Solovetsky Islands and Belomorsk

Everyone should make a trip to Solovki at least once in their life!

The tour starts in Belomorsk, where you will see petroglyphs, the White Sea-Baltic Canal and the Museum of the Karelian Front.

Next, you will travel across the White Sea to Solovki, where you will visit the Solovetsky Monastery, Mount Sekirnaya and take an excursion "The history of the Solovetsky special purpose camps of 1923-1939."

And on your free day you can take a boat trip or a boat trip along the lake-canal system of the Bolshoy Solovetsky Island.

Location

Republic of Karelia, Belomorsk
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Duration
5 Days
4 Nights
Departures
  • Group departures
    • 3 – 7 Jun
    • 10 – 14 Jun
    • 17 – 21 Jun
    • 24 – 28 Jun
    • 1 – 5 Jul
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Accommodation
  • Hotel
    3 nights
  • Camp Site
    1 night
Comfort
  • Basic+
  • Midscale
Difficulty
Easy
For any person
Group
Up to 50 people
Minimum age
7 years old
Group meet at
Republic of Karelia, Belomorsk
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Weekends: 8am - 7pm (GMT +3)
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Tour highlights

The decoration of the Solovetsky Monastery
Visit the territory of the Central complex of the monastery and the existing temples
Lighthouse Church
Go to Mount Sekirnaya and get acquainted with the history and monuments of the current Holy Ascension Monastery
The history of the camps
You will learn about the Solovetsky special purpose camp, visit the new exposition and the monument to Solovetsky prisoners
Boat trips to the islands
In your free time, you can go to Anzer Island, the Body Archipelago, Bolshaya Muksalma or Bolshoy Zayatsiy Island
Rock paintings of an ancient man
You will visit the archaeological complex, which includes more than 2000 images
The Botanical Garden
You will see the monuments and unique plantings of various periods of the history of Solovki

Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Getting to know Belomorsk

    Arrival in Belomorsk: 

    • by evening train No. 092A or night train No. 016A (Moscow — Belomorsk, an additional night in the city is required);
    • by morning train No. 012H (St. Petersburg — Belomorsk, until 18.07 the train arrives at 09:44, from 19.07 — at 11:51). 

    Meeting with the guide at the main building of the railway station from the platform.

    Breakfast in the restaurant of the Gandvik hotel.

    Excursion to the 19th gateway of the White Sea-Baltic Canal

    On the instructions of I. V. Stalin, the 227 km long canal was built in twenty months — from September 1931 to April 1933. 19 locks, 15 dams, 12 spillways, 49 dams — such a number of hydraulic structures were erected by prisoners without the help of machines and attracted currency.

    Independent lunch at the Pomeranian cuisine restaurant at the Gandvik Hotel.

    Departure for a sightseeing tour of Belomorsk

    The small town stretches majestically along the coast of the White Sea for several kilometers. 

    Visit the Museum of the Karelian Front, located in one of the most significant monuments of the military history of Karelia and the military glory of the North of Russia — in the building of the former Headquarters of the Karelian Front. 

    In the museum you can visit a variety of places of the Karelian front — the exposition is built according to the geographical principle, and in the courtyard of the Museum there is a famous military equipment with guns of different calibers. 

    An excursion to the Belomorsky Petroglyphs is a monument that amazes the imagination of every person. 

    Rock carvings of an ancient man, whose age, according to various estimates, reaches 7.5 thousand years! The richest archaeological complex, which is world famous, includes more than 2,000 rock carvings.

    The size of the paintings is striking in its scope: from 5 cm to 2.5 m. The images carved on horizontal granite rocks with a quartz chipper are not only a genuine masterpiece of world art, but also the history of our ancestors! 

    Departure to Kem (villageRabochyostrovsk).

    Accommodation in the Berth tour complex.

    Free time.

    The group is released around 21:00.

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  • Day 2 - Getting to know the Solovki
  • Day 3 - The historical heritage of the Solovetsky Islands. Boat trip
  • Day 4 - Free day. Additional excursions
  • Day 5 - Along the most popular Solovetsky routes
Difficulty
For any person

Accommodation

Accommodation
  • Hotel
    3 nights
  • Camp Site
    1 night
Comfort
  • Basic+
  • Midscale

The tour provides accommodation in a tour complex and a hotel.

The cost of the tour for 1 person, depending on the accommodation, RUB.:

Placement"Berth" +
"Solovetskaya Sloboda"
"Berth" +
Solovki Hotel
Double room (adult)49 10052 100
Double room (child under 12 years old)50 600
Single room68 10071 750
Extra seat (adult)49 495
Additional place (child under 12 years old)46 890

Discount for accommodation in an attic room — 450 rubles.

Extra day before the tour (on request) for double occupancy in the "Gandvik" — 4,000 rubles/room.

Extra night at the Berth tourist complex (breakfast is not included):

  • single room — 3,200 rubles/day; 
  • double room — 4,000 rubles/day; 
  • additional place — 1,800 rubles/day.
Solovetskaya Sloboda Hotel or The Solovki Hotel 3 nights
Solovetskaya Sloboda Hotel

Solovetskaya Sloboda Hotel It is located on Solovki Island in the very center of the village, a three-minute walk from the world-famous Solovetsky Monastery, a monument of history and architecture in the Russian North.

2-bed "Standard" (number of rooms — 30). One-room 2-bed room equipped with standard hotel furniture: two separate 90x200 beds or one double bed, bedside tables, desk, chairs, satellite TV, telephone, WiFi.

4-bed (number of rooms — 10). One-room 4-bed room equipped with standard hotel furniture: four separate beds 90x200, bedside tables, desk, chairs, satellite TV, telephone, WiFi.

Suite (number of rooms — 4). A two-room room equipped with modern furniture. It consists of a bedroom (double bed, mirrored wardrobe, dressing table) and a living room (sofa, desk, refrigerator, satellite TV, telephone), WiFi. A full bathroom with a bathtub. A hairdryer, bathrobes, toiletries and slippers are provided. It is possible to accommodate a third person on the sofa.

Apartment (number of rooms — 1). A three-room room equipped with modern furniture. It consists of a bedroom (double bed), a living room and a kitchen. The kitchen is equipped with the necessary set of dishes and equipment. The room has all the amenities: a full bathroom, Jacuzzi, hairdryer, bathrobes, slippers, toilet accessories, satellite TV, telephone, WiFi.

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Another option
The Solovki Hotel

This hotel is located 200 meters from the picturesque shore of Solovetsky Island. It offers a 24-hour front desk, a tour desk, and bicycle rental for those who want to explore the surroundings.

The rooms of the Solovki Hotel are decorated in the style of log cabins with mosquito nets on the windows. The private bathroom comes with a hairdryer and free toiletries.

The rustic-style restaurant at Solovki Hotel serves local Russian cuisine daily. International cocktails are available at the bar.

Guests can relax in the hotel's steam bath or spend time playing karaoke.

Solovetsky Airport is 12 km from the hotel. An airport shuttle service is available. Kemsky Railway Station, located on the mainland, is 51 km away.

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The Berth Tourist Complex 1 night

Tour conditions

Group
up to 50 tourists
Minimum age
7 years old
Duration
5 days 4 nights
Group meets at
Republic of Karelia, Belomorsk

Included in price

  • accommodation according to the program;
  • Meals: 5 breakfasts, 1 lunch;
  • transportation services according to the program;
  • the work of a guide;
  • entrance tickets;
  • excursions and visits:
    • excursion to the 19th gateway of the White Sea-Baltic Canal;
    • sightseeing tour of the city of Belomorsk;
    • visit to the Karelian Front Museum;
    • excursion to the White Sea Petroglyphs;
    • sightseeing tour of the Solovetsky Monastery;
    • excursion "The history of the Solovetsky special purpose camps";
    • excursion "Sekirnaya Mountain. Holy Ascension Monastery";
    • excursion "Botanical garden — Makaryevskaya desert".

Paid extra

  • railway tickets to Belomorsk station and from Kem station;
  • meals not specified in the tour program;
  • boat trip to Bolshoy Zayatsky Island — 1,500 rubles/person.;
  • excursion to the island "Bolshaya Muksalma" — 1,900 rubles/person.;
  • boat trip on the island Anzer — 2,800 rubles/person.;
  • boat trip to the archipelago of the Body — 3,400 rubles/person.;
  • extra night in the Berth tour complex (breakfast is not included):
    • single room — 3,200 rubles/day; 
    • double room — 4,000 rubles/day; 
    • additional place — 1,800 rubles/day.

It's important to know

Personal equipment you need for the tour
  1. Passport of the Russian Federation (for citizens of the Russian Federation); compulsory medical insurance policy.
  2. Personal medicines. We cannot guarantee the availability of medicines necessary for you along the route of the group in pharmacies.
  3. The SIM card is only MTS or MegaFon.
  4. Raincoat to the floor (not an umbrella, namely a raincoat, an umbrella, as such, we do not take with us).
  5. Pills for motion sickness (Dramina is too strong, causes a pronounced hypnotic effect after the main action; better - Aviamore or Aviamorin — not so strong).
  6. Repellents.
  7. Sunburn remedy (in sunny weather on the water, you can instantly get burned and come home as a polar explorer).
  8. Cash (card payment may be difficult on the islands).

Clothing and shoes:

  • a warm jacket, a must, a windproof windbreaker;
  • The sweater is warm;
  • hat + gloves; 
  • warm boots;
  •  sneakers; 
  • thermal underwear (it is better not to need it and will lie idle in a suitcase than it will be missed); 
  • warm socks;
  • swimsuit;
  • 2 sets of light clothes (a pair of T-shirts, shorts, light pants).

For women, a skirt and a headscarf (headdress) for visiting active monasteries and temples.

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