24 days in Republic of Karelia Itinerary

24 days in Republic of Karelia Itinerary

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Fly to Petrozavodsk Airport, Drive to Hirvas
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Hirvas
— 1 night
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Belomorsk
— 3 nights
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Kizhi
— 2 nights
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Valaam
— 2 nights
Drive
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Lakhdenpokhya
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ruskeala
— 1 night
Drive
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Pitkyaranta
— 1 night
Drive
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Petrozavodsk
— 11 nights
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Hirvas — 1 night

On the 7th (Sat), contemplate the geological forces at Ancient volcano Girvas and then take in the dramatic scenery at Kivach State Nature Reserve Kivach Waterfalls.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Hirvas trip itinerary maker tool.

Moscow to Hirvas is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. On the 8th (Sun), you'll travel to Belomorsk.
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Parks · Nature · Wildlife
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Belomorsk — 3 nights

Belomorsk is a town and the administrative center of Belomorsky District of the Republic of Karelia, Russia, located on the Onega Bay on the shore of the White Sea. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Belomorsk: Kem (Pomorye Local Lore Museum & Nemetskiy Kuzov Island). There's lots more to do: make a trip to 19th Flood Gate of White Sea–Baltic Canal, see the interesting displays at Belomorskiye Petroglify Belomorsk District Museum of Local Lore, and take an in-depth tour of Belomorsk Local Lore Museum.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Belomorsk holiday site.

Traveling by car from Hirvas to Belomorsk takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. On the 11th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Kizhi.
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Museums · Parks · Nature
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Kizhi — 2 nights

On the 12th (Thu), examine the collection at Kizhi State Open-Air Museum of History, Architecture and Ethnography.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Kizhi trip tool.

Explore your travel options from Belomorsk to Kizhi with the Route module. You will leave for Valaam on the 13th (Fri).
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Museums
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Valaam — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): take a peaceful walk through Viewing Point at Mountain Yeleon, explore the landscape on two wheels at Valaam Monastery, and then don't miss a visit to Hermitage of All Saints. On the 15th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Ascension Chapel and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Resurrection Cathedral.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Valaam trip builder website.

Explore your travel options from Kizhi to Valaam with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to drive to Lakhdenpokhya.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Trails
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Lakhdenpokhya — 2 nights

Lakhdenpokhya is a town and the administrative center of Lakhdenpokhsky District of the Republic of Karelia, Russia, located 330km west of Petrozavodsk on the Aurayoki River. Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Lutheran Church and then explore the ancient world of Ruins of Lutheran Church of Yakkim's Parish. On the 17th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll around Park Vakkosalmi and then see the interesting displays at Regional Museum of Northern Ladoga.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Lakhdenpokhya sightseeing planning app.

Traveling by car from Valaam to Lakhdenpokhya takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Valaam to Lakhdenpokhya. In May, daytime highs in Lakhdenpokhya are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can go by car to Ruskeala.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Museums
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Ruskeala — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Karelian Zoo, then take in the dramatic scenery at Ruskeala Waterfalls, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Ruskeala Mountain Park.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Ruskeala sightseeing planner.

Drive from Lakhdenpokhya to Ruskeala in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in May, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Pitkyaranta.
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Pitkyaranta — 1 night

Pitkyaranta is a town and the administrative center of Pitkyarantsky District of the Republic of Karelia, Russia, located on the northeastern coast of Lake Ladoga. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): pause for some photo ops at Memorial Cross Of Sorrow and then admire the sheer force of Waterfall Belyye Mosty.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Pitkyaranta trip builder website.

You can drive from Ruskeala to Pitkyaranta in 1.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time to Moscow Standard Time is 1 hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Petrozavodsk.
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Petrozavodsk — 11 nights

Petrozavodsk is the capital city of the Republic of Karelia, Russia, which stretches along the western shore of Lake Onega for some 27km. Get out of town with these interesting Petrozavodsk side-trips: Kondopoga (Carillon/ 18 Bells & Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary). Next up on the itinerary: walk around Pribrezhny Park Pobedy and Onezhskaya Embankment, make a trip to Embankment of Lake Onega, pause for some serene contemplation at Alexander Nevskiy Cathedral, and pause for some photo ops at Monument to Peter the Great.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Petrozavodsk trip planner.

Traveling by car from Pitkyaranta to Petrozavodsk takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to fly back home.
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Republic of Karelia travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Mountains · Parks
Sandwiched between the basins of the White and Baltic Seas in Northwest Russia, Republic of Karelia offers numerous sightseeing prospects to fans of ethnic tourism. Its four indigenous peoples, Karelians, Finns, Russians, and Vepps, have created their own distinctive culture over the course of ten centuries. This rocky, lake and forestland bearing the traces of glaciation boasts more than 4,000 historical, cultural, and natural attractions. You'll find unique monuments, such as petroglyphs, the sanctuaries of ancient Saami, and houses and tombs of the "runo" singers related to the famous Karelian-Finnish epic poem "Kalevala." The nature of Karelia, with its rock formations and forested hills rising above lakes, rivers, and marshlands, provides many hiking trails, fishing spots, cross-country skiing tracks, and river routes for kayaking, canoeing, or rafting.
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