38 Unforgettable Vacation In Karelia

Unforgettable Vacation In Karelia

Posted on January 13, 2011 by team

This 20 days vacation you’ve probably never dreamed of. Unforgettable experience in the Karelian forests.

The plans are really impressive – to hunt, fish and even build a new hut. All things (as a whole of 150 kg) are gathered – food, tools, a boat, netting and traps.

The first night by the bank of the river.

Inflated boat doesn’t exactly fit in.

This boat called “Nalim” is 4.4 m long and weights only 9.5 kg.

Though this small bay isn’t frozen, the whole river is. Just a moment before putting off.

The first problem – how to reach the bank?

Attempt to make the boat drifting of the ice.

Madly flailing oars helps to make a narrow water lane.

The ice near the bank turned out to be much more harder. To leave the boat will not solve the problem, because the ice can’t hold the weight of a man.


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38 Responses to “Unforgettable Vacation In Karelia”

  1. Kashtan says:

    Yeah! Real man holidays!

  2. Musa says:

    Damn, they were just getting started. I want to see more of these men in the wild of Karelia. This is a very impressive post, thank you for sharing these photographs and story.

  3. Scandinavian says:

    Return Karelia to the rightful – Finland!

  4. Anadyr express says:

    Competition for Bear Grylls!

  5. Bobble Hat says:

    Very impressive expedition. That is real, hardcore camping, for sure! Great set of photos, very interesting and enjoyable.

  6. setä suomi says:

    Yes, the Karelia which was stolen from Finland by the Soviet Union. Return it!

    • Chris says:

      Russia, return Karelia?

      ha ha ha ha ha!!!!

      You Finns better worry about reproducing before demanding more land.

      • Stefan says:

        Well my friend our two peoples are in the same situation as finns are, so we shouldnt be talking things like that to them. As for returning Karelia, that is just their dream.

  7. George Johnson says:

    I was getting into it, I love that kind of stuff. But you just left it. What was the purpose of the mud hut? Housing for bears or something? Did they move into it what?

  8. testicules says:

    I noticed the dog wasn’t in the last couple pics. Did they eat him?

  9. Andrew says:


  10. haath says:

    Killers of the animals!

    • Chris says:

      It may be wrong to kill animals in YOUR WORLDVIEW, but not in the worldviews of most people.

      If YOUR worldview is correct then indeed it is wrong to kill animals, but you will have to provide evidence that your worldview is the correct one, the one worldview that accurately represents reality.

  11. Mike from Canada says:

    Fresh air and hard work. If a person did this every day they would live to be 100+ Fantastic pictures. Felt like I was there myself.

  12. don says:

    Vonderfull real manly holidays! And independence for Respublik of Kareliya!
    Pax et Bonum


    Please send me informations about the stove.
    e-mail:[email protected]
    It is all about survivaling.

  14. Rem says:

    Great adventure!

  15. Barrie says:

    Can you chaps give us a google map link so we can see where you are.

  16. Mizz... (A) says:

    Cool, i allways wonted to do something similar if possible!

    I was involved in the process of making some similar axes for export to Russia when i worked as a local blacksmiths aprentice long time ago, they are normally wery good quality and well designed tools, but the metal often act strange in cold climat.

  17. Chris says:

    I looooooooooove it!!!!

    And the food, the FOOOOOD!!!!

  18. DouglasUrantia says:

    Nice but I prefer hiking and camping at the Biltmore Hotel.

  19. Mahmoud A., Persian says:

    Thank you for this interesting intelligence on activities of Russians in Karelia.

    What appears to the average civilian as nothing more than two men on a camping expedition, possibly passing themselves off as two homosexuals engaged in secret love affair away from the office, is really a clever disguise.

    These men are actually Russian commandos on a scouting mission along the Finnish border. They are gathering information on waterways and paths through the forest through which Russian forces may drive tanks and trucks. If you look closely at the book one commando is reading on his plank bed, you will probably find detailed sketches of the geography.

    As an experienced analyst of such intelligence, I can see that this is evidence of Russian preparations for war against Finland. Fortunately for third-party observers, the Finns are the only Scandinavian people who actually fought in World War II, and will probably put up much more resistance to the Russians than the drunken Georgians did a few years ago. They should give us quite a show.

    Still, if I was holding much Nokia stock, I would sell it soon.

    Mahmoud A.
    Editor, Persian Journal of Intelligence Analysis

    P.S. The dog was probably beaten to death for defecating on the plank bed after eating birthday delicacies.

    • Mahmoud A. says:

      I can see that you are Canadian – a nation of people who spend much of their time “explaining” why they don’t have be as strong as the USA – so understandably you have a low self-esteem and need to lash out at others, including my mother. Why don’t you go to Tim Horton’s and enjoy a sweet roll and try to relax?

  20. Nick says:

    Excellent proper holiday real gritty man stuff well done

  21. Ionut says:

    They built the little house and they leaved? What’s the catch? Or is only for the hunt not hunters.

  22. Bo Davis says:

    Looks like a fun vacation. What is the purpose of the Mud Hut?

  23. ahm says:

    looks like a great vacation! bo davis: so that they have something to do there instead of just sitting around. Also it could be used in the future by themselves/someone.

  24. Jack says:

    wow the hole dug must of not been frozen yet.

    Jack frost! is hard to dig….

  25. OLUT says:

    As much as I wish Finnish Karelia returned to Finland. I believe this was the part of Karelia that was never part of Finland in the first place.

    • OLUT says:

      People are posting as me, using my username now??? I didn’t write that! I do wish our beautiful Finnish towns and land would be returned, however.

  26. Mail says:

    I from Karelia. It’s really nice!!!

  27. larry Rains says:

    please tell where i can get a knife like yours. txs larry

  28. Larry Rains says:

    where can I get a knife like your’s?
    txs Larry

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