Traditional Karelian Villages

Traditional Karelian Villages

The historical Karelian villages of Kinerma, Rubchoila and Manga. Description of the sights and excursions.

Kinerma village

Kinerma is probably the most known traditional village in the north of Russia. First mentioned in the historical chronicles in 1496, Kinerma is a nice example wooden architecture. The most striking architectural monument is the chapel of Our Lady of Smolensk, built in the second half of the 18th century. The icon of Our Lady of Smolensk from this chapel is exhibited at the Museum of Fine Arts in Petrozavodsk.

The Ershovs’ house was also built in the second half of the 18th century. Other houses belong to the 19-20 centuries.

In 2016, Kinerma was added to the Association of the Most Beautiful Villages in Russia.

Each year, various historical and cultural festivals and holidays are held in the village.

As of 2020, 5 people constantly live there.

The following tourist services are organized in the village for guests.

1.       Sightseeing tour with a walk around the village, visiting the chapel of Our Lady of Smolensk and the exhibition "Life in Kinerma" in one of the historical houses.

2.       A master class in baking traditional pies – “kalitkas” (open rye flour cake with millet, potato or rice) or “sulchin” (wrapped pie, usually with semolina).

3.       Master class "One piece of dough - three pies." During this master class, we make “kalitkas” with millet or potato, “sulchins” with semolina, as well as so called “son-in-law pies” - sweet, crunchy with sugar, and soft, with rice. We bake them in the oven and serve the pies with tea or coffee. This master class takes about 2.5 hours, so we recommend it for the guests who are going to stay overnight in the village.

4.       A master class on making of a traditional Karelian doll "Rvanka".

5.       Breakfasts, lunches, dinners are served with dishes of traditional Karelian cuisine.

6.       Tea with pies.

7.       Accommodation in a guest house built in the early 20th century.

8.       Bath "in the black" for guests.

9.       Walking in the surroundings.

Opening hours:

Upon request, flexible.


Rubchoyla

Rubchoyla village is located to the west of Petrozavodsk. The distance from Petrozavodsk by road is about 77 km.

The village was founded in the 18th century. Currently, 8 buildings are preserved in Rubchoyla, which are the monuments of wooden architecture, including the chapel of St. John the Baptist of the second half of the 19th century.

For tourists, an excursion is conducted in the village, a master class on cooking “kalitkas”, lunch and dinner, as well as a concert of the local folklore ensemble.

Opening hours:
Upon request, flexible.

Manga

The ancient village of Manga is located on the right bank of the river of the same name, in Pryazhinsky district of Karelia.

The distance from Petrozavodsk by road is about 66 km.

The settlement was first mentioned in chronicles in 1563 as “the four-yard village of Manginsky.”

In the second half of the 18th century, a chapel of the Nativity of the Virgin was built on the top of the hill in Manga. The chapel, wooden buildings at the lower part of the hill and the Manga River form a picturesque natural and architectural ensemble.

Opening hours:

The chapel is not active and it is usually closed. The village itself can be visited at any time.

Grand Karelia Tour: St. Petersburg - Solovetsky

Grand Karelia Tour: St. Petersburg - Solovetsky

8 days / 7 nights

Discover the most interesting sights of North-European Russia

  • Travel to Valaam, Kizhi and Solovetsky Islands
  • Visit monasteries and museums
  • Observe natural sites and Gulag objects
  • Taste local food and take a vintage steam train
  • Small group tour for up to 12 people
Tour to Kinerma Village

Tour to Kinerma Village

Approx. 6 hours

Authentic and unique insight into the local culture

  • Visit the historical village Kinerma, dated back to the 16th Century
  • Meet Karely family and learn about life of local people
  • Lunch or dinner with traditional dishes
  • Optional master class on cooking Karelian ‘kalitky’ pies

Regarding the sites, the highlights for us were the visit to Kinerma (we have been involved in raising money to restore a traditional barn in our own small village (only 12 houses) so we could empathise with their efforts and problems), and of course the Solovetsky Islands.

Katherine, the UK

My visit in Kinerma touched me very much. It is a delightful village and it was fantastic to meet people and to hear about the history of the place and what is going on. The food was fantastic, and I would like to go back there.

Anders, Denmark

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