Welcome to Arkhangelsk!
Visit Arkhangelsk, and we will treat you to delicious fish and northern gingerbread - kozulya!
Let us show you the beauty of our nature and ancient monasteries, preserving the memories of their centuries-long history.
You will admire the white nights!
We will show you the Solovki archipelago, soaring like a mirage in the White Sea, Kargopol - a toy city, you will go along the Northern Dvina river on a paddle-steamer, visit an icebreaker, see the diamond deposit, and walk around Arkhangelsk, the first Russian seaport and homeland of the Russian fleet, enjoying the northern hospitality!
A 50-minute flight by private charter across the White Sea takes you to this mystical island where you can admire the famous Solovetsky Kremlin which together with the monastery forms the cultural and historic ensemble has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, learn the history of the monastery complex and the Gulag.
After lunch at the island’s best hotel, a sightseeing drive takes you to Sekirnaya Hill, the highest point on the island. From here, you can admire a great panorama of the northern part of the island and the White Sea. At the hilltop stands the Church of Ascension used as a tough prison during Gulag time. Today, the church has been returned to its original purpose whilst serving at the same time as a unique lighthouse. Near the church you can see the ancient monastic road and a tall, wooden cross, placed by the Russian Patriarch as a memorial to the prisoners of the Gulag who died on Solovki.
Conclude your visit to the Pearl of Northern Russia with the drive back to the airport, where your charter plane stands ready for the return flight to Archangelsk. At the Vaskovo airport you are met and transferred to the hotel. This one-day excursion to isolated Solovetsky Island guarantees a most unusual and memorable experience.
Take an opportunity to visit Kargopol - one of the ancient Northern towns of Arkhangelsk region.
This area is famous for its unique stone and wooden architecture and Northern nature.
A 6-hours journey by train will take you to small local settlement Niandoma followed by an one-hour bus transfer to Kargopol town.
Kargopol had once a strategic location along rich trade routes.
This fact facilitated stone architecture which today contributes to a special atmosphere of the old town.
An eventful excursion program is waiting for you in this journey. You will visit unique wooden churches in neighboring old villages; enjoy walking city tour admiring huge and impressive the Nativity Cathedral built in 1562 with five cupolas and an exhibition inside; taste traditional Northern cuisine cooked in Russian stove and get acquainted with the cultural, historical and natural heritage of this area. Feel the Russian North!
The second day is devoted to the gem of the Russian North - Kenozero National Park which is nestled amongst legendary ancient woodland. Explore the park trails and sites; learn about nature and wildlife as you go, admire numerous samples of wooden architecture, scenic landscapes and local traditions. Enjoy a real Forest Day at Kenozero!
Step aboard the paddle steamer Gogol built in 1911. You will see the river Northern Dvina banks and the city of Arkhangelsk, the first port of Russia, established four centuries ago. The city highlights will be explained by a guide in English over the PA system.
During two hours you will be aboard a paddle steamer which is 108 years old. The Gogol used to carry passengers and cargo from Arkhangelsk to Kotlas (600 km up the river). During the Allied Intervention (1918-1919) she was a hospital for Bolsheviks. In 1972 the paddle steamer was bought by a military enterprise in Severodvinsk and repaired. Since that time she has been carrying visitors along the River Northern Dvina. At a slow pace you will see the local area.
You will hear about the major city highlights described by a guide over the PA system. Moreover a short excursion to the engine room of the steamer will be arranged during the river tour.
Located amidst the hills in one of the most picturesque places on the outskirts of Archangel,
Malye Korely is the largest open-air museum of its kind in Russia.
The Museum is home to many wooden buildings such as homes, churches,
barns and windmills collected from different parts of the region,
typical examples of how things used to be.
Houses built by hand with traditional tools such as axes in the 18th and 19th centuries still stand strong for you to enjoy viewing today.
Time permitting, there should also be some free tie to explore further at your leisure and
buy local souvenirs before re-joining your coach for the return drive to the city center.
Discover Arkhangelsk, a unique northern Russian city of a long historical heritage and culture. The sightseeing tour takes you through the central part of the city with major highlights of Arkhangelsk as well as historical monuments in the old part of town.
Start your excursion at Pur-Navolok Cape, the site where the city was founded in 1584. Admire a unique example of Russian architecture of the XVII century - the old stone Merchant Yard (Gostiny Dvor) hosting museum exhibition nowadays. Visit monuments to Peter the Great and Arctic Convoys followed by Eternal flame and Monument to a Seal. Enjoy views of the Northern Dvina.
Enjoy a walking along a heritage street – Chumbarovka which features authentic and reconstructed wooden houses of local merchants from the past from different parts of the city.
Continue your city tour with a walk across Lenin Square, the downtown with the administrative buildings and the last monument to Lenin (in the USSR),
Visit a souvenir shop offering traditional northern Russian crafts items, made locally and including carved bone things, wooden and birch bark items, etc.
City tour can be followed by a visit to one of the city museums such as Merchant Yard museum, Fine Arts Museum, Northern Maritime museum or Museum of Artistic Development of the Arctic named by Alexander Borisov.
The Museum is housed in a unique example of Russian architecture of the 17th century and the oldest stone building in the city.
Enjoy a visit to view the artefacts and exhibits telling the story of Archangel’s port in the 16th and 17th centuries.
You can also see traditional garments, headdresses and carved bone masterpieces.
Enjoy a visit to the Northern Maritime Museum where you will learn about local seafaring development and see exhibits including ship models,
a model of a lighthouse, maps, navigational instruments, photographs and personal belongings.
You will also hear of the Pomors, hunters and fishers who settled in this northern region of Russia.
Enjoy a visit to the Museum of Artistic Development of the Arctic named by Alexander Borisov
devoted to the mysterious World of Arctic with its glimmering stars,
the Northern lights, and snow storms created by famous Russian painter Alexander Borisov.
You can also see the unique exhibition devoted to the culture and art of Nenets native people.