Excursion tour to Karelia

with winter activities

(3 days)

The Republic of Karelia is the land of lakes and forest. Ancient inhabitants of this region – Saami used dogsleds as a main way of transportation. Nowadays we use snowmobiles to get to the winter snow covered forest. During outdoor activities of this tour, you will get more energy and exciting emotions and in the evening, you will be warmed by the atmosphere of the cozy restaurant and traditional Russian sauna. We wish you enjoyable journey!

Day 1

07:00 – meeting on Petrozavodsk railway station near the car of the train № 12.

Breakfast in the hotel «Park Inn».

Dividing into 2 subgroups.

1 group

Transfer to the start of dogsledding safari, 90 km.

Meeting with a dog-driver. Briefing. Choosing of the equipment.  Dogsledding safari, 10 km route.  

Main part of the route is held in forest. The distance is of average complexity with slopes and lifts and sharp turns.

Lunch after finishing the route. Taking pictures with dogs.

Transfer to tourist center, 40 km. Check in at the hotel.

 

2 group

Transfer to the start of snowmobile route, 70 km. Check in at the hotel.

Choosing of the equipment. Briefing on how to run a snowmobile and safety instructions.

Practicing on a snowmobile.

Circular snowmobile route through the forest:

tourist center  - village Rubcheila – tourist center, 80 km.

 

Village Rubcheila is a unique complex monument of national Karelian architecture of the XIX century. You will get to know the folk tradition of Sjamozerie. Hospitable owners of one of the traditional karelian houses will entertain you with dishes of national cuisine. Return to the tourist center.

Dinner in the restaurant of the tourist center (both groups together).

Russian sauna (for extra payment).

Day 2

Breakfast. Subgroups are changing for their programs.

 

1 group

Choosing of the equipment. Briefing on how to run a snowmobile and safety instructions.

Practicing on a snowmobile.

Circular snowmobile route through the forest:

tourist center  - village Rubcheila – tourist center, 80 km.

Village Rubcheila is a unique complex monument of national Karelian architecture of the XIX century. You will get to know the folk tradition of Sjamozerie. Hospitable owners of one of the traditional karelian houses will entertain you with dishes of national cuisine. Return to the tourist center.

2 group

Transfer to the start of dogsledding safari, 40 km.

Meeting with a dog-driver. Briefing. Choosing of the equipment.  Dogsledding safari, 10 km route.  

Main part of the route is held in forest. The distance is of average complexity with slopes and lifts and sharp turns.

Lunch after finishing the route. Taking pictures with dogs.

Transfer the tourist center, 40 km.

Dinner in the restaurant of the tourist center (both groups together).

Russian sauna (for extra payment).

Day 3

Breakfast. Check out of the hotel.

Bus excursion to Kivach Waterfall, 120 km (both groups together).

 

Kivach Waterfall is the second largest plain waterfall in Europe with 4 terraces and the height of 10,7 m. The name of the waterfall originates from the karelian word kivas – snow mountain. Famous Russian poet G.R. Derzhavin inscribed a poem «Waterfall» to this unique nature monument after visiting it in 1785.

 

Excursion on the territory of Kivach nature reserve includes visiting Kivach Waterfall, nature museum and the karelian birch alley.

Lunch. Visiting The Assumption Church in Kondopoga – the monument of wooden architecture of the Russian north.

Transfer to Petrozavodsk.

Dinner in the hotel «Park Inn».

Walking to the railway station.

22:40 Leaving Petrozavodsk by the evening train**

* Itinerary could be changed without changing main elements of the program

**the group could leave Petrozavodsk by train at 18:00 in case of early start of program. Dinner in that case will be changed to packed lunch.

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