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.

Shoksha quartzites


Since the end of the 18th century in the southern Priozezhje has been a few fields of quartzites, the most intersting one of which is located near a Veps settlement Shoksha. Old quarry and outcrops of quarzites are nature monuments of the federal importance.

Shoksha quartzities are small-grained, solid, durable ornamental and facing stones, which are amenable to bright finish. Dark-crimson quartzites, called "Shoksha porphyrys: were especially valuable. From the blocks of these stones, which were presented to France by Russia in 1847, a funeral monument on the grave of Napoleon Bonaparte in Paris, the pedestal of the monument to Nikolai the First and columns of the hall of the Old Hermitage in Saint-Petersburg was made.