Russian North – Day 1: Old Ladoga, handicrafts Sloboda, road to Kargopol

The road to the Russian North is decorated with various ancient churches, the shore of Lake Ladoga, powerful fortresses, many small lakes. Today we will visit the village of Mandrogi. In this corner of wooden architecture we will try our handicraft and art workshops.
Russian North

Trip duration: 6 days

Ksenia Beskova

Volkswagen Polo Sedan

Old Ladoga castle (Староладожская крепость)


Old Ladoga. The first capital of Northern Russia. Fortress on the bank of the Volkhov River, which is led by a thicketed and falling apart descent. One of the towers of the fortress now has a two-story museum. An interesting exposition and the layout of the room immerses in the life of the Middle Ages. The museums are open from Tuesday to Sunday.

Stariy Gorod Hotel

Ремесленная Слобода

Art Galleries

A tourist spot on our way. The village was organized in the early 90s. All buildings were moved here from Vologda and Arkhangelsk regions. The houses are authentic, have not been restored. There are handicraft and art workshops on the territory. For example, Russian folk instruments. Workshops on lace weaving, birch bark, folk dolls and, of course, clay and ceramic products.

Кафе "Паломник"


Cafe at Holy Trinity Monastery. Local pastry, Russian cuisine and herbal teas. Sounds church chanting. In the season a tiny veranda is open, you can move to the fresh air.

Свято-Троицкий Александра Свирского мужской монастырь

Historic Sites

The Village of Old Sloboda. Funny flowerbeds between the alleys and two-storey houses for the monastery staff. The bell tower of the Transfiguration Cathedral rises. In Soviet times it housed a psychiatric hospital and an orphanage. And later the space of the monastery was given to communal apartments.

Юксовичи, Церковь св. Великомученника Георгия Победоносца


It is believed that the first temple on this site was built in 1493. It was rebuilt several times. The age-old wooden architecture. Not regularly, but divine services are held.



Nice interior. Tiny round tables for two, wooden chairs. Menu without exquisite, easy to choose something to suit your mood.