Experience the amazing Valaam Archipelago beauty on this day trip by helicopter from St Petersburg. There is no faster way to get Valaam Island than by helicopter! You'll fly over one of the most beautiful cities in the world - St Petersburg also known as the "Nothern Venice". Don't miss out on the only truly speedy way to appreciate Valaam Monastery's beauty - by helicopter. Its peaceful beauty and quiet spaces for reflection have drawn visitors to its gates since it first opened to tourists. During your visit you will see the chapel of Valaam's mother of God icon, Spaso-Preobrazhensky Cathedral, Nikolsky skit founded in the XIX century and enjoy a lunch in a local dining room at the Valaam Monastery. This Monastery has been granted many rights and privileges by various emperors and priests and was once the center of power in the region, solidifying its place in history.
• 7 hours
Valaam is the largest island of Valaam Archipelago including 50 islands.Valaam is an island in the Ladoga lake. There is an oldest nothern monastery on the island, it was founded in the Xth or XIth century. The monastery was laid down in 1407 by Russian monks, but because of frequent inva-sions of the Sweden it came to complete decay by the 18th century. In 1715, when the territo-ry of Ladoga Lake was annexed by Russia as a result of the Northern War, the monastery was restored. Since 1918, when Finland got independent from Russia, the monastery was under the authority of Finnish Church, and only in 1940 it, finally, became Russian again.The central monastery ensemble is very monumental. It is located on the high hill and can be seen from many places of the island. The Cathedral of the Transfiguration of Our Savior sur-rounded by the buildings of brethren’s cells is in the center of the monastery.
• 12 hours