1 day trip to Russian villages

Experience the enchantment of the Kalevala rune lands, and follow in the foot-steps of Elias Lönnrot and other folklore collectors. Discover the uniqueness of Karelian wooden architecture. Meet rune singers and traditional artists who possess skills and knowledge passed down from generations. Europe no longer has many indigenous cultures. In Viena, an indigenous culture - the one that gave the world Kalevala poetry - still survives.

Elias Lönnrot (1802-1884) found the stories of the Finnish national epic Kalevala mainly from Viena Karelia. On his journeys he systematically collected epic folk poems sung to him by the locals. The Kalevala has had a crucial effect in the cultural confidence of the Finns. It has given the nation a treasure of knowledge about the Finnish folk mythology, archaeology, and age-old oral poetic tradition.

During this day trip we will visit the village of Sohjanakoski. Its location by the Sohjanakoski rapid connecting lakes Tuoppajärvi and Pääjärvi, two of the largest lakes of Karelia, makes it one of the handsomest villages in Karelia. 


7.00: Departure from Ruka
8.00: Border crossing formalities at Kuusamo-Suoperä border crossing point

The first stop is at Sohjanakoski village, where we will have tee with the locals at the local House of Culture.  The journey continues to Pääjärvi village and we will enjoy lunch at Pääjärvi school. After lunch we will visit the Visitor Centre of Paanajärvi National Park and learn how the park is managed. We will shop for some souvenirs and return to the border. We will arrive back at Ruka appr. at 20.00.

Price: 269 €/person

Price includes: Guiding, transfers from/to Ruka, group visa, lunch and other services mentioned in the programme.

Minimum group size: 6 adults