3-day Snowmobile Tour in Karelia
On the 3-day tour, you will visit the Karelian region and Lychny Island to see the masterpiece of the wooden architecture of Karelia, the Church of Peter and Paul that dates back to 1620. There, marble was mined for the construction of Saint Petersburg. In the silence of winter coniferous forest, you will appreciate the delight of riding on frozen ponds, the happiness of wallowing in soft banks of snow and steaming in the real heat of a Russian banya.
Day 1. Beginning the trip in Petrozavodsk, you will have breakfast and get to know your guide and other members of the tour. After you depart, you will head to the mineral springs of the first Russian resort Marcial Waters, founded by Peter the Great himself in 1719, and try its glandular water that has unique healing properties. You will visit Kivach Falls, a 10.7-meter high cascade waterfall that is located in the Kivach Natural Reserve, and see Karelian birch, the symbol of Karelia that is valued for its original patterned wood texture. Then, the group will head to the location for husky sledding. You will get a detailed briefing and rush along a forest track with a musher. After the ride, you will put on snowshoes and go for a short walk through the snow-covered Karelian swamp. The day will conclude with dinner, and you will try venison with honey mustard sauce.
Day 2. After you select the equipment and get the necessary instructions on how to drive a snowmobile, you will set off along the planned route. You will take the paths through a winter forest until you reach frozen Sandal Lake. As you will feel more confident, you will gradually increase the speed. Soon, you will reach Lychny Island that has the oldest church in Karelia, the wooden Church of Peter and Paul. You will have a snack, drinking hot tea and treating yourself with cranberries in sugar and Karelian pastries. Once you get to Mount Belaya, you will visit a partially destroyed church of the 19th century, designed by Konstantin Ton, the architect of the Moscow Cathedral of Christ the Savior. For dinner, you will have traditional soup with cream and try delicious ryapushka, also known as vendace. You will sit in a cozy cafe, overlooking a river and old houses on the other side. In the evening, you will also taste Karelian tinctures and bathe in a Russian banya.
Day 3. On this day, you will visit the ancient volcano Girvas, which was discovered after the construction of a dam for a hydroelectric power station. You will snowshoe around the filming locations of The Dawns Here Are Quiet… For outdoor lunch, you will learn how to cook fish on a log, as well as drink tea with cloudberry jam and eat sandwiches with red caviar. Upon returning to Petrozavodsk, you will have dinner with dishes of Karelian cuisine in a cozy restaurant.
Highlights: Petrozavodsk, Marcial Waters, Kivach Falls, the Kivach Natural Reserve, Karelian birch, husky sledding, snowmobiling, Sandal Lake, Lychny Island, the Church of Peter and Paul, Mount Belaya, frying fish on a stone, Russian banya, Girvas, Karelian cuisine, snowshoeing.
Duration: 3 days and 2 nights. Departure: February 2022: 18.02-20.02, 25.02-27.02. March 2022: 06.03-08.03, 11.03-13.03, 18.03-20.03. Includes: transfer, meals, accommodation (2 nights, 2 people in a double room), a Russian banya visit, instructors and a guide (interpreter), snowmobile rental and equipment, fuel, a tour around Karelian villages, master classes, dog sledding, snowshoeing. Minimum 4 people.
For a group 4 - 16 people:
• 10% discount for children 12 years old or younger;
• Possible accommodation of up to 4 people in 4-bed cottages;
• Recommended age: 8 years old or older.
Cancellation policy: possible payment refund (minus the actual incurred expenses) if canceled less than 2 weeks prior to the event.