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green Kizhi Island Main Trail


3.9 mile 6.4 kilometer point to point


Ascent: 51' 15 m
Descent: -53' -16 m
High: 135' 41 m
Low: 108' 33 m


Avg Grade: 0% (0°)
Max Grade: 3% (2°)


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A simple hike to admire ancient architecture. / La randonnée très simplepour admirer l'architecture ancienne carélien

Anastasia Prakhova

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · Spring · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

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There are a lot of small boats between Petrozavodsk (city in 70 km from Kizhi island) and Kizhi. To reach the island, hikers need to there by boat. It is possible to buy the tickets (go and back) in port of Petrozavodsk.


For those looking to discover the Russian heritage, this trail is exceptional as hikers takes a tour of Kiji Island. Kiji is an island in the northern part of Lake Onega. It is a true oasis of wooden architecture of northern Russia. Since the 1950s, this site has become an open-air museum. In 1990, it was inscribed on the Unesco World Heritage List. The center of this group of 89 buildings is the Church of the Transfiguration with 22 silverwood bulbs.

The hike allows visitors to see the most beautiful examples of isbas (a log hut) and other cult and household constructions that date back to different times and were transported to the island from the whole region of Lake Onega. The rugged scenery with rocks covered with moss and northern flowers in the fields create a special atmosphere of the Russian North!

Pour ceux qui cherchent à découvrir le patrimoine russe...

Cette randonnée est quelque part exceptionnelle. Elle fait un tour de l’île Kiji. Kiji est une île dans la partie nord du lac Onéga. C’est une véritable oasis de l’architecture en bois de la Russie du Nord. Depuis les années 1950, ce site a devenu un musée à ciel ouvert. En 1990 il était inscrit sur la liste du patrimoine mondial de l'Unesco. Le centre de cet ensemble de 89 édifices, c’est l’église de la Transfiguration aux 22 bulbes en bois argenté.

La randonnée nous permet de voir les plus beaux examples des isbas et d’autres constructions de culte et de ménage qui datent des époques différentes et qui ont été transportées sur l’île de toute la région du lac Onéga. La nature rigoureuse avec les rochers couverts de la mousse et des fleurs septentrionales créent une ambiance particulière du Nord Russe!

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