Comparison of Karelia with Finland will seem strange to someone. “Everything is different there!” Some travelers will indignantly remark, meaning by the word “there”, of course, the country of Suomi. The “subtleties” of unusual comparisons are not afraid, especially since both regions are perfectly decomposed into components, by the sum of which one can impartially judge where the rest will be cheaper and better.
At this point, Karelia is a little more attractive than Suomi: you do not need to apply for a visa and cross the border. Direct flights of Pobeda to Petrozavodsk from Vnukovo in Moscow fly almost every day. In the sky from 1.5 hours, tickets – from 3500 RUB. The prices on the page are for August 2022
There are direct buses to Helsinki from St. Petersburg, the journey takes 7.5–9.5 hours, tickets cost an average of 6100 RUB. Also from Moscow and St. Petersburg to Finland can be reached by private car. But from Moscow it is at least 12 hours and hassle with the loss of time and a possible U-turn at the border.
Karelia — Finland — 1:0
Choice of accommodation options in both regions per level. Hostels, guest houses on the banks of rivers and lakes, hotels and campsites are everywhere. Except that in terms of campsite equipment, the Finns are more organized, and in Karelia people simply come with tents and settle down as they want. As for hotels, in Helsinki within 2 km from the center you can rent a room with breakfast for 5000 RUB, in Rovaniemi – from 7000 RUB. In Petrozavodsk they charge an average of 3,500 RUB for a three-ruble note near the center, in Sortavala – from 6,500 RUB. Conditions everywhere are rather spartan than conducive to hedonism. At the same time, the Finns lure with saunas, and ours with baths.
Karelia — Finland — 2:1
Neither Karelia nor Finland are among the famous beach destinations. However, both there and there there are good beaches. In Karelia, they are on the Onega, Borisov lakes, in the Motornaya Bay on Ladoga, on the Volnenyarvi, Lososinnoye and other lakes. The areas are predominantly sandy or grassy, often without changing rooms or even trash cans. The water is cool: the lakes are deep, warming up for a long time.
In Finland, there are sandy beaches in Helsinki, in the resorts of Yyuteri, Seurasaari, around the city of Hanko, the Kaivopuisto region, etc. All these are different parts of the Baltic Sea, so the water here cannot be called warm either. But Finnish beaches have a significant plus: they are great for surfing.
Karelia — Finland — 2:3
Entertainment and Attractions
Natural wealth is not even worth comparing: both regions are famous for their amazingly beautiful lakes, waterfalls, nature reserves, places where you can pick mushrooms and berries, fish or watch the life of birds and animals. From the unique in Karelia – the Kizhi Museum-Reserve, Valaam Island, Ruskeala Marble Canyon, where concerts and light shows are held. Chips of Finland – Santa Park in the capital of Lapland Rovaniemi and architectural masterpieces of Helsinki – from the Cathedral of St. Nicholas and the buildings of art museums to the monument to the musician Jean Sibelius and the church in the rock. And Suomi is also water parks, the Linnanmäki amusement park, the Moomin Museum in Tampere, popular ski resorts and museums of different directions: history, design, aeronautics, espionage, beer and even refrigerators.
Karelia — Finland — 2:4
Since everything in Finland is in euros, prices are significantly higher there. Dinner in a restaurant for two costs from 5500 RUB, in Petrozavodsk you can meet 3000 RUB without alcohol. Bus fare is 173 RUB in Helsinki versus 40 RUB in the capital of Karelia. Taxi around the city in Finland – about 1100 RUB, in Karelia – about 300 RUB. Tours to Petrozavodsk for 3 days cost from 15,000 RUB. But in Finland there will be no such prices, besides, now all programs are on request and without guarantees that everything will go smoothly.