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Solovetsky Islands

Popular excursion programmes

History and architecture of the Solovetsky Monastery:

The Spaso-Preobrazhensky (Transfiguration) Monastery and its numerous hermitages are situated on the islands of the Solovetsky Archipelago in the White Sea. The first monks to inhabit this place were the Reverend Gherman and Savvaty, who came here in 1429. Their cause was continued by the Reverend Zosima who was the first to settle in the place of the monastery to be. The Solovki Cloister soon became the centre of missionary work and the stronghold of the Russian Orthodox Church in the northern lands, as well as the stronghold of the Russian State being a mighty fortress on the way of Swedish, Finnish and other foreign conquerors. You can see the Holy Gates, the Transfiguration Cathedral, the Assumption Church, the Annunciation Church, the Refectory Complex, cobble walls, turrets and watchtowers, the exhibitions of the museum of Gulag.

Botanical Gardens – Makarjevskaja Hermitage:

At the end of the 19th century favourable climatic and soil conditions allowed the monks to arrange botanical garden on the Islands; a great number of plants were acclimatized there, among them apple-tree (M. palassii), dwarf shadbush, Hungarian lilac, Siberian pea-tree, Japanese rose with a high content of vitamin C, etc. The bus will take you to the monuments of the Makary Pustyn (Makary’s Hermitage), you will see the trees planted during the Monastery and Camp periods on the territory of the Botanical Garden.

The small and secluded Monastery of Ascension. The Sekirnaya Hill:

The tourists will visit one of the highest points pf the Big Solovetsky Island – Sekirnaya Hill from the top of which opens an unforgettable view over the northern part of the Big Solovetsky Island and the White Sea.

«Along the green and blue roads of the Solovki»:

Visitors will learn of the hydro technical monuments and constructions of the Bolshoy (Great) Solovetsky Island during the excursion, they will oar their way along the man-made canals which connect 7 lakes.

Excursion to the Big Zayatsky Island:

A sea journey on board of a motorboat to the Big Zayatsky Island. On the Island: the biggest pagan shrine (2-1 thousand years BC), the ancient stone labyrinths, the complex of cult and burial constructions, first in Russian stone port, memorials of the Andreevsky Church.

Excursion to the Anzer:

The Island of Anzer is the second big island of the Solovetsky Archipelago. At the beginning of the 17th century Eleazar, a professed man of the Monastery, founded the first hermitage on the Anzer Island which became a place of solitude for the Monastery hermits. On the shore of the lake, at the mouth of the Troitskaya Guba (Trinity Bay) a wooden Troitskaya (Trinity) Church and several cells for monks were built. Thanks to the patronage of the Tsar family the Hermitage had been independent from the Solovetsky Monastery for a long time.Today the Island of Anzer has been returned to the Russian Orthodox Church, and the Golgotha-Crucifixion Hermitage has revived its activity. As in earlier times it has very strict regulations. The Trinity lavra of St. Sergius helps to restore the Trinity Hermitage.

Aviatours to the Solovetsky Islands from 1 day to 5 days. Regular aviatours or made by order can be offered.

We also make tours by sea from Kyem to the Solovetsky Islands.

Tourist-excursion Company «Pomor-Tour» has been operating since April 1994. Welcome of tourists in the Russian North.