Active winter holidays in Karelia: an overview of ski resorts

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Go hiking in winter and enjoy a sporty outing to the fullest!

Winter hikes are available to everyone and are a great way to enjoy the beauty of the mountains in cold weather. Regardless of your age and snowshoeing, winter hiking is a great experience. Prepare in advance and discover a new kind of landscape - snow-capped mountains

What is a winter hike?

We are talking about hiking in snow-covered mountainous or flat terrain along a pre-paved route and at a steady sports pace. In fact, this is an entertaining sports event associated with active movement and contemplation of the surrounding landscapes.

At all times, people have practiced trekking over certain distances. As we know it, hiking as a sport and leisure activity has been practiced since the 19th century.

Hikes differ from ordinary travel in that the route itself is important in them, and not the final destination. At the same time, hiking involves some physical activity, without which it is more likely to be a regular walk.

The hike can be traced anywhere - over flat areas and mountain slopes, up and down, along existing routes or off the beaten track. Although they usually go on a hike away from paved trails, fast-paced skiers and the noise of lifts, the main condition is safety.

If you want to try different ways and experience different activities, try different activities - go hiking in winter hiking boots and then put on your snowshoes.

Winter hiking rules

On the one hand, hiking requires only one thing - to be able to walk. On the other hand, mountain trips require knowledge of certain safety rules.

The main rule is careful preparation.

Before hiking in the mountains, it is important to prepare: listen to the weather report, plot a route on the map, prepare a backpack with water and a snack, so that you have enough strength and energy for the entire journey. If the weather conditions do not seem 100% favorable, just postpone the hike for another day - the mountains will wait for you!

How to pack for a mountain hike in winter

Bright tourist premieres and time-tested hits, gastro- and ethno-exclusives - this is how Ugra is preparing to welcome guests this coming winter. Experts from the tourism industry of Khanty-Mansiysk, Surgut and Kogalym told the details of what is already waiting for tourists in the region.

WHAT WINTER HOLIDAY IS POSSIBLE IN UGRA

When it comes to Ugra, many people think of a distant northern region with a modest range of tourist opportunities somewhere “on the sub-core”. However, this stereotype has long been outdated. Ugra today is an exclusive resting place, a land untouched by mass tourism with virgin nature, unique ethnics and gastronomy.

Ugra is a developed and close region with good transport accessibility. Khanty-Mansiysk and Moscow are separated by only 3 hours of flight by plane (all in all, there are 10 airports in the region, 4 of them are international). The network of highways is also developed here, there is a railway connection. Tourists in Ugra are ready to receive 245 hotels of various categories - from 1 * to 5 *.

The good thing for the guests of Ugra is that tourism in the region is not constrained by seasonality: you can come here at any time of the year. But a special time of the year for Ugra is, of course, winter. She saturates this region with real northern charm and at the same time elusive grace.

Tourists who come here in winter will enjoy a varied and unforgettable vacation with local exclusives. The most varied - from completely unusual gastronomy and colorful winter festivals to expeditionary dog ​​sledding tours in the lands of the Khanty.

“Here tourists can taste excellent cuisine and extreme northern SPA. They will learn how to harness reindeer, how to drive a dog sled. You can swim with a shark and see with your own eyes where oil is mined. And that's not all, "- opening a webinar on the tourism opportunities of Ugra, which took place the other day on the ATOR platform, said Vladislava Vishnevskaya, head of the center of competence in the field of tourism of the Ugra Development Fund.

WHAT NORTHERN DELICACIES YOU NEED TO TRY IN UGRA

Ugra is a unique region with distinctive cuisine, there are many amusing and rare delicacies. Therefore, they pay great attention to the development of gastronomic tourism.

“We have compiled a gastronomic map of Ugra and tried to display on it all the interesting dishes that can be tasted anywhere - be it in restaurants and cafes of Khanty-Mansiysk or in camps,” said Dmitry Savvateev, head of the department Tourism Department of the Ugra Industry Department.

Mr. Savvateev advises tourists who are going to Ugra for the first time to choose from the TOP-10 local dishes that must be tried here.

You can start with maybe muksun. Muksun meat is served raw, marinated with vinegar, salt, pepper and onion rings.

Are you crazy about mountains in winter and endless snowy landscapes? But at the same time you are not very fond of or know how to ski? Then go hiking in winter - and enjoy your sports trip to the fullest! How to pack for a mountain hike in winter

Winter tourism is actively growing in Karelia, which is why there are plenty of activities for active recreation. Here you can ride reindeer and dog sleds, go winter fishing, take part in snowmobile tours, and walk along natural attractions. Ski resorts also function.

The main part of entertainment is concentrated near Petrozavodsk - the capital of Karelia.

Travelers with children will love the trip to the local Santa Claus - Talvi Ukko. Not far from the Talvi Ukko residence, there is a kennel with sled deer and dogs.

In winter, in Karelia, you can admire the northern lights. The brightest glow is observed in Paanajärvi Park and near the village of Nilmo. A small glow can also be seen in Petrozavodsk.

Weather in Karelia in winter

Snowy and frosty winter in Karelia. December temperatures are on average no lower than minus 10 C. By the second half of January, they drop significantly lower. The climate is characterized by high humidity, so the frosts are felt brighter and stronger here. You also need to remember that during the winter months in Karelia, daylight hours are much shorter. So, the sunrise is at about 10 am and the sunset is at about 4 pm.

Active rest in Karelia

Rest in the winter must certainly be active. In Karelia, there are very diverse types of entertainment:

  • Husky. One of the largest nurseries is located here. Dog sledding is a great option for an unforgettable experience.
  • Skiing. The republic is replete with picturesque landscapes.
  • Snowmobiles. Such rest will allow not only to get a gamut of emotions, but also to reboot the body.

Ski Resorts

The features of the terrain and climate make it possible to locate here a large number of ski resorts with different heights of 50-100 meters. The most popular ski resorts are Kurgan, Yalgora, Gorka and Kallivo Park.

Yalgora

The resort is located close to Petrozavodsk. You can get here from the city in 40 minutes by car. From the airport of Petrozavodsk 45-50 minutes.

Active tourism itself is becoming more and more popular in our country. Guests of Sochi, who come here not for the first time, often try to diversify their stay, choosing a fun and exciting pastime.

Fortunately, the city and its surroundings, the natural landscape and excellent climatic conditions allow us to do this at the highest level.

From simple walks to downhill ski slopes and rope parks, every visiting tourist can find an exciting activity to their liking.

Let's take a closer look at some of the most interesting options.

Horseback riding

These walks are usually divided into different levels of difficulty: from simple walking trails to climbing mountains.

Among the routes there is a hike to the White Rocks, a hilly forest opposite the Olympic Park, Varvarovskoe Lake, along the Maly Akhun mountain, to the Baranovsky waterfalls and many other natural attractions.

Most of them have cafes and recreation areas, so you can not only walk an interesting path on the saddle, but also chat with animals during a halt.

Quad Tours

If you wish, you can replace a live horse with an iron one and with a roar of motors, as well as boiling adrenaline in your blood, ride an ATV on impassable fields, forests, mountains and rivers.

Active tourism itself is becoming more and more popular in our country. Guests of Sochi, who come here not for the first time, often try to diversify their stay, choosing a fun and exciting pastime.

Fortunately, the city and its surroundings, the natural landscape and excellent climatic conditions allow us to do this at the highest level.

From simple walks to downhill ski slopes and rope parks, every visiting tourist can find an exciting activity to their liking.

Let's take a closer look at some of the most interesting options.

Horseback riding

These walks are usually divided into different levels of difficulty: from simple walking trails to climbing mountains.

Among the routes there is a hike to the White Rocks, a hilly forest opposite the Olympic Park, Varvarovskoe Lake, along the Maly Akhun mountain, to the Baranovsky waterfalls and many other natural attractions.

Most of them have cafes and recreation areas, so you can not only walk an interesting path on the saddle, but also chat with animals during a halt.

Quad Tours

If you wish, you can replace a live horse with an iron one and with a roar of motors, as well as boiling adrenaline in your blood, ride an ATV on impassable fields, forests, mountains and rivers.

Forest trails, with the intersection of mountain rivers, fords, descents and ascents, will lead tourists straight to the "Healing Springs", the landscapes of Krasnaya Polyana, the Orekhovsky waterfalls, to the canyon of the Psakho River or to more than 100 fabulous places.

Karting

Racing excitement in the eyes can be experienced not only on the Formula 1 track. Karting races at the best karting circuit in Sochi will give all visitors a lot of positive and thrill.

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