Sortavala: Northern Crown

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Sortavala: Northern Crown

Karelia region is one of the most picturesque parts of Russia. This place is unique by famous Balaam, Ruskeala careers, Kizhi, Petrozavodsk with its international embankment, and, of course, Sortavala city.

Sortavala – friendly village in northern modern style. Due to change of the state borders with time, the city became a prize between three countries: Sweden, Finland and Russia. This international atmosphere was absorbed by the city, by peoples culture and traditions.


The first mention of Sortavala dated XV century. According to one legend, the monks of Valaam expelled evil force to this place. That’s why the name of the city means “power of hell”. Sortavala – is a port from which every 30 minutes a ship to Valaam goes.


Sortavala has the status of historic settlement, which is a rarity. For example, the same Moscow does not this status. There are wonderful opportunities for eco-tourism: walks through dense forests, skiing, trekking or trail to Ruskeala tourist route “The Blue Highway”.


Would you like to see Sortavala? Would you like feel Northern Russia? Write to us and we will arrange a personal tour for you!

Additional information

  • The nearest big city with airport is Saint-Petersburg;
  • Sortavala is in 5 hours from Saint-Petersburg.
  • The price depends on the season, duration and number of tourist.
  • Best time to visit: without difference. Sortavala is beautiful at any time of the year
  • The best way is to include this tour to Saint-Petersburg tour – spend one or two days in Saint-Petersburg, watch main sights and then move to Sortavala.