Karelia

Winter tour in Karelia: dog-sledding and relax

Exciting family tour with unforgettable trips dog-pulled sleds along Karelian woods and frozen lakes. Real Russian winter with enormous snow-white snowdrifts and the snow which creaks in the frost, views of snow-covered villages and lakes, unique monuments of history, hospitable people and Karelian cuisine - all these things are waiting for you in this travel.

  • Activity
  • Culture
  • Comfort
  • Avaliable: February — beginning of March
  • Duration: 9 days
  • Group: from 4 people
  • Border permits: no needed
Languages: English German French Italian
  • Total transfer time: 20 hours
  • Dog-sledding distance: 80 km
  • Accommodation: hotel 3*, wooden houses
  • Start: Petrozavodsk (flights or train from Moscow, trains from St. Petersburg)
Day 1
Meeting at the airport or train station of Petrozavodsk. Transfer to the tourist base to Kudama Village on Lake Syamozero which appeared in the twentieth century at the place of ancient Saami site – first occupants of this area of the 3rd -1st century BC. Accommodation in the Russian style wooden guest house. Karelian dishes with tasting of liqueurs made of northern berries.
Day 2
Today the program includes an eventful travelling on the dog-pulled sleds in the snow-covered taiga (30 km). You will get acquainted with the life of first occupants of this land - Wood Saami, learn about a taiga life and the rules of care of the dog team. Such interesting pastime will not only give you plenty of positive emotions but will allow to switch to the high-grade interesting rest full of events, adventures, new knowledge and impressions.
Day 3
Dog-pulled sleds (45-50 km). During the trip you will be able to take nice photos with winter views of the Karelian nature. Participation in feeding of the dogs of your team.
Day 4
Free time for rest in Russian nature. Options: ski walking in the picturesque neighborhood, ice fishing on the lake (a pike, an eelpout, a perch, a pike perch), Finnish sledge riding, snowmobile tours. National dinner in yaranga round the bonfire. Karelian smoked fish from the lake and national Karelian pies (“kalitka”).
Day 5
We leave the small village Kudama on Lake Syamozero and set off to Kinerma - ancient Karelian village, which is unique place. The only one family lives here. You will immerse into the culture and life of Karelian people which have kept their traditions from the 18-19th centuries. Accommodation in the guest house, built in traditional style with typical Russian old stove.
Day 6
Enjoy silence and harmony around nice Kinerma. Ski/snowshoe walks. Karelian cuisine. Banya (Russian old style smoke sauna) in the evening. Night in the cozy guest house in Kinerma.
Day 7
Morning walking in the forest, to the Vedlozero lake. Karelian pies master-class. Transfer to Petrozavodsk in the afternoon. On the way: visit to Pryazha or Vedlozero village. Accommodation in the hotel.
Day 8
Visit to the Museum-Reserve on Kizhi island by hovercraft on the ice of the frozen Lake Onega (one way travelling time - 1 hour 30 minutes). The program includes a sightseeing tour around the island-museum. Return to Petrozavodsk. Walking along the Onego Lake embankment.
Day 9
Transfer to Petrozavodsk railway station or airport. Departure to St. Petersburg or Moscow. Note: After this program you can take 2-3 extra days with the excursion program in St.-Petersburg or Moscow (an additional fee, upon request).
Included
  • Invitation for a tourist visa
  • English-speaking guide and instructor
  • Meeting at the airport
  • All transfers
  • Accommodation
  • 3 meals a day
  • 2 dog-sledding days
  • Russian bath (sauna)
  • Rent all equipment
  • all activities and excursions according the program
Not included
  • Flights to St.Petersburg/Moscow and return tickets
  • flight or train to Petrozavodsk, tourist visa
  • Tourist visa
  • Single accommodation
  • Souvenirs
  • Tips
  • Personal equipment
  • Additional paid services
Price from 1740
Options Per (persons / group) Price
Meeting at St. Petersburg or Moscow Per person for request
St. Petersburg and Moscow excursions Per person for request
Winter tour in Karelia: dog-sledding and relax
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