Tourist attractions

The Best Tourist Attractions of the Prionezhie and Zaonezhie Regions 

Delightful to the eye, these beautiful landscapes continue beyond the area of the Jalgora Active Leisure Centre.

Within the 90 km area, discover unique beauty and noteworthy nature sites, historical, cultural and archaeological heritage sites. 

Depositphotos_15761649_original.jpgExplore picturesque Suisari Island, known as the filming site for the “Cold Summer of 1953” film. 
Depositphotos_2330094_original.jpgWater routes over Onega Lake connect Jalguba with Zaonezhie where breath-taking Kizhi Island is located. It is the museum-reserve, a World Heritage Site of UNESCO, and a monument of wooden architecture. 
404710 1.jpgThe Muromskyi Dormition Monastery is located on the narrow (about 1km wide) strip of land between Onega and Muromskoe lake. This is one of the most difficult to reach monasteries in Russia. On one side, this land is limited by a duct and on the other, it is embraced by forest swaps. Not every car can pass the road to the monastery (about 18 km from Hwy P-5), for that reason it is better to get there by boat.

Unizkaja Bay is one of the cleanest and most pristine bays of the Onega Lake. Here you can find the abandoned village of the Medvezhiegorsk region known as Pegrema. Pegrema serves as a fine example of Zaonezie wooden architecture. It consists of several large country houses with facades facing the sparkling lake.

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In the early 90s, a sanctuary was discovered close to the village. They called it Pegrema. It contains compactly concentrated float-stones of different sizes with zoo and antropomorphic forms roughly cut into their surfaces.

Nowadays, the cultural and historical centre Pegrema is a point of interest for many tourists. 

Devil’s Nose Cape (Besov Nos) is famous for its petroglyphs, among which there is an anthropomorphic image of 2.30 metres in length, which is approximately 5,000 years old, known as the “demon”.

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The name «demon» was given to the image by Christian monk-pioneers in the XVI century. Petroglyphs are part of the archaeological Neolithic monuments. Besides the Devil’s Nose Cap, petroglyphs have bee scattered in groups over the rock capes of Kladovetsz, Gazhii, Peri Nos and Gurij island. Overall, Onega petroglyphs cover an area of 20.5 km and account for up to 1,200 figures and signs on the lakeshore.

There is a waterfall called Kivach in the Kondopozhskiy region. This waterfall is located on the territory of the reserve under the same name.  The reserve area is of more than 10,000 hectares and has a Museum of Nature and Arboretum on its site. It is a stunning living collection of trees and shrubs. The reserve is open all year round and invites tourists for exciting open-air excursions.

Kivach is the second largest plain waterfall in Europe after the Rhine. 

Water falls in four stages; the height of the fall from top to bottom is 10.7 metres. 

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Scholars believe that the name Kivach comes from Karelian, Veps and Finnish. In Finnish, “Kivi” means stone, while “Kivas” signifies “strong, powerful, and fast-paced”. 

The legend of the waterfall begins with two river sisters: Suna and Shuja. They did not want to be apart and instead wanted to run closely. One day, Suna gave her comfortable watercourse to her sister and lay for a day of rest. When she awoke, she saw that Shuja had run much further and sprung forward, crashing everything in her way. In the place where Suna broke the rocks, the waterfall Kivach emerged. 

The most famous visitor to the waterfall is Emperor Alexander II. 

The number of nearby sightseeing attractions, of course, extends the functionality of the Jalgora Active Leisure Centre. It makes the centre attractive to those interested in history, culture, wooden architecture and the nature of the Russian north, as well as for fans of esoteric traveling, eco-tourism, and fishing. 

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Main distance in kilometres from the territory of Jalgora:

  • Petrozavodsk city 15 km.
  • Suisar’ village 11 km.
  • Zaonezhie (Kizhi Island) 50 km.
  • Muromskyi Dormition Monastery 100 km (by boat).
  • Devil Nose Cape / Besov Nos Cape 83 km.
  • Pegrema village 55 km (by boat).
  • Kivach waterfall 45 km.
  • Shardony Islands 13 km.
  • Ivanovskiy Island 15.5 km.

The Jalgora Active Leisure Centre operates year-round: in winter, it is mainly used as an alpine ski complex, while during summer, it becomes a tourist centre with a wide range of cultural and entertaining programs, namely:

  • Excursions to the reserved sites of Karelia, as well as to historical-architectural monuments, and to archaeological sites.
  • Esoteric travels to mysterious places in the Karelian forest villages.
  • Fishing and active water recreation activities.
  • There are also plans for Jalgora to become a recreational base for the Onega Regatta.