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Sorvatala is the best gateway to the Valaam Archipelago, which is one of wonders of Russia: the nature is beautiful and provides for many lovely walks and there are many interesting places of religious worship.
If you have a possibility to come to Valaam, don't hesitate. All the island is imbued with the spirit of Christianity and calmness. This place is perfect to stay by yourself, with your own thougths and dreams. The nature here isn't even eazy to describe...More
Valamo archipelago is one of the most besutifull areas at Ladoga. There are loads to explore, so you need your own boat.
There are numerous small churches on the islands - so have you camera continiously ready.
We don't speak Russian and had some difficultys to get informations in English how to go to Valaam without an normal excursion from Sortavala. We realy wanted to camp on Valaam, but in Sortavala we couldn't find anyone who spokes English or know if its...More