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Explore the mysterious Northern Russia and discover secrets well-kept. The Russian North – is not only ice and polar bears or the harsh wind and cold sea. The excursion from St. Petersburg to Arkhangelsk will be held in the warmest months of summer during the famous “White Nights”. The farther north we will sail, the longer will be days. During the trip, you can: swim in the largest lakes in Europe, see the White Sea seal, visit ancient monasteries and meet the most beautiful sunrises in the world!
Ladoga lake. Lake Ladoga is the largest freshwater lake in Europe. Since ancient times, its shores were inhabited by people. Extraordinary landscapes of Ladoga is still pleasing to the eye: the small archipelago, granite cliffs and pine forests, it seems that this places were not reached by civilization. In addition to its rich history, the lake is famous for its severe temper.
Konevetz island. Valaam island. The Orthodox Monasteries that are situated on Valaam Island and Konevetz Island are the holy places of Ladoga lake. They were founded around the same time at the end of XIV – the beginning of the XV century. During the winter the connection with them is almost impossible. Those, who have ever visited this places will never forget their beauty.
The Svir River. The Svir River flows into Ladoga lake and connect it with Onega lake. We will pass two locks and will stop in several villages on our way for to see the museum of wooden architecture in Mandrogi village and will visit famous Russian bathhouses.
Onega Lake. Kizhi and petroglyph. Onega lake is the place where sail regattas are often held. It is famous for its numerous islands and unusual micro-climate. The direction of the wind can be changed there for several times a day. First we will go to see the famous Onega petroglyphs (ancient rock inscriptions) in the eastern part of the lake, and then will visit the monument of Russian wooden architecture – Kizhi churchyard. In 1993, it was included in UNESCO World Heritage List. There are 89 wooden buildings of XV – XX centuries on the island.
The White Sea-Baltic Canal. The White Sea-Baltic Canal is unique because its history and navigation. The length of the canal is 227 km, it contains 19 locks. It was built in 1930, less than a year, than as the world-famous canals that are less long were built for many years. It is difficult to overestimate its importance – the White Sea Canal opens the way to the northern seas.
The White Sea. The Solovetsky Islands. Sailing on the White Sea you can see the seals, sea waves and sunsets of extraordinary beauty. We will make a stop on one of the islands of the Solovetskyarchipelago. Will visit Solovetsky monastery that was founded in the middle of XV century. The history of the monastery is so varied and rich, that it is difficult to fit in one tour. After a rest we will sail further towards the river Dvina.
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