Northern Frontier Discovery: Karelia & Kizhi Island

Detour from Moscow or St Petersburg

Karelia is a place of rare beauty where nature and wooden architecture coexist in full harmony and revive a unique atmosphere of the past.

This short detour from either Moscow or St Petersburg gives you the chance to explore some of the most remarkable historical and natural landmarks of Karelia, a republic with its own unique culture bordering Finland and the White Sea. Your tour begins in Petrozavodsk, the largest city in Karelia and the gateway to Kizhi Island, the most visually spectacular cultural site in Karelia. We’ll reach Kizhi by fast boat, giving us plenty of time to explore the World Heritage Listed Kizhi Pogost, a collection of 17th and 18th-century churches, elaborately and fantastically crafted purely out of wood.

You’ll also explore Kivach Nature Reserve, whose 11,000 hectares of primitive forest protect some of the most important plant and animal species in Karelia. On the last day of the tour, you’ll visit the old Karelian village of Kinerma and its 16th-century chapel, before dinner with local hosts who will introduce you to traditional, Scandinavian influenced Karelian food.

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3* hotel


Action rating

Group size

3 days / 2 nights


Min 2

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Day 1:Petrozavodsk and Kizhi island

Arrival to the Petrozavodsk train station (by an overnight train from Moscow or St Petersburg). After breakfast at the cafe, you will embark on a glance tour of the city. At noon, you will depart to Kizhi by hydrofoil and enjoy a guided tour of the island. Visit old Karelian villages and the iconic Kizhi Pogost UNESCO site.

Day 2:Kondopoga and Kivach Nature Reserve

Today you will visit the village of Kondopoga, where you see the ancient Church of Assumption, built in the 18th century. Next we heading to the Kivach Nature Reserve, where you will get acquainted with the second highest plain waterfall in Europe and will enjoy the beautiful Karelian nature.

Day 3:Ruskeala Park and Kinerma Village

In the morning, you will head to the Ruskeala Park to visit a Marble Canyon, where you can take a boat ride on the clear cold waters. On the way back to Petrozavodsk we will stop at Kinerma - traditional Karelian village, where local hosts will meet us, share the history of the village and invite us for a lunch of traditional Karelian food. In the evening you will be transferred to the Petrozavodsk train station, for travelling back to Moscow or St Petersburg.



3* hotel in Petrozavodsk


All meals (B,L,D)


Train-station/airport transfers

All transportation on tour according to the itinerary (car, fast boat)


Local professional English-speaking guide

Experienced driver

Activities and sights

All sites according to the itinerary


Russian visa support document

*Russian visa can be arranged by 56th Parallel for an additional cost (for Australian citizens only). Apply for comprehensive visa service here.

Not included

Train tickets, travel insurance, visa, optional excursions, tips

Dates & Prices

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Private Tour
Available US $980 US $110 Reserve

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