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National park Lake Ladoga skerries photo

Ladoga Lake is the biggest lake in the Russian Karelia with a tremendous tourism potential. The lake is especially beautiful in its northern part, with its bluffy shoreline, scenic northern nature, good environmental conditions, and has everything you will need for a quiet, lonely rest and fishing.

The Volga-Baltic Waterway is in the south of Ladoga Lake, as well as many settlements, so tourism opportunities are restricted there. Old Ladoga, the oldest city in Russia located 130 km from St. Petersburg, is an interesting place in the south of the lake.

The exact opposite is the northern shore near the cities of Sortavala and Pitkyaranta. The granite northern shore of Ladoga Lake is channeled with skerries, and a line of closely spaced islets stretches for several kilometers from the shore of the lake. Totally, there are over 500 islets on Lake Ladoga. Together with the skerries the islets create a very beautiful archipelago where it will be interesting to ride in a motorboat and stop at the secluded reserve places.

The city of Sortavala may be considered the most advantageous starting point for the purpose on Lake Ladoga. Firstly, it is from there that the fast excursion boats daily depart to the Russian sanctuary – the island Valaam. The Valaam Transfiguration Monastery is located on the archipelago. The monastery complex comprises the central estate and a great number of skits and chapels scattered in the most picturesque places of the island.

Also from Sortalava you may have a boat ride over the picturesque places of Lake Ladoga in the neighborhood of Mari-Lahti and Toulon. The most picturesque rocky islands are there. You may land and have a walk on the most of them. All these islands are strewn with big boulders covered with a continuous carpet of mosses.

When in Sortavala you may plan very interesting trips to the Ruskeala marble quarries, as well as the Ruskeala waterfalls. They are only 30 km from Sortavala. Also from there you may easily get to Petrozavodsk and have a trip to Kizhi.

When planning boat tours, especially to remote places, including the Valaam archipelago, you must get the information on the weather and wind force. Lake Ladoga is very dangerous for navigation, as because of the peculiarities of its shoreline and depth, there prevail the so-called short and deep waves. They are very dangerous both for big excursion ships and motorboats.

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Severe beauty of the northern nature on the shore of Ladoga Lake
Stony shore of Lake Ladoga is covered by a thick, multi-colored carpet of mosses and flowers
Stones covered by white mosses on the shore of Ladoga Lake near the city of Sortavala 
Beautiful nature of Karelia near Ladoga Lake
Small sand beach at the skerries of the northern shore of Ladoga Lake 
Narrow strips of rocks and a skerry at the northern shore Ladoga Lake near the city of Sortavala
Stones covered by white and green mosses on the shore of Ladoga Lake
Numerous skerries at the northern shore of Ladoga Lake
Gull on the mossy stones of Ladoga Lake
Narrow mouth of a skerry in Ladoga Lake
Sunset over one of the numerous bays near the city of Sortavala
Nature of the northern Karelia near Ladoga Lake
Conglomeration of stones on the shore of Lake Ladoga
White mosses on the stones near the shore of Ladoga Lake
Severe beauty of the islands near the northern shore of Ladoga Lake
Big cliffs near Tulon island in Ladoga Lake
Typical rocky shore of the skerries in Ladoga Lake
Rocks on the northern shore of Ladoga Lake
White mosses descend down the rocks to the very edge of the waters of Ladoga Lake 
Ladoga Lake as viewed from the high rocks
Rocks on the northern shore of Ladoga Lake
Calm bay of Ladoga Lake near the city of Sortavala
Sunset over Ladoga Lake
In some skerries of the northern shore of Ladoga Lake one can see the tents of tourists who came in boats
Calm rocky coves in the skerries of Ladoga Lake
Channels of Ladoga Lake near Tulon island
Calm coves in the channels of the northern shore of Ladoga Lake
Calm coves in the channels of the northern shore of Ladoga Lake
Calm coves in the channels of the northern shore of Ladoga Lake
Rocky shore in the north of Ladoga Lake