River, to protect the waterfall and the surrounding nature, back in 1931 a reserve was created here, named after the waterfall.

The reserve occupies more than 110 square kilometers, and with a protected zone - about 170. In the wonderful local arboretum and museum, you can see rare plants of the forests of Karelia and its northern forest-tundra.

The Kivach waterfall itself is very beautiful, the water flow vertically falls from a height of 8 meters, and the total height of the waterfall is 10 meters. The fall is accompanied by many splashes and the smallest water drops, in which sunlight refracts and plays, giving rise to an unforgettable sight.

From the capital of Karelia - Petrozavodsk to the village of Kivach along the P-21 highway, go 78 kilometers.

Mount Sampo

If you have visited the Kivach waterfall, on the way back to Petrozavodsk you can stop by the famous Sampo mountain, which is also located in the Kondopozhsky district of Karelia. The mountain has a shape that reminded the ancient Karelians of the Sampo magic mill from the folk epic, which is why it got this name.

A forest grows on the mountain and an observation deck is built at the top, where tourists like to take photos against the backdrop of the endless Karelian forests stretching from the foot of the mountain to the horizon.

A comfortable gentle path leads to the mountain, so that the ascent will be convenient for tourists of any age.

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One of the main attractions of Karelia is the Kizhi Museum. It is both an island in Lake Onega and a complex of wooden architecture buildings, one of the largest open-air museums in Russia. Old peasant buildings, mills, bell towers and churches were brought here from all over Karelia from forgotten villages and are now being actively restored. And the dates of construction fall on the 18-19 centuries. The museum is included in the UNESCO heritage list.

As in Valaam, there are three ways to get here in winter:

  • By helicopter. Yes, it's expensive, but it's a great opportunity to look at the reserve and Karelian beauties from above. The cost, together with a tour of the museum-reserve, from 8,000 rubles, provided that there is a group of several people.
  • On Khivus, this is such a hovercraft. Perhaps the most comfortable, inexpensive and safe option, therefore it is great for families with children. The total cost of a full-fledged excursion from Petrozavodsk to Khivus, with meals and entrance tickets, will cost 4,700 rubles, or 3,400 rubles from the village of Velikaya Guba. The museum provides discounts for children and privileged categories of citizens. And you can also get to Kizhi on such a boat as part of a trip, for example, on our weekend trip in Karelia.
  • Or on snowmobiles. True, this is more for lovers of activities and extreme sports. You can get to Kizhi by snowmobiles on group tours offered by local companies - as a rule, they are for a couple of days with an overnight stay.

In winter, in addition to an excursion, here you can take part in a master class and learn about the tradition of tea drinking in Karelia. And, of course, try Kizhi tea with hot baked goods. It also hosts thematic weeks with different programs. the cost of the entrance ticket is 600 rubles, and then, depending on your preferences, you can order an excursion and additional master classes.

You can view all available events, schedules and prices for the winter 2020-2021 on the official website of the museum - . arelia. u/whatson/festivals/1043.

Please note: it is usually possible to get to the island by Khivus from Petrozavodsk only from February, it depends on the state of the ice on Onega. At other times, when the ice is not yet strong, you will have to get from the village of Velikaya Guba, and it will take 5-6 hours to get there from Petrozavodsk.


I have already covered the Ruskeala mountain park in detail in a series of articles:

This is also one of the main attractions of Karelia. The basis of the park is a marble quarry, where marble has been mined since the 18th century by order of Catherine II. By the way, St. Isaac's and Kazan Cathedrals are decorated with marble from here.

In the last century, mining stopped, and on the site of the canyon there is now a stunning lake among marble rocks and pine trees. And the area around has been turned into a mountain park with walking paths and underground tunnels, which are cool to walk along both in winter and in summer.

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