How to find us
If you are coming to us from outside Karelia, see How to get to Karelia.
See the train schedule here.
To get to the Kalevala village, you should take any train travelling along Oktyabrskaya railway branch in the direction of Murmansk and come to the railway station of Kem.
Right at the railway station you may find a shuttle bus or call a taxi. You can find out the schedule beforehand by calling +79214680427.
The nearest railway station is in the village of Novoe Yushkozero 115 km away from Kalevala, Kem railway station – within 180 km, Kostomuksha station – 150 km, and Loukhi station – 170 km from Kalevala.
A shuttle bus is going to Kalevala on the daily basis. You can find out the schedule by calling +7 9210175480.
From Kem to Kalevala you can get by shuttle bus or taxi. Travel time – 3 hours.
If you have decided to make a road trip in your own car, follow the highway M-18 (St. Petersburg – Murmansk) to the right turn (after the turn to Kem) onto the Route A-135 to Kalevala; after you turn off M-18 you will still have to travel 153 km westwards.
Attention: there are no service stations along the whole way from Kem to Kalevala, so make sure to stock up on petrol beforehand.
The road M-18 is in a very good condition; the road from Kem to Kalevala is paved – the average travel speed on it should be 80 km/h. The road from Kostomuksha to Kalevala is a dirt road. The average travel speed – 50 km/h. During the periods of impassability (end of April – beginning of May; October) it may be difficult to use this road.
The distances from Kalevala to the most-known Russian cities:
Moscow – Kalevala: 1600 km
St. Petersburg – Kalevala: 1000 km
Petrozavodsk – Kalevala: 550 km
The border with Finland:
Border crossing point at Suoperja-Kuusamo – 130 km
Border crossing point at Lyuttya-Vartius – 182 km.
If you have decided to come to us through Finland by means of your own car or a rented car, then travel from Kajaani in the direction of Kostomuksha and then through Voknavolok and Voynica to Kalevala. You may view the map here. You can also always ask for an advice from the Ethnocultural Centre Juminkeko-säätiö and follow the route «Ontrei Malinen’s Kantele». Here you can check out the schedule for the bus from Kajaani to Kuhmo.