Mysterious Vottovaara: Hiking in the Russian North

Vottovaara is one of the most mysterious places in Karelia.  This mountain (total height 417 m above sea level) is really a unique geologic and geographic object. Here is an extraordinary landscape for Central Karelia: numerous huge boulders and “legged” stones, fantastic-formed trees, rocky rifts and small lakes. We offer to go hiking to Vottovaara as to:

  • see “legged” stones, which some researchers consider cultic objects of the ancient Sami;
  • find out what traces the ancient glacier left;
  • trail the partisan unit that defended this area during the Great Patriotic War, and to learn why the neighboring hillside was called "Death-Mountain";
  • climb to the highest point in central Karelia and enjoy incredible views.

 

Tour Location: Karelia

Type: Hiking tour

Dates:
14.06.2019−16.06.2019
21.06.2019−23.06.2019
28.06.2019−30.06.2019
05.07.2019−07.07.2019
12.07.2019−14.07.2019
19.07.2019−21.07.2019
26.07.2019−28.07.2019
02.08.2019−04.08.2019
09.08.2019−11.08.2019
16.08.2019−18.08.2019
23.08.2019−25.08.2019
30.08.2019−01.09.2019
06.09.2019−08.09.2019
13.09.2019−15.09.2019
20.09.2019−22.09.2019
27.09.2019−29.09.2019

Number of days: 3 days / 2 nights

Group: 6 to 14 people

For groups less than 6 people price will be different

Accommodation: Camp, overnights in tents

 

Tour program

1st Day

Meeting the guide at the railway station in Petrozavodsk. Please take the train which arrive not later than 9 a.m.

Transfer to Gimoly village (about 5 hours). Change minibus to all-wheel drive cargo-passenger off-road vehicles and get to camp place (about 30 minutes). Pitch up a tents, have a lunch.

Radial walk to the Death-Mountain (5 km), return to the camp. Dinner, rest. Accommodation in tents.

2nd Day

Breakfast. Radial walk to Vottovaara. Sightseeing around top of the mounting: stone amphitheater, “stairs to heaven”, lake, a lot of legged-stones. Lunch at the top of Vottoovaara.

Return to the camp. Dinner, rest. Overhight in tents.

3rd Day

Breakfast. Pack our bags, go to minibus (11 km). Return to Petrozavodsk, on the road visit to Girvas – the ancient volcano. Dinner at the restaurant. Completion of the tour, summing up.

Departure by the trains after 5 p.m.

 

Price includes:

  • Tour guide
  • Transfers
  • Meals (according to the program)
  • Equipment rental (tents, bonfire equipment)
  • First aid kit

Please note that train tickets are not included in cost, but we can help you to chose and buy them.

 

Extra costs ≈ 3000 rubles:

  • Souvenirs
  • Snacks (individually)
  • Insurance (tick-borne encephalitis)

 

List of equipment

Clothes and shoes

Thermal underwear, synthetic T-shirts, fleece jacket, pants, membrane jacket, cap, gloves,

trekking socks, wool socks, underwear and clean clothes, trekking boots, swimwear

Accessories

Backpack (60-90 liters), backpack rain cover; waterproof pouch for documents, photo equipment, etc.

Camping mat, sleeping bag (with temperature range from 10 to 3°С)

Sunglasses, flashlight, power bank, thermos, sit pad, towel, lighter

Personal care

Personal hygiene items, hygienic lipstick, wet wipes, paper napkins. Mug, bowl, spoon, knife

Medicines

Oily skin cream, sun protection cream, anesthetic, individual drugs

Documents

Passport, money, telephone, medical insurance policy

 

We recommend installing a mobile application with GPS detection and offline maps (for example LocusMap or Offlinemaps)

Number of days: 3
Included services:
Guide
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Accommodation (Hotel/Guesthouse)
Accommodation (Homestay)
Entrance tickets (e.g. museums, parks etc.)
Beverages (non-alcoholic)
Car (with driver)
Fuel, Petrol
Bus/Train tickets
Domestic flight tickets
Not included: Train tickets, souvenirs, snacks (individually), alcoholic drinks, insurance (tick-borne encephalitis)
What to bring: Necessary equipments are listed in tour program
Transport: Bus/Minibus
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