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The theater begins with a hanger, and a trip to Karelia starts with a ride on a retro train. Treat yourself to a complete immersion in the atmosphere of the past. It is worth buying a tour on a retro train to Karelia for "time travel". The restored steam locomotive and carriages of the modern level of comfort reproduce the atmosphere of 100 years ago. The natural beauties of Karelia from the window of a restored carriage drawn by a steam locomotive of 1956 are perceived much sharper and brighter than when traveling on a modern high-speed train, bus or car.
Features of the excursion to Karelia on a steam locomotive.
The tour starts in St. Petersburg. The first kilometers of the journey are made on the high-speed train "Swallow". The train, exactly repeating the passenger train of the century before last, is waiting for its passengers in the Karelian city Sortavala. The further route includes visiting the most popular natural, cultural and historical sights of the republic.
The popularity of tours to Karelia on a retro train is very high. Tickets for a retro train are of the high demand and should be purchased long before the start of the trip, otherwise you can be left without a trip during the tourist season.
Natural park Ruskeala is the pride of the republic.
You will see the most interesting places in the park, learn how this natural and man-made pearl was created. After the tour is over, tourists can wander along the paths of the park on their own, admire Montferrand Lake, wild paths among marble cliffs, abandoned grottoes and quarries.
Breathtaking entertainment awaits you in the mountain park. The suspension track, laid at a height of 30 meters, is 400 meters of pure adrenaline and the feeling of free flight over the canyon. In summer, you can take a boat ride along the surface of the lake, which was formed on the site of the former marble mining. The park offers inexpensive boat rentals. Hungry tourists satisfy their hunger in one of the inexpensive cafes. The shops sell unique products of local craftsmen who have mastered folk crafts.
A cascade of several waterfalls attracts with the wild beauty of granite ledges, on which crystal jets of clear water break. The stunningly beautiful wild landscapes of this place have become natural scenery for several famous films. You will surely be shown the place where Zhenya bathed, diverting the attention of the German reconnaissance group in the legendary film “The Dawns Here Are Quiet”.
By stepping on an air rope bridge, you will test the strength of your nervous system, and at the same time make some unique and very beautiful shots of falling water.
An interactive museum of the history of the Viking Age.
The peculiarity of this museum is its liveliness and focus on active interaction with visitors. There are no prohibitions and exhibits hidden under glass. All rarities can be touched, used for their intended purpose. In the black bear fortress, a Viking settlement was recreated with houses for the life of sailors and even a place for minting coins. In the workshops, visitors can see and try on their own the manufacture of pottery, small blacksmithing. Images of the ancient gods, which were worshiped by fearless sailors, are waiting for you in the sacred temple. The real pride of the reenactors is the real "long house" of the Vikings, with a roof made in the form of the bottom of a warship, a drakkar.
To feel the taste of the atmosphere of past centuries, personally taken samples of different varieties of brewed honey or non-alcoholic sbiten, which are prepared here according to authentic recipes of the ancient inhabitants of this land, will help.
The final stage of the journey into the past will be a visit to the company store selling products of the famous trout farm. Fish delicacies from Karelia are the best souvenir and gift for relatives and friends.
The retro train returns to the railway station in Sortavala, where the fast-winged "Swallow" train is waiting for you for the way back to St.Petersburg. The steam locomotive trip to Karelia, full of impressions and events, is over, and acquaintance with the amazing and attractive northern Karelian region is just beginning. Learn how many vacation offers in Karelia are presented on Get in Russia website. Choose a holiday to your liking, at any time of the year the beauty of Karelia is waiting for you!