The 22-domed Church of the Transfiguration is the pinnacle of Russian wooden architecture. No wonder the Kizhi pogost became one of the first three UNESCO monuments in Russia together with the Moscow Kremlin and the historic center of St. Petersburg. According to the legend, the church was built by master Nestor, who, upon completion, threw his axe in the lake and said: “There has never been one like it, and there will never be another”.
Farmers of the Kizhi area were special people. The northern climate, the capricious Onega, and the absence of serfdom forged a character that combined loyalty to tradition and enterprise, severity and irony, firmness and willingness to help one's neighbor. Farmhouses designed for long winters amaze with their size, strength, clever detailing, variety and richness of decoration.
In the hospitable house of farmer Beryozkina, guests can taste traditional cuisine of the peoples of Karelia and, if they wish, they can learn how to cook dishes according to old recipes. Local pies called “sultchini”, “pryazhentsi”, and “keitinpiiraat” will appeal to guests from all continents. Some dishes can be enjoyed only on Kizhi Island.
Enjoy your trip across ice-covered Lake Onega, the second largest lake in Europe, by a comfortable hovercraft. The mirage-like domes of the Transfiguration Church, one of the most beautiful churches on earth, will welcome you in the end of your journey.
Enjoy the company of these feathered beauties! The most friendly and playful Blue Tits are waiting for you at the walls of the Kizhi pogost. Bring some cereals and seeds with you.
Enjoy unspoiled nature and the scent of freedom! The Kizhi air calms down and satiates. The island is beautiful in any weather!
Duration: from 1 hour 30 minutes to 4 hours 30 minutes (depending on the ice situation in Lake Onega)
A hovercraft transfer to Kizhi is provided directly from Petrozavodsk (ice situation permitting). Until the lake freezes guests can get to the island via the Velikaya Guba settlement by bus with a visit to the largest shungite deposit and the unique healing spring “Tsaritsyn Klyuch”.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Excursion program includes a visit of the Kizhi Architectural Ensemble inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List and a walk around a Zaonezhie village. Guests will see the oldest wooden church in Russia and a farmstead and get acquainted with the everyday life of inhabitants of Zaonezhie.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Guests will visit a farmer dwelling, taste aromatic tea from samovar and traditional dishes, and participate in one of the theme programs dedicated to the peasant way of life and crafts, ice fishing or festive events.
Visiting Kizhi Island during the New Year holidays is a great start to the year. A special New Year's program is made in the best traditions of the Kizhi museum with the cordiality and hospitality of Zaonezhie people!
Bathe in the Kizhi consecrated ice hole on the day of Epiphany and become a member of a special excursion program.
Especially for men and not only! Demonstration of Zaonezhie winter fishing techniques guarantees excitement and vivid impressions!
01.03 – 06.03.2022
Lively tunes, playful games, round dances, and, of course, Kizhi pancakes are waiting for you on Kizhi Island in the Pancake Week.
A visit to Kizhi Island in early March will be a great gift for ladies and participation in a workshop on traditional female crafts will please all women.
After a tour guided by Marina you will fall in love with Kizhi Island forever. "The best guide in Russia" according to the Russian Geographical Society. Marina will tell you many amazing stories and interesting details.
The chef of the Kizhi cuisine Anna will treat you to a healthy herbal tea with national pastries and teach you how to roll out the thinnest dough to make local pies called “kalitka” “sultchini”, “pryazhentsi”, and “keitinpiiraat”.
You will sing and dance to the sounds of Zaonezhie melodies. Natalia will take you into the world of local music and tell a surprising story about Kizhi customs and rituals.
Needlework can become your favorite pastime after visiting Marina’s workshop, because every woman can create beauty and coziness.
Next to Sergey, the master of blacksmithing, you will feel how his love for the work and the island of Kizhi makes the metal melt in his hands.
Visit a unique UNESCO site
You are welcome all year round
Feel the atmosphere of old time
Interesting for both children and adults
World Famous Site
Kizhi is a place of harmony and pieceBook tickets online →
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In the summer season: by daily hydrofoil, 1 hour 15 minutes one way or by motor boat from Petrozavodsk, the village of Oyatevshchina or the Velikay Guba settlement
In the winter season: by hovercraft from Petrozavodsk, the village of Oyatevshchina or the Velikaya Guba settlement
Off-season: by helicopter
From Moscow – 1025 km
From St. Petersburg – 429 km
Moscow - Petrozavodsk – from 12 hours
St. Petersburg - Petrozavodsk – from 5 hours
Moscow - Petrozavodsk – 1.5 hours