Spa Komarovo and Finnish architecture Priozerska – Day 2: Tourist village Ruskeala

It's morning in the county town of Sortavala. Built by the Finns, which is attractive and unusual. Most of the day today we will spend a boat ride on the marble canyon lake, strolling through flat waterfalls, enjoying the Karelian landscapes.
Spa Komarovo and Finnish architecture Priozerska

Trip duration: 2 days

Ksenia Beskova

Площадь Кирова


The town of Sortavala is interesting because a lot of Finnish brick and wooden buildings have been preserved here. Leander's house is a decoration of the main street. It was built in 1903. It was thought to be a bank building. Time has not changed anything, now there is a branch of Sberbank.

Underground lake (Подземное озеро)


Rent a boat. Row and watch the color of the marble change depending on how the sun rays hit it. Leave the paddles, allow yourself to watch the nature in the middle of the lake. By the way, you can fly over a marble quarry on a bungee.

Marble Canyon (Мраморный каньон)

National Parks

Here the blocks were mined especially for the cladding, St. Isaac's Cathedral in St. Petersburg and Ladozhskaya metro station. Now drivers are looking at flooded bulldozers, equipped with pedestrian routes, restored old adits, electricity. The quarries are illuminated, which makes them even more memorable and lures tourists.

Водопады Рускеалы / Ruskeala Waterfalls (Рускеальские водопады)

Waterfalls, Nature Preserves

Parking's a stone's throw away. Plain waterfalls, along which you can walk on homemade pine bridges. The movie "The Dawns Here Are Quiet" made this place famous in cinema. There are benches for holidaymakers and a cafe. On the road near the highway, locals sell their own jam, for example, made from lumps.



Wood, fireplace, panoramic windows. The menu includes moose, venison and other local delights. Fragrant, strong tea.

часовня Св. Валентина


It's a quiet little town. Modern wooden chapel, port nearby. The sound of the railroad is heard. A good place to drink tea from the thermos and take a break. For those who want to eat at the grocery stores in walking distance.

Зоопарк "Шишки на Лампушке"

Zoo Exhibits

Our trip to the private forest zoo is coming to an end. Perhaps it is better to come here with children, as the animals can be fed, photographed and even walked. For example, a walk with a deer costs 1000 rubles.


Restaurants, Steakhouses

Nice twilight. Lots of meat dishes on the menu. Fast serving, good choice of wine.