Winter Activity Holiday in Karelia

Duration

4 days / 3 night

Tourist destination

Karelia Tours

An unforgettable adventure trip for adults and children

  • Active and fun-filled
  • Dog sledding experience
  • ice fishing experience
  • Russian sauna and smoke sauna
  • Culture and cuisine
Itinerary
Day 1. Ice fishing and Russian banya
  • Included meals: Lunch, Dinner
Arrive in Petrozavodsk and meet with our guide at the train station or airport.
Transfer to Kudama, a small village located in the wilderness 100 km from Petrozavodsk.
Lunch.
Ice fishing experience. During this guided ice fishing trip you will get to know traditional northern wintertime fishing. Experienced local guide will accompany you to his favorite fishing spots and teach you the basics of ice fishing. With a little luck, you will get your own fish for dinner.
Russian sauna experience. Russian banya in Kudama is a wood-burning sauna with a chimney. There is a lake next to the sauna where you can plunge into icy water if you want.
Dinner around the campfire in the “yaranga” tent-like lodge.
Overnight in an en-suite room or a cottage at Kudama tourist complex.

Optional activity: snowmobile safari 25 km.

Day 2. Dog sledding and cross-country skiing
  • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Breakfast.
Visit the dog kennel and see where and how the dogs live. Learn the necessary driving skills and then set off into the wilderness, following the guide's team. Participants travel in pairs, each taking turns to drive and ride on the sled, covering about 10 km of snow. After the tour, you will get the opportunity to take photos with the dogs.
Learn the basics of cross-country skiing.
Lunch.
Transfer to the historical Karelian village of Kinerma (100 km) for one night in the traditional house*.
Experience a true smoke sauna, or “black banya”. “Black banya” is an ancient Russian sauna without a chimney.
Dinner with traditional local dishes.
Overnight in Kinerma.

*The wooden house of the early 20th Century has four bedrooms for 2-4 people, a shared shower and two composting toilets. Living rooms are heated but hallways are not. The “Black banya” is located in 30 meters from the house.

Day 3. Cooking class in Karelian village
  • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Breakfast.
Walking tour of Kinerma village, visit the chapel of our Lady of Smolensk.
Master class of cooking traditional Karelian “kalitky” open-faced pastry made with rye dough and mashed potatoes or rice.
Lunch with freshly baked “kalitky”.
Transfer to Petrozavodsk (110 km) for one night in 4* hotel.
Free evening.
Overnight in Petrozavodsk.
Day 4. Optional tour to Kizhi
  • Included meals: Breakfast
Breakfast.
Conditions permitting set off on a hovercraft journey to Kizhi Island. If it is not possible, we can arrange a trip to Kivach Waterfalls and Nature Reserve or Petrozavodsk city tour with a selection of city churches and museums.
In the evening pick-up at the hotel and transfer to the train station.
Dates and prices

Please, request for a quote.

Included

1. Accommodation: one night in Kudama tourist complex, one night in Kinerma guesthouse and one night in 4* Petrozavodsk hotel.
2. Three breakfasts, three lunches, two dinners.
3. Transportation by a car or van as per the itinerary.
4. Activities as per the itinerary.
5. English-speaking guide’s services.

Questions & Answers
What kind of vehicles do you use?

We use modern, comfortable 9-seater vans, for example Volkswagen Caravella with plenty of luggage space.
For smaller groups we use suitably sized cars, such as Skoda Octavia.
For bigger groups we use Mercedes Sprinter buses or full-sized coaches.