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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.

Tourist sights

The cultural and historical heritage of Karelia is remarkable thanks to it's outstanding richness and diversity. Over 400 sites, 160 historic settlements, 18 Sites of History and Culture are recorded in the state accounts. Six Karelian towns have the status of Russian historical towns.

The Republic’s brand is the ensemble of Kizhi Pogost recorded in the UNESCO’s World Heritage List. The ensemble consists of the 22-dome Church of the Transfiguration, 10-dome Church of the Intercession, a campanile, and a log fence around them.

Among the sites of stone architecture, the most distinguished is Valaam Monastery of the Transfiguration of Savior, which was announced as a unique monument of Russia by Decree of Russian’s President.

The Solovetsky Islands, located by Karelia’s northern border in the White Sea on the territory of the Arkhangelsk Region, are historically connected with Karelia.

Three islands – Valaam, Kizhi, and Solovki – with monuments of the world culture located on them, make up not only the key cultural destination of Karelia. They are outstanding symbols of Russian cultural heritage, large-scale cultural and spiritual phenomena of worldwide importance, and a gorgeous frame of the Karelian cultural environment filled with vivid and distinctive monuments of culture, historical sites, museums, vivacious art and folklore traditions.

Karelia possesses very abundant natural and landscape resources for the development of nature-related and ecological tourism. A special place in this respect belongs to the nature protected areas, which occupy about one million hectares, or 5,3% of the Republic’s total area. The protected areas include nature reserves, national and nature parks, game reserves and natural monuments.