Incoming tourists can get the information about tourist sights, itineraries and accomodation in Sortavala and nearby regions in Visit-center of Sortavala city.

Karelian villages Kinerma, Sholtozero and Rubchoila invite you to experience real  country life with its splendid air and imperceptible charm without city ruffle, noise and high technology.


29 january 2013

The largest international Sled Dog Race competiotions will be held in Karelia, Kalevala region.
It is one of the remarkable event on the Norht-West of Russia, wich has been held since 2010. Within several days well-known Russian and European mushers will have to overcome 440 km in severe taiga.

Trails will pass in the historical places, connected with creation of the epic «Kalevala», with a cultural and historical heritage of northern Karelia: township Kalevala, village Voinica, villageHaikola, farm Hiame, etc.

- Skijoring (competitor + 1 or 2 dogs)
- Dogsleds (6-8 dogs)

Itinerary of the race:
Total distance 440 km.
- Route number 1 - 100 km.
- Route number 2 - 142 km. Drivers pass this route for 2 days. Spending the night in the village Haikola;
- Route number 3 - 198 km. Drivers pass this route for 3 days. Spending the night in the village Voinica and farm Hiame.

Goals and Objectives of the race «KALEVALA 2013»:
- Propaganda of sport, promotion of the interest in physical education and healthy lifestyle;
- Promotion of winter sport;
- Identification of the strongest athletes;
- Creation and maintenance of the prepared tracks for winter kinds of mass sport, forming on their basis the training centers;
- Attraction of the international attention and strengthening of a role of the Russian sport on the threshold of the Olympic games of 2014;
- Growth of frontier cooperation in the field of sports and international contacts in Sleddog sport.
- Formation of positive image of Kalevala national region and Karelia in general;
- The development and improvementof tourism infrastructure in the Kalevala national region;
- Attracting public attention, including international, in the process of revival and preservation of the unique national culture of North Karelia and the natural potential of the Russian North.