Kola Peninsula: a great and beautiful polar region – Day 1: A day on the road, a short walk through New Ladoga and Petrozavodsk.

We'll spend the first day on the road. On the way we'll admire the old town of Old Ladoga, stop at a soulful restaurant "Mandrogi", walk on the shore of Lake Onega in Petrozavodsk. We'll come to the hotel at midnight - it's necessary to have a good night's sleep, because tomorrow we'll have to drive a lot more.
Kola Peninsula: a great and beautiful polar region
Travel distance by car: 749 km.Travel distance on foot: 0 km.Visiting: Segezha, Centralniy, Petrozavodsk, Padun, Selivanovo Pervoye, Staraya Ladoga, Verkhniye Mandrogi

Trip duration: 6 days

Marina Voronchikhina

Hyundai Creta

Old Ladoga castle (Староладожская крепость)


The way to Murmansk is not close, but do not deny yourself the pleasure of stopping in beautiful places on the way. For example, you can visit the village of Old Ladoga. On the archaeological data is the most ancient city of Russia and presumable capital of the state of Rurik. Almost the whole territory of the village is occupied by a museum-reserve with architectural monuments of VIII-XIX centuries. Entrance to the territory of the fortress costs only 50 rubles (without visiting museums and towers).

Gazpromneft filling station #111

There's a gas station coming up. If you are tired, make a comfortable stop - come for a coffee!

Ресторан Мандроги


Worthy restaurants on the next section of the road is not enough. Among the absolute favourites is a restaurant in Mandrogi, a reconstructed 19th century village. These are real refectory rooms in the old Russian royal style, with antique furniture and old household items. The menu corresponds to the interiors: beef tongue with horseradish, cutlets from Onega zander, venison dumplings. Prices are expected to be high, but no money is pitiful for such beauty. Please note that everything is prepared "with a knife", so complex dishes should be ordered in advance. As a last resort, you can look at the next pancake shop, where they cook much faster.

Topaz-Kola Hotel

Онежская набережная

Waterfronts, Pedestrian Plazas

We'll stop in Petrozavodsk for a short walk along Onega embankment and listen to the screams of seagulls. There are a lot of art objects and monuments on the city embankment, and luxurious Karelian sunsets can be a topic for a separate trip.

Кафе Mapk

Dinner at the roadside cafe "Mark" - a great option for a quick and hearty dinner at an affordable price.

Topaz-Kola Hotel

Time is nearing midnight, we're running out of strength. We'll continue tomorrow, but in the meantime we'll find a hotel to recover from a difficult day.