Can anybody advise what there is to do in Sortavala ?
I'm aware of boat trips to Valaam, but what else is there to do or see ????
can anybody tell me the price of the hydrofoil from Sortavala to Valaam ?
How long is the journey and do i need to book it in advance ?
I am visiting Sortavala in July this year and hopefully staying with a friend.
On my visa application i must state where i am staying.
Once in Sortavala where should i go to register my visit?
If i stay at a hotel they normally do this for me so this is something i have not had to do before.
Alternatively i could stay in a hotel for 1 or 2 nights and get registered and then stay with my friends ?
Can anybody advse if there is a bus or coach service from St.Petersburg to Sortavala. I have already checked out the train services and these run not so often, so info on bus or coach services would be very welcome :)
I would be grateful if anyone can advise me.
I wish to travel to the Sortovala area (my mother was evacuated from this region in 1940 & 1944 - Laskela & Harlu to Finland).
I will be travelling from the UK (Manchester) & would like to see some other parts of Russia - maybe St Petersburg.
What would be the best way to do this? Travel from Helsinki to St Petersberg to Sortovala?
or from Estonia? or Russia (need to take cheap flight)
Best method of transport? Train? Hire a car?
Best way to find accommodfation?
Best time of year to travel?
How to keep it cheap?
Things to see?
How safe is it?
Any advice on visas/ money?
I would be grateful for any help as I have only just began to explore this idea & am finding it difficult to find information.