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Great Russian lakes
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Snowmobiling in Karelia

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Great Russian lakes
Difficulty
Difficulty levels
Easy. Passive relaxation and sightseeing — cruises for example. No physical activities. Good for older people.
Normal. Active tours. You don’t have to be a sportsman, but you need to be strong enough to ride a snowmobile or go hiking in the mountains.
Advanced. Get ready for a challenge — long trekking with a heavy backpack on the shoulders, rafting along mountain rivers.
Hard. Professional training and perfect physical fitness are required. The level involves climbing to the tops of the mountains (above 3000 meters), freeriding and North Pole diving.
Age
12 y.o.
Group size
from 4 to 16 person
Duration
3 days

Accommodation during the trip

2 nights

Languages

EN
guide
FR
guide
Start date
27 February 2020
  • 27 February 2020
  • 12 March 2020
  • 26 March 2020
End date:
29 February 2020
63 551 RUB

The biggest lakes in Europe — Lake Ladoga and Lake Onega, picturesque forest roads, old villages, snowy dunes... In this journey Karelia opens for you all the secret corners of the region. 

Most popular
Great Russian lakes
Difficulty
Difficulty levels
Easy. Passive relaxation and sightseeing — cruises for example. No physical activities. Good for older people.
Normal. Active tours. You don’t have to be a sportsman, but you need to be strong enough to ride a snowmobile or go hiking in the mountains.
Advanced. Get ready for a challenge — long trekking with a heavy backpack on the shoulders, rafting along mountain rivers.
Hard. Professional training and perfect physical fitness are required. The level involves climbing to the tops of the mountains (above 3000 meters), freeriding and North Pole diving.
Age
from 12 y.o.
Group size
from 4 to 16 person
Duration
3 days

Accommodation during the trip

2 nights

Languages

EN
guide
FR
guide
Start date
27 February 2020
  • 27 February 2020
  • 12 March 2020
  • 26 March 2020
End date:
29 February 2020
63 551 RUB

Experiences you'll have

From Lake Syamozero to Lake Ladoga by snowmobiles

In three days you will travel more than 350 km on snowmobiles from Lake Syamozero to Lake Ladoga. The route will pass through snowy forest trails, frozen rivers and dunes, as well as cozy ancient Karelian villages. 

This program is a good idea for a weekend journey. Both beginners and experienced riders will enjoy beautiful winter trails through varying landscapes.

Highlights of the tour:

  • an excursion to the sled dogs' kennel, where you will meet cute huskies, samoyeds, Alaskan malamutes, and even can ride a dog sled (for extra fee)
  • a visit to one of the oldest settlement in Karelia — a 440-years-old Kinerma village, where you will have a walk along quiet streets, visit a church and taste local cuisine

 

Note: the tour program can be slightly changed due to the weather conditions.

Itinerary

The journey begins in Petrozavodsk, where you should get to on your own. Please, note: a return ticket must be taken from the station Lodeynoye Pole. We are ready to help with the purchase of tickets. If necessary, leave a comment in the application.

 

You will be met at the railway station of Petrozavodsk at 08:55 am on the first day of the program (by the time of arrival of the train № 018 from Moscow).

Day 1 A visit to the sled dogs' kennel

After meeting at the railway station in Petrozavodsk you will have breakfast in a cafe. Then you will be taken to Chalna village. Here a tour to the sled dogs' kennel is waiting for you. Then you will meets with the instructors, try on your equipment and have a safety-briefing. If you are a beginner, you can also learn some snowmobile moves.

 

Next you will have a trip to Lake Syamozero with snowmobiles. The route will pass through snowy forest trails, frozen rivers and dunes. On the way you will have a stop for having lunch. 

 

In the evening you will come to the touristic base. Here you will be accommodated in double rooms, have dinner and relax in a sauna (extra charge). 

 

The length of the route is 80 km by snowmobiles.

Day 2 Ancient Kinerma village

After breakfast you will check-out from the tourist base. Your itinerary today will include several frozen lakes and old Karelian villages, such as lakes Shotozero and Kroshnozero, as well as Vedlozero, Kinerma and Tigvera villages. The final stop will be in Kukshegory village.

 

For lunch you will stop in the ancient Kinerma village (16th century), famous for its northern wooden architecture. There, you will visit a chapel and taste local specialties in the old museum house, with traditional pies and tea. 


The day will finish with arriving to the tourist base near the Umostu (Kukshegory) village. Here you will stay in the rooms, will have dinner and enjoy Russian-style banya (extra charge). 

 

The length of the route is 150-170 km by snowmobiles.

Day 3 Along the banks of Lake Ladoga

After breakfast you will leave for a round trip towards Ladoga Lake. It is a lake of tectonic and glacial origin, the second biggest lake in Russia after Baikal. There are many sandy dunes, covered in snow, on the banks of Ladoga Lake. They are perfect for free riding. 

 

On the route you will stop to have lunch and will visit the Syandensky Uspensky convent. After that you will return to the base and will have dinner. In the evening you will move to Lodeynoe pole train station by bus.

 

The length of the route is 90-120 km by snowmobiles.

Most popular
Great Russian lakes
Difficulty
Difficulty levels
Easy. Passive relaxation and sightseeing — cruises for example. No physical activities. Good for older people.
Normal. Active tours. You don’t have to be a sportsman, but you need to be strong enough to ride a snowmobile or go hiking in the mountains.
Advanced. Get ready for a challenge — long trekking with a heavy backpack on the shoulders, rafting along mountain rivers.
Hard. Professional training and perfect physical fitness are required. The level involves climbing to the tops of the mountains (above 3000 meters), freeriding and North Pole diving.
Age
12 y.o.
Group size
from 4 to 16 person
Duration
3 days

Accommodation during the trip

2 nights

Languages

EN
guide
FR
guide
Start date
27 February 2020
  • 27 February 2020
  • 12 March 2020
  • 26 March 2020
End date:
29 February 2020
63 551 RUB

Accommodation during the trip

The first night you will stay in "Alekka" touristic base. It is located on the picturesque banks of Lake Syamozero, 70 km from Petrozavodsk. You will be accommodated in in comfortable double or twin rooms with solid pine furniture. Each room has a TV, bedside tables, chairs, a wardrobe, a coffee table and a bathroom with shower. Some rooms have a sofa (extra bed). The vestibule and the bathroom have warm floor. There are also two areas for outdoor recreation and a Russian sauna with access to the lake.


The second night you will spend in "Umostu" cottage complex, located near Kukshegory village, on the bank of Lake Peziyarvi. It offers five modern and cozy cottages, equipped with all necessary furniture and appliances for a comfortable stay of 4 people. The living room has a fully equipped kitchen for self-catering (a refrigerator, a microwave, a gas stove, a sink, all necessary utensils), as well as a TV. In one bedroom there is a double bed, in the second – two single beds.

 

Also there are a large grill gazebo with fireplace, a Russian sauna, a cafe, a boat berth and sports equipment rental on the base area.

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Who will be my guide +

An English- and French-speaking guides, as well as an experienced insrtuctor will accompany you and ensure your safety. Before you start the trip, our coaches will train each participant how to drive a snowmobile and give you a full safety briefing

Meals +

The price of the tour includes three meals per day. Breakfasts and dinners will be served at the base. 

 

During short breaks en route at days 1 and 3 you will have some snacks: sandwiches, sweets and hot tea. At the second day you will have lunch with national cuisine in the museum during the tour to old Kinerma village.

What type of snowmobiles is used +

You will drive a snowmobile Yamaha VK-540 III.

 

Also you will be provided with the following equipment: 

  • warm windproof overalls 
  • snowmobile helmets with visors 
  • balaclavas 
  • snowmobile shoes 
  • snowmobile mittens
What should I bring with me +
  • backpack or travel bag
  • comfortable warm sports clothing
  • a set of thermal underwear
  • fleece jacket or sweater
  • wool socks (2 pairs), textile-socks (2-3 pairs)
  • gloves
  • a woolen cap
  • warm, loose-fitting shoes
What will the weather be like +

The weather in Karelia is not stable in winter. The average temperature is -15°С. Thows and frosts are also possible. The temperature can lower up to -30°С.

 

Please, pay attention: the tour will be canceled in case temperature is higher than +3-5°С for more than a day. Conditions will be dangerous for riding snowmobiles. We will inform you in advance. 

Booking

Most popular

Great Russian lakes

Difficulty
Difficulty levels
Easy. Passive relaxation and sightseeing — cruises for example. No physical activities. Good for older people.
Normal. Active tours. You don’t have to be a sportsman, but you need to be strong enough to ride a snowmobile or go hiking in the mountains.
Advanced. Get ready for a challenge — long trekking with a heavy backpack on the shoulders, rafting along mountain rivers.
Hard. Professional training and perfect physical fitness are required. The level involves climbing to the tops of the mountains (above 3000 meters), freeriding and North Pole diving.
Age
from 12 y.o.
Group size
from 4 to 16 person
Duration
3 days

Accommodation during the trip

2 nights

Languages

EN
guide
FR
guide
63 551 RUB
What's included in the price:
  • double accommodation at tourist bases

  • meals as per program

  • transport services as per program

  • instructors' and English-spearking guides' services 

  • rent of snowmobiles and necessary equipment, fuel

  • visa support letter 

  • tour to Kinerma village

  • tour to the sled dogs' kennel

Extra charge:
  • train tickets to Petrozavodsk and from Lodeynoe Pole train station 

  • single-rider snowmobile fee (+200 EURO pp)

  • a dog sledding tour

  • visa 

  • travel insurance 

  • sauna

In the price:
Included Extra charge
  • double accommodation at tourist bases

  • meals as per program

  • transport services as per program

  • instructors' and English-spearking guides' services 

  • rent of snowmobiles and necessary equipment, fuel

  • visa support letter 

  • tour to Kinerma village

  • tour to the sled dogs' kennel

  • train tickets to Petrozavodsk and from Lodeynoe Pole train station 

  • single-rider snowmobile fee (+200 EURO pp)

  • a dog sledding tour

  • visa 

  • travel insurance 

  • sauna

27 Feb 2020, Thu — 29 Feb 2020, Sat
63 551 RUB
12 Mar 2020, Thu — 14 Mar 2020, Sat
63 551 RUB
26 Mar 2020, Thu — 28 Mar 2020, Sat
63 551 RUB
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