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On a rented SUV across Karelia

On a rented SUV across Karelia

14.06.2016
The beauty of the Karelian nature is commonly known. However, know and see by proper eyes are two different things.

The beauty of the Karelian nature is commonly known. However, know and see by proper eyes are two different things.

Who opts for a rental car

Students, retired, and others who don’t have a car of their own can take advantage of renting a car. To do this, you must be of legal age (18 years) and have a driver's license. In practice, many companies have additional conditions:

  • be older than 21 years;
  • have a driving experience from 1 to 3 years and more.
On a rented SUV across Karelia

Of course, you can look for a more compliant car rental service. You are most likely to succeed; if worst comes to worst, you will have to pay extra fees or make a deposit.

Journey across Karelia

Karelia is often referred to as a country of thousands of lakes. Actually, the region has more than 40 thousand lakes; they take up more than 20% of the territory. Therefore, the desire to visit the biggest ones, the lakes Ladoga and Onega, is quite natural. They are not only very vivid, but also rich in islands of different sizes. Some islands feature widely-known historical sites.

On a rented SUV across Karelia

Lake Ladoga is the largest lake in Europe. Beautiful surroundings attract many tourists, nature lovers, and fishermen. Those who are interested in history can find a lot of curiosities. Ancient pictures of people and animals are carved on the coastal cliffs. Believing them to be demonic traces, monks overlayed them with crosses.

The water surface of lake Ladoga houses over 650 islands, including large ones: Mantsinsaari, Valaam, Konevets. Most tourists going to Karelia visit the island Valaam. As we managed to rent a car, we are going there, too.

On a rented SUV across Karelia

Valaam is the largest island of the archipelago of the same name. The most popular local landmark is the Valaam Monastery. Founded in the 12th century, it was destroyed and restored only on the order of Peter the Great. Some books from the ancient library were preserved, including a copy of the writings by John Chrysostom.

Apart from the monastery, the island houses several ancient churches and a hotel.

Lake Onega is connected with Ladoga lake through the river Svir. Onega lake has numerous tributaries, the indented coast form many bays. The lake houses over 1300 islands, the Island Kizhi is most popular among them.

The temple complex of the Spassky monastery is made of wood. It consists of unique churches - the Church of the Transfiguration (22 domes), the Church of the Intercession (9 domes) and an original belfry. Buildings are in perfect harmony with each other.

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