Winter holidays in Karelia: fabulous beauty and affordable prices
If the vacation fell on one of the winter months, consider that you are very lucky, because the opportunity to enjoy a real winter with plenty of snow, sledding and magnificent winter landscapes does not fall every year. Karelia invites you to rest – a harsh and fantastically beautiful northern region, where the air is filled with coniferous aromas, and crystal lakes are full of fish even in winter. Immerse yourself in the captivating atmosphere of a winter fairy tale, which is only 4-5 hours away from you from St. Petersburg.
Why winter Karelia is good
Despite the transport accessibility of the region, not all residents of the Northern capital, not to mention other regions of Russia, took the time to visit here. Meanwhile, the advantages of Karelia, as a great place for a winter holiday, are obvious.
Snowy winters. Due to its proximity to the sea, snow falls here in October, the latest – in early November, and does not melt until spring.
Natural beauty. Karelia has a lot of tourist attractive natural sites. Even if you visited them in the summer, frost and snow cover will create for you a completely different, even more fantastic picture.
An abundance of entertainment. The tourism industry is well developed and offers dozens of all kinds of winter fun, from sledding to dog and reindeer sledding.
Exciting excursions. All natural and cultural attractions are available for viewing in winter. Some of them are especially interesting in winter due to snow and ice cover.
Calm atmosphere. Karelia is a sparsely populated region, and even increased tourist flows do not create fuss and excitement here.
Lack of mosquitoes. Those who visited Karelia in the summer will appreciate this.
Reasonable prices. Today, rest in Karelia in winter is practically no different from visiting winter resorts in Finland. The only difference is the availability of prices and the absence of a language barrier.
Due to the proximity of the sea, the weather in Karelia is variable and unpredictable. In the morning the sun may shine brightly, and by noon a blizzard will break out, which, however, will subside in a couple of hours. Winters are quite mild, daytime temperatures range from 7-12 degrees of frost, thaws are not uncommon in the first half of winter. Cooling is usually short-lived. But here, in fair weather, you can admire the northern lights in all its glory.
Going to Karelia, it is worth considering that due to air humidity, the subjective feeling of cold is amplified. You should stock up on woolen sweaters, warm underwear and protective skin cream to feel comfortable while walking.
Where to stay
Today, the territory of Karelia is covered by a network of comfortable recreation facilities, and almost all of them accept tourists throughout the year. There is no problem renting a house in Karelia with all the attributes of familiar comfort, from a hot shower and sewage to high-speed Wi-Fi. Cozy log cottages perfectly match the atmosphere of a winter fairy tale and perfectly protect against frost. To be in the middle of an untouched forest, hundreds of kilometers from civilization, but at the same time to enjoy all its benefits – what could be better?
Things to do
Winter activities in Karelia are surprisingly varied. Even without leaving the territory of the recreation center, you can:
ride sleds and inflatable cheesecakes with the children from a snowy mountain, run skiing, skate on the ice of the lake, sculpt a snow woman;
master the management of a snowmobile under the guidance of an experienced instructor and independently do a few laps around the base;
ride a dog team composed of trained huskies;
go to the Finnish sauna or Russian bath and steam well until complete relaxation, and then take your soul with fragrant tea on medicinal herbs;
engage in ice fishing in an adjacent body of water.
In addition, you can go on a long extreme tour on a snowmobile or pneumatic all-terrain vehicle lasting several days. Skiing is also popular – an excellent option for experienced skiers.
If you prefer more relaxing activities, there are plenty of bus and car excursions at your disposal. In winter, you can admire the frozen waterfalls, go down to the collapse of the Ruskeal quarry and see its mysterious underground hall, visit the children of Karelian grandfather Frost named Talvi Ukko in his snowy residence, visit the Greenpark, a wonderful zoo where many species of deer, elk, roe deer live and other ungulates. Every day spent in Karelia will be special, but one thing is for sure – you will not regret coming.