The road to Ladoga. Rafting, climbing and excursions

Experience the real drive and adrenaline while traveling in Karelia!

Different types of outdoor activities, kayaking and motor boating, will combine the amazing natural monuments of this area into one route.

You will have excursions to the historical Bastion Park and the Ruskeala Mountain Park, you will kayak along the most dynamic river of Ladoga, and light inflatable boats will allow you to pass through the most protected straits and coves of the amazing world of Ladoga skerries. 

With a group request of 6 people or more, it is possible to organize a tour in individual terms.

Location

the city of Sortavala
from
US$ 397
+ tickets to the starting point of the tour
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Duration
7 Days
6 Nights
Departures
  • Group departures
    • 23 – 29 Jun
    • 30 Jun – 6 Jul
    • 7 – 13 Jul
    • 14 – 20 Jul
    • 21 – 27 Jul
or
Accommodation
  • Tent
    6 nights
Comfort
  • Basic
Difficulty
Moderate
Low physical intensity for amateurs and non-experienced travelers
Group
Up to 18 people
Minimum age
5 years old
Group meet at
the city of Sortavala
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Weekdays: 8am - 8pm
Weekends: 8am - 7pm (GMT +3)
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Tour highlights

Ruskeala
We will visit a unique mountain park with a marble canyon
Living in nature
We will spend the night in a tent camp and eat food cooked over a campfire
Active leisure
Let's go on a kayak and motorboat trip through picturesque Karelia

Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Bastion Historical Park. Ruskeala Mountain Park

    Gathering of the group at 08:19 at the station in Sortavala from the platform.

    We recommend train No. 160B for arrival.

    We are going to have breakfast in a cozy cafe.

    We get to know the guide and other tour participants.

    Let's get on the buses and go on an adventure!

    The first stop is the Bastion Historical Park.

    Bastion Park is a modern playground with themed excursions with full immersion in various historical epochs.

    We don't just walk through the locations, but also try on the role of a local resident, ask questions to other actors in order to get to know all aspects of different historical eras to the maximum.

    At the end of the trip, we will definitely take pictures in historical costumes and participate in master classes.

    We pause for lunch at the cafe and continue our journey. The next stop is the famous Ruskeala Mountain Park outside Karelia.

    Ruskeala marble quarry is a monument of cultural heritage of Russia. Development began here in 1765.

    The walls of the famous St. Isaac's Cathedral, Ladozhskaya and Primorskaya metro stations in St. Petersburg are decorated with Ruskeal marble.

    The quarry is a huge system of underground tunnels and tunnels connected by vertical shafts.

    Most of them were flooded after the Great Patriotic War, and the quarry turned into an amazingly beautiful lake with a turquoise shade of water, the transparency of which reaches 15-18 meters.

    We return to the bus and go to the village of Harla.

    We settle into tents, participate in cooking dinner and, under the crackle of logs in the campfire, tune in for the upcoming vacation in Karelia, get to know the instructors and group members better.

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  • Day 2 - Kayaking: Lake. Janisjärvi — Shivery — Hyamekoski Canyon (inspection) — P. Harlu
  • Day 3 - Kayaking: P. Harlu — P. Lyaskelya
  • Day 4 - Trekking on Hiidenvuori mountain. Setting up a camp on the island
  • Day 5 - Ladoga skerries. "Reef Mountains". "The Giant's Fingers." Aino Rock
  • Day 6 - Motor boat trip along the Ladoga skerries. Pellotsari Island
  • Day 7 - Dinner on the shore of Lake Ladoga and Return to Sortavala
Difficulty
Low physical intensity for amateurs and non-experienced travelers

Accommodation

Accommodation
  • Tent
    6 nights
Comfort
  • Basic

The tour provides overnight stays in 3-seater tourist tents, check—in tents for 3 people.

Each participant is provided with an individual thermal insulation mat. 

It is possible to stay in a double tent for an additional fee (payment when booking a tour) — 1,500 rubles/tour.

Discount for children under 12 years of age — 15%.

Tent camp 6 nights

Tour conditions

Group
up to 18 tourists
Minimum age
5 years old
Duration
7 days 6 nights
Group meets at
the city of Sortavala

Included in price

  • transportation services;
  • meals specified in the program;
  • the work of instructors;
  • rental of rafting equipment: kayaks, paddles, helmets, life jackets, sealed packages, boats, outboard motor;
  • rental of camp equipment: campfire equipment, tents, thermal insulation mats.

Paid extra

  • railway tickets to Sortavala and back;
  • sleeping bag (comfort temperature +6°, extreme 0°; paid when booking a tour) — 700 rubles/tour, ;
  • neoprene suit (to be paid when booking a tour) — 3,300 rubles/tour;
  • accommodation in a double tent (paid at the time of booking the tour) — 1,500 rubles/tour;
  • insurance of medical and other unforeseen expenses — from 100 rubles/person/day.

It's important to know

Personal equipment you need for the tour

1. A backpack without a machine or a travel bag.

2. Sleeping bag (if you do not have a personal one, you can rent it from the company, payment is made when booking a trip).

3. Clothes during an active day:

  • tight pants – 2 pairs (not jeans);
  • thin fleece jacket or T-shirt (depending on the weather forecast);
  • light windbreaker (clothes should "breathe");
  • raincoat or membrane jacket (in case of bad weather);
  • 2-3 pairs of regular socks;
  • headdress (cap or bandana). Remember that during the running day you will still have a helmet on your head.

4. A set of clothes for changing clothes after rafting:

  • a set of dry comfortable outerwear;
  • dry comfortable shoes and socks;
  • beanie/bandana/buff;
  • a set of spare underwear.

5. Clothes for sleeping in a tent:

  • warm loose clothing (if available, thermal underwear);
  • warm socks (woolen ones are possible) and a thin hat (nights can be cool);
  • for the evening, a fleece jacket / sweatshirt / jacket.

6. Comfortable shoes without heels, 4 pairs:

  • one for rafting on the river;
  • the second one is for the active part (shoes must completely cover the foot, sandals are prohibited);
  • the third one is for the camp (you can take rubber boots if it rains according to the forecast),
  • The fourth is "urban".

7. Personal items:

  • repellents (mosquitoes, midges);
  • flashlight with a set of spare batteries;
  • sunglasses and sunscreen and after sunburn, if it is sunny according to the forecast;
  • personal hygiene products (including toilet paper);
  • individual first aid kit;
  • small polyurethane seat mat;
  • portable charger;
  • personal tableware (mug, deep bowl, spoon).

8. Documents – passport, medical insurance policy (photocopy is possible) in an airtight package.

9. Money.
We recommend that you always have a small amount of cash with you so that, if desired, you can quickly buy the necessary things at stops along the route.

10. You can take a camera, there will be sealed packages in which it can be hidden at the moment of passing the threshold.

Remember that you should always have 1 set of dry clothes. Be sure to check the weather forecast before your trip. Synthetic, quick-drying clothes are more practical. The raincoat should be tight and reliable. The clothes you will be wearing during the day should cover your elbows and knees, as well as be dense enough so that mosquitoes/midges cannot bite through them.

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Dates and Prices

  • Individual dates available on request
    15 Jun – 31 Aug
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  • US$ 397
    23 – 29 Jun 7 days 6 nights
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  • US$ 397
    30 Jun – 6 Jul 7 days 6 nights
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  • US$ 397
    7 – 13 Jul 7 days 6 nights
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  • US$ 397
    14 – 20 Jul 7 days 6 nights
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  • US$ 397
    21 – 27 Jul 7 days 6 nights
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