Level : Easy
Kem – Rabocheostrovsk – Solovetsky – Sekirnaya mountain – Savvatiyevskaya Hermitage – Novososnovoye – Bolshaya Muksalma – Pechug promontory – Bolshoi Zayatsky island – Solovetsky - Kem
Solovetsky islands are part of Russia’s culture, faith, history and grief. There used to be a Russian Orthodox monastery behind the walls of a mediaeval fortress. In the early 1920s Bolsheviks made this holy place into a prison, a detention camp. Today monks have returned to the ancient cloister. There they are resurrecting both the monastery and the churches or monastic cells scattered over all islands. Hidden by northern woods, they stand there like small beacons for our lives, on the shores of small lakes and ponds connected by ancient canals.
We shall take a 6-day-long hike around Solovki surrounded by the expanses of the White Sea. In the first days we shall cover 85 kilometers of the circular route around the Bolshoi Solovetsky island. We shall reach the Sekirnaya (Poleax) mountain starting from the monastery and visit Rebolda village as well as Bolshaya Muksalma island. On the last day we shall get to Bolshoi Zayatsky island in order to see famous “Babylons” which have remained there from the times when Saami people inhabited these parts.
Price per person: 21 500 RUB
Minors (under 18 years of age) get a 15% discount only if they take the trip with a parent.
Group consists of 4-8 people
Lenth: 90 km
Initial meeting place: city of Kem
After the group meets at Kem, we shall visit the movie set of Island, the film by Pavel Lungin.
Transfer to Solovki shall take 2 hours, and then we shall visit the Kremlin and set up our camp on the shore.
We shall visit the Botanical Garden where the monks planted many sorts of various trees.
On the Sekirnaya hill, the highest elevation on the island, we shall see a unique church which also serves as a beacon.
Hiking past Sosnovaya bay, we shall turn south. Our path leads us past many lakes on the island. In the evening we shall set up our camp on the sea shore of the Dolgaya bay.
Walking on the dike we shall reach Bolshaya Muksalma island. Later on, 15 more kilometers along the coast to the southern extremity of the Bolshoi Solovetsky island.
We shall get to the island’s southern-most promontory called Pechug. From here we shall turn towards the labyrinths (also known as “Babylons”) and to the Peregovornyi boulder.
We shall get on an excursion to Bolshoi Zayatsky island where we shall see ancient labyrinths and dolmens which the Saami people have created.
* Trek program can be changed due the weather conditions, physical conditions of participants, other reasons