Karelia – the capital of rivers and lakes
If you ask a foreigner to talk about Russia, then, covering his eyes, he will describe the nature of Karelia, although he has never been there. Indeed, Karelia represents endless Russia, with its lakes and forests. A cool climate only adds color to it. Indeed, thanks to him, in Karelia you can meet dwarf spruce and birch.
Tourism in Karelia has always been popular. People come here to hunt and fish. For tourists, there is a variety of offers: from river rafting to ATV rental. Also, the tourist market is replete with various accommodation options. Comfortable hotels, holiday homes, yurts – all this is at the service of tourists.
The favorite pastime of all guests is, of course, dog sledding safaris. If before it was almost the only way to travel in these parts, now sled dogs are just exotic fun, so loved by tourists and locals. In winter, skiing and snowshoeing are also popular in Karelia. The location in the middle zone of Russia provides a good snow structure, which makes skiing a pleasure. Ski tourism is very well developed in Karelia. Such beautiful and comfortable resorts as Gorka, Ulitsa Teddy Bear and Spasskaya Bay are always welcome both for professional skiers and amateurs. Small snow resorts will surprise you with modern facilities, hospitality and comfort. More and more fans of extreme winter sports are choosing Karelia for winter holidays.
The republic also boasts the cleanest lakes and dense forests. By some miracle, this land managed to preserve its pristine beauty, which became its hallmark. For lovers of water extreme sports, unique routes are being developed along the famous Ladoga and Onega lakes. Routes are adjusted, changed and improved every time. And if you have already been on a water excursion in these picturesque places, then it will not be superfluous to repeat it.
In the vast reserves throughout the territory, you can set up a camp, catch fish and cook a real fish soup.
The alternation of large and small rapids on the river is a hallmark of the region. It is because of them that kayakers come here every year. Descent along such a naughty and fast river will be remembered forever. Now it is much safer than decades ago, when tourists rafted savages. Numerous Karelian tour operators will not only instruct you, but also provide you with confidence in a successful descent. The most popular route can be unconditionally called the Suna River. Due to its leisurely course, it is suitable for children and beginners in kayaking. But Chirko-Kem and Okhta will suit more advanced and hardy rafters.
Tourist Mecca of Karelia is the Church of the Transfiguration. The construction of the beginning of the XVII century is still eye-catching and amazing. This outstanding unique historical and architectural ensemble could compete with the seven wonders of the world. Legend has it that the famous Church of the Transfiguration of the Lord was built with one ax. Later, the master threw the ax into the lake so that no one could repeat his work. The church is truly unique. With 22 domes and one central, it is the only building of its kind.
Due to its climate, the region can offer an endless variety of leisure activities and enjoyable pastimes for children and adults. Comfort, quality service and safety are what awaits you in Karelia if you decide to get to know her better.