Veshkelitsa is an old, truly Karelian village first mentioned in the 15 th century.It is situated upon picturesque hills surrounded by seven small lakes. Many visitors call Veshkelitsa the Karelian Venice. One of the largest lakes in Karelia, Lake Syamozero, is located 12 km from Veshkelitsa. Southwest of the village flows one of the large rivers of Karelia, the Shuya River. The advantageous geographical location of the village, its distinctive character, cultural heritage, and architectural traditions attract tourists from all over Russia and the nearest coastal region as well as from neighbouring Finland. Only about 600 people live in the village. 65% of them are indigenous inhabitants who speak the Karelian language.
You can reach Veshkelitsa by various means of transportation: car, bus, or train.
The easiest way to reach Veshkelitsa is by automobile.
The railway is located approximately 5 km from the village, and there is no regular connection between the railway station and the settlement.
If you travel to Karelia from Finland by means of your own car, then the best place to cross the border is through the checkpoint Vyartsilya/Niirala.From the border, travel along Federal Route A130 until you reach the road branching off to Pitkyaranta.From there, drive along Route A131 to Suoyarvi.From Suoyarvi, turn onto Route A133 and follow it until you reach Veshkelitsa.
Take Route A133 from Petrozavodsk (Petrozavodsk — Suoyarvi) to the village of Veshkelitsa. Don’t forget to fill the fuel tank! The nearest petrol station on the road from Petrozavodsk to Veshkelitsa is in the village of Essoila, 71 km from Petrozavodsk.
The bus station is located near the railway station on Ul. Chapaeva 3. Buses and shuttles heading towards Suoyarvi leave on an hourly basis every day.
You can take any bus heading in this direction and travel to the village of Veshkelitsa. You can hear the schedule by calling: +7 (8142) 722 013 or +7 (8142) 004.
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Many convenient trains are available from Moscow or St. Petersburg to Petrozavodsk. Most departures have been scheduled in the evening hours. Arrival in Petrozavodsk is usually by morning. Here you can find more information about the train schedule: http://pass.rzd.ru/.
Three times a week (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday) train Nr. 628 Petrozavodsk — Kostomuksha departs from the Petrozavodsk train station. The departure times of the train change depending on the summer or winter schedule. Travel by train to Zastava station. The train stops for 1 minute only. This station is located 5 km from the village. Unfortunately, there is no transportation from the train station to the village. If you have packed lightly and are in a good physical shape, you might enjoy a late evening walk. In the summer you might discover a whole new world of white nights.
But maybe you will be lucky and catch a ride to the village!
Mileage chart of motorways from Veshkelitsa and the main points of departure.