Solovetsky Islands and the White Sea Channel

To break away from the hustle and bustle, see the white nights and visit many interesting places — all this is possible on our tour of the Solovetsky Islands with a visit to the city of Belomorsk.

Location

Belomorsk
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Duration
4 Days
3 Nights
Departures
  • Group departures
    • 17 – 20 Jun
    • 24 – 27 Jun
    • 1 – 4 Jul
    • 8 – 11 Jul
    • 15 – 18 Jul
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Accommodation
  • Camp Site
    1 night
  • Hotel
    2 nights
Comfort
  • Midscale
Difficulty
Easy
For any person
Group
Up to 50 people
Minimum age
7 years old
Group meet at
Belomorsk
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Weekends: 8am - 7pm (GMT +3)
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Tour highlights

The legendary White Sea Canal
We will visit the 19th gateway of the White Sea-Baltic Canal, built on the instructions of I. V. Stalin in the 30s
White Sea Petroglyphs
Let's touch the history and marvel at the size of the rock paintings
Solovetsky Monastery
We will visit the territory of the Central Complex of the monastery, active temples, monuments included in the UNESCO World Heritage List
The history of the camps
We will learn about the Solovetsky special purpose camp, the stages of the camp's development and its reformation in 1937 into the Solovetsky Special purpose prison
Sekirnaya Mountain
We will visit one of the highest points of the Bolshoy Solovetsky Island – Mount Sekirnaya and admire the views
The Botanical Garden
Let's take a look at one of the northernmost botanical gardens in Russia, which is located on the territory of the former Makaryevskaya desert

Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Getting to know the Northern Karelian city of 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.

    We can only guess how many lives were claimed by the construction of the White Sea-Baltic Canal…

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

    Departure for a sightseeing tour of the city of Belomorsk.

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

    Here the Vyg River with its numerous tributaries, forming a delta, flows into the waters of the White Sea.

    It is from the shore of Vyga that the future founders of the Solovetsky Monastery, Elder Savvati and Monk Herman, will go to the White Sea.

    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, or rather according to the directions of movement of the front: from south to north, and is presented in the form of 10 halls: from the office of the commander-in-chief of the front to the room telling about the history of the celebration of the first Victory Parade on June 24, 1945, and in the courtyard of the Museum the famous military equipment with guns of different calibers is located.

    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.

    We will go on an exciting journey to visit a primitive hunter, with whom we will not communicate in our usual language, but with rock carvings, images inherent in them at that time.

    Departure to Kem (village of Rabochiostrovsk).

    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 Great Ones Solovki
  • Day 3 - The historical heritage of the Solovetsky Islands
  • Day 4 - "Along the most popular Solovetsky routes"
Difficulty
For any person

Accommodation

Accommodation
  • Camp Site
    1 night
  • Hotel
    2 nights
Comfort
  • Midscale

The tour provides accommodation in a hotel and at a recreation center.

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

Placement"Berth" + "Solovetskaya Sloboda"Berth + Solovki Hotel
Double room42 40043 700
Single room54 40057 000

Discount when placing an additional one. location:

  • for a child under 12 years old — 10%;
  • for an adult — 5%.

Discount for children under 12 years of age — 1,500 rubles/person.

The Berth Tourist Complex 1 night

"The pier" — this is the largest hotel complex in the Kemsky district of the Republic of Karelia, with 8 cottages. To the village of Rabochiostrovsk, which is located on the west coast.

Kemskaya bay of the White Sea, very easy to reach (12 km from Kem railway station). And they really know how to take care of a traveler here. Despite the fact that the winds of the White Sea can sometimes be strong and cold, every visitor will receive a truly cordial and warm welcome. Welcome to visit us at any time of the year.

The northern nature is rare in beauty here. 

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Solovetskaya Sloboda Hotel or The Solovki Hotel 2 nights

Tour conditions

Group
up to 50 tourists
Minimum age
7 years old
Duration
4 days 3 nights
Group meets at
Belomorsk

Included in price

  • habitation;
  • Meals: 4 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 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 Hermitage";
    • excursion "Botanical garden — Makaryevskaya desert".

Paid extra

  • railway tickets to Belomorsk and back from Kemi;
  • meals not specified in the tour program;
  • extra nights at 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;
  • boat trip to Bolshoy Zayatsky Island — 1,500 rubles/person.;
  • boat trip to the island "Bolshaya Muksalma" — 1,900 rubles/person.

It's important to know

Personal equipment you need for the tour
  1. Passport of the Russian Federation (for citizens of the Russian Federation), MHI 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, necessarily, windproof;
  • 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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