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.



River Vyg is located in Middle Karelia. It flows out of Verkhotinnoe lake, which is situated on a waterlogged part of Belomoro-Baltic watershed. The river is divided itno three parts: Upper Vyg (135 kms), Vygozero (80 kms) and Lower Vyg (102 kms). After its transformation into a storage basin in 1933, Vygozero lake enlarged twice. Nowadays it covers an area of 1285 square kms – this is the third largest lake in Karelia. There are about 530 islands on the lake, which is a little less than on Ladoga.

Vyg is a famous river, which has already gone down in history of our country. There are numerous galleries of petroglyphs – cultural monuments of ancient people Besovy Sledki and Zalavruga – in the mouth of Lower Vyg. One of the ways of colonization came through here. Upper Vyg became a cradle of Vygoretsia – old believers’ community, which had been a bulwark of …. for more than 150 years. Later through Vygozero and Upper Vyg came a unique Peter’s “Tsar’s path”, along which Peter the Great dragged his frigates from the White Sea to Onego Lake in 1702. Today Vygozero and Lower Vyg are parts of Belomoro-Baltic Canal.

No doubt, the river has a good tourist future but It depends on the development of tourism infrastructure and correct promotion. Belomoro-Baltic Canal is to become a part of international routes   cruise through northern seas: North Sea, Barents Sea, White Sea and Baltic Sea.