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1. Arrival in Sortavala (The city closest to the park in the Republic of Karelia)

2. A bus and walking tour with a guide around the city "Sortavala-the capital of the Northern Ladoga".

3. Lunch at 12:30 

4. Transfer to Ruskeala Mountain Park 

5. Guide assistance (travel information to the Ruskeala mountain park) - Ground excursion in the mountain park "The Road of the Mountain Masters"

6. End of excursion, free time (photo, video ...)

7. Arrival at the hotel

Helpful information:

Tourists will be given helmets, lanterns, life jackets, and in the summer - additional warm clothing. The temperature in the adits is kept at + 7 ° C both in winter and in summer, and in the large marble hall, due to the special effect of the “cold bag”, it is almost always colder.

Organized excursion "The Road of the Mountain Masters


    Duration of the tour: 

    1 hour 30 minutes. The length of the route:  2.2 km. Group from 4 to 25 people.

Organized tour “Marble Canyon”

throughout the year
    Tour Duration: 1 hour The length of the route: 1.3 km.Group from 4 to 25 people.

Organized tour "Underground Ruskeala"

throughout the year
    Duration of the tour: in the winter 1 hour, in the summer 1 hour 30 minutes.Route length: about 850 metersGroup from 4 to 10 (20) people.


    - 25.07.20

    - 30.07.20

    -  05.08.20



a little about the kitchen

Gastronomic food of Karelia

In cafes and restaurants, you can have a delicious lunch, relax, and gain strength after the road or in between sightseeing. The choice of guests dishes of European and Karelian cuisine.


Ruskeala marble deposit- the largest of Ladoga. It covers an area of several tens of square kilometers, and is explored to a depth of more than five hundred meters. Marble is mostly banded. Colors range from gray, blue-gray, greenish-gray, white to almost black. There are a lot of clusters of quartz, streaming serpentine, spots of brown, yellow and reddish hues. As a result of tectonic processes that lasted millions of years, the layers of stone were crushed, twisted and mixed. The surface of the marble massif acquired a modern look as a result of the movement of the three-kilometer layer of the last glacier, twelve thousand years ago. It was the glacier that left behind the smoothed “lamb foreheads” and the furrows of the “curly rocks”. Five quarries were laid at the deposit, on which marble of 4 colors — ashen gray, gray-green, white with gray veins and white-blue-gray — was mined using drilling and laying powder charges. Up to 500 local people were employed in stone mining.Ruskeala marble was used in the construction of significant buildings in St. Petersburg and the palace suburbs. They faced St. Isaac's Cathedral, laid the floors of the Kazan Cathedral, made the windowsills of the Hermitage, framed the windows of the Marble Palace and the facade of the Mikhailovsky Castle, and also in the second half of the 20th century - the underground halls of the Primorskaya and Ladoga metro stations. During the construction of St. Isaac's Cathedral, in 1818-1858, architect Auguste Montferrand repeatedly visited marble works.In 1846, after the construction of a water-based sawing and grinding plant and the organization of lime production from fragments of marble, the number of workers engaged in demolition reached 800 people.In 1939-1947 the quarry did not work. Production at the marble-lime plant was resumed in 1947 and was in effect until the early 1990s. A small amount of marble was produced in blocks, as well as marble for the production of lime, decorative chips, lime flour and crushed stone of various fractions.

Ruskeala marble quarries are located 25 km north of the city of Sortavala, on the high bank of the rapids of the river Tohmayoki ("mad, bad"), near the ancient village of Ruskeala. The name of the village probably came from the local name of the Tohmayoki River - Ruskolka (from the Karelian ruskea - brown, red, red), in which the water is always brown, dark red due to the dissolved iron compounds in it. The local reddish-brown soils are also rich in iron. In ancient times, not far from Ruskeala, in the town of Hanki they even mined iron ore - ocher. Ruskeala village under this name is mentioned only from the beginning of the XVIII century, and until that time it was called differently - Ruysselka (Ruyssel).

In 2010, a significant part of the filming of the film “The Dark World” was held in Ruskeale.Since 2017, a summer music festival “Ruskeala Symphony” has been held in the mountain parkOn June 1, 2019 from the Sortavala station to the Ruskeala mountain park a tourist retro-train was launched on a locomotive traction, the interior of which was made in the style of the Nikolaev Express.

The climate of Sortavala is temperate, with a strong influence of cyclones from the Atlantic Ocean and the White Sea. Here, a long, snowy and rather dark winter characteristic of the northern latitudes. In November and December, the sun rises over the horizon for only a few hours. The average January temperature is -18 ..- 22 ° С, and under the influence of Atlantic cyclones it can drop to -30 ° С.In March-April, rivers and lakes open. In mid-May, navigation opens and the tourist season begins. Summer in Sortavala is short and not hot, it starts in June. The average temperature in July is about +18 .. + 22 ° С. The weather is unstable in summer, it often rains, the humidity in these parts is quite noticeable. Although the last five years in July-August, it is quite possible to warm up and sunbathe well.It is very important to remember the white nights, they are really white and prevent someone from sleeping, while someone, on the contrary, loves round-the-clock walks in the city.

On the territory of the Republic of Karelia, mobile communication is provided by the operators: OJSC MegaFon, OJSC MTS, OJSC Vympel Com (Bee Line), Tele-2.A network of payment terminals has been established in Sortavala; there are also points for receiving payments and connecting to the network.

• Before going on routes, check the serviceability of clothing, shoes, necessary equipment. It is not recommended to go on a route in uncomfortable and tight shoes with a sliding sole, in high heels. Clothing should be comfortable, not restricting movements.• Do not throw stones and various objects down when climbing, descending, and on top of rocks, you can injure people below.• When examining canyons and rocks, it is forbidden to stay in unshielded places, to approach the edge of the sides of the canyon closer than 2 meters.• Dogs are not allowed in the park.• Swimming in the Marble Canyon is prohibited.• Do not drink alcohol.• The administration of the park and its employees are not responsible for children and adult vacationers, tourists and visitors to the park if the accident occurred through no fault of the park employees.

what could be better than hot finnish bread

one of the peaks of the local mountains

cafe in the park


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Contact Info

Address: Russian Federation, St. Petersburg, Sredny prospekt V.O. 86., postcode: 199106