Tour "Ancient volcanoes of Karelia" Private Tour

We offer you to enjoy the real Karelian nature in natural parks and reserves. You can see volcanoes, waterfalls, mountains, quarries, etc.

Karelia, having a favourable geographical location, unique natural and recreational resources, centuries-old cultural and historical heritage, is attractive for Russian and foreign tourists. During this tour, you will visit natural parks and reserves. You will see volcanoes, waterfalls, mountains, quarries, etc. We offer you to make a guided tour to the natural reserve in suburbs of Petrozavodsk, where you can climb up the mountain Sampo, an ancient volcano Girvas, visit health resort "Martsialnie Vody" where you'll be able to try mineral water from underground sources. Also, you will see the famous waterfall Kivach - the second biggest waterfall in Europe. You will have time to make unique photos and buy Karelian souvenirs. After the tour, the guide will accompany you to the place of your accommodation.

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  • What's included :
    • Hotel pick up and drop-off
    • Entrance fee to the natural reserves
    • Driver’s services as per the program (Comfortable car/minivan with A/C)
    • Professional English-speaking guide assistance. Other languages upon request
    • All taxes, fees and handling charges
    • Guaranteed skip-the-line entrance
    What's excluded :
    • Meals / Drinks
    • Personal expenses
    • Gratuities to guide/driver (optional)
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Mount Sampo, Russia

    Sampo Mountain is a rocky hill on the western shore of Konchezer. The mountain owes its name to the Karelian-Finnish epic “Kalevala”: the Sampo's mill became the central symbol of this work. According to legend, Sampo's magical hammer mill was forged by the blacksmith Ilmarinen so that it would always bring rich gifts to people. In the 1960s, a joint Soviet-Finnish film crew chose this particular mountain for the filming of one of the episodes of the film Sampo. Perhaps because the mountain offers a magnificent panorama of forests and islands of Konchezer, stretching for 30 km.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Ancient volcano Girvas, Hirvas Russia

    The unique geological object is located below the former well-known waterfall of the same name on the dried riverbed of the Suna River. Girvas is one of the oldest volcanoes in Karelia, it is about 2 billion years old. When conducting paleovolcanological studies of volcanic formations in the region of the northern outskirts of the village of Girvas, peculiar volcanic rocks were discovered in the stream bed of the Paliozerskaya HPP in the fall of 1966. They form a complex volcanic apparatus associated with the manifestation of the Yatuli main volcanism and called the Girvas volcano.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Sanatory Martsialnye Vody, поселок Марциальные Воды, Марциальные Воды, Respublika Kareliya, Russia, 185901

    Martsialnye Vody, or the Waters of Mars, is the oldest spa in Russia. Its special treatments are very popular among local visitors which come here to enjoy the healing power of sulfur-smelling mud as well as lovely scenery.

    This spa is a remarkable place whose history goes back to the tsar Peter I., who was its founder. It is the oldest spa in Russia, founded in 1719. The tsar himself paid the spa a healing visit several times and many of Russian officers followed his example over the years as well.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Kivach State Nature Reserve Kivach Waterfalls, Zapovednaya Str. 14 village Kivach Russia

    Kivach is a 10.7-meter-high cascade waterfall. It is situated on the Suna River in the Kondopoga District, Republic of Karelia and gives its name to the Kivach Natural Reserve, founded in 1931.

    Kivach owes much of its fame to Gavrila Derzhavin, the governor of Olonets (1784) and a Russian poet who was inspired by its "impetuous stream" to write "Waterfall", one of the most important Russian poems of the 18th century. Many other eminent visitors followed Derzhavin to see the famous waterfall. One of these was Alexander II of Russia, who commissioned a new road to Kivach, an arbour on the right bank of the stream and a bridge slightly downstream.

    In 1936, the Soviets diverted part of the river to feed a local hydroelectric power station, which affected the waterfall negatively, while its rivals - Girvas (14.8 meters) and Por-Porog (16.8 meters) - were destroyed altogether.

    Nowadays Kivach wakes up only during spring floods. Although it is not as spectacular as it used to be, Kivach is still considered a major sight in Karelia. Thousands of tourists visit the place annually.

    Duration: 1 hour

  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    You will be picked up from any hotel of Petrozavodsk.
    Return Detail :
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Pick-up and drop-off at the place of your accommodation in Petrozavodsk
    • Infant seats available
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Face masks provided for travelers
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
    • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.



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Organised by U Visit Russia

Activity ID: V-7772P176

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