Ruskeala Mountain Park, Karelia, Russia (with Map & Photos)

Ruskeala Mountain Park is the main pride of Karelia (Russia). It is an amazing combination of marble mountains, turquoise lakes and lush greenery. Examining the surroundings, it is difficult to imagine that a few centuries ago this place was an ordinary adit, where they were engaged in the extraction of marble in the most difficult conditions.

Ruskeala Mountain Park Russia
Ruskeala Mountain Park Russia

Excursions and routes


For independent tourists, there are two types of routes - short and long. You can go to them alone or in a group of 5–20 people with a guide. The first will pass along the "Marble Canyon" around the quarry, the second - "The road of mining masters with a halt" and a visit to the "Italian quarry". There is also an opportunity to go along the route "Underground Ruskeala", which will take about 1 hour.

Ruskeala Mountain Park Russia
Ruskeala Mountain Park Russia

Residents of St. Petersburg and other large cities can go on a sightseeing tour of Ruskeala by purchasing a ticket from local tour operators.

Ruskeala Mountain Park Russia
Ruskeala Mountain Park Russia

All excursions in the Ruskeala mountain park differ from each other in the length of the route (from 1.3 kilometers) and the duration in time (from 1 hour).

Ruskeala Mountain Park Russia
Ruskeala Mountain Park Russia

How to get to the mountain park and Ruskeala canyon in Karelia


Ruskeala is located 32 kilometers from the town of Sortavala, near the village of the same name. Tourists come here mainly from St. Petersburg and Petrozavodsk.

Ruskeala Mountain Park Russia
Ruskeala Mountain Park Russia

From the Northern capital you can take the A 121 highway. It takes about 5 hours. Also, from Finland Station you can get by rail to Sortavala, and then by - by retro train or taxi. The city offers taxi services "Gorodskoe", "Style", "Mega", "Sortavala".

Those who prefer trips as part of excursion groups are advised to use the services of travel agencies. Bus tours to Ruskeala from St. Petersburg and are carried out regularly.

Ruskeala Mountain Park Map