How to come to the ski ultra-marathon “Karelian hundred”
Race “Karelian hundred” is held in Russia, in the Republic of Karelia, in the township Kalevala.
Address of Registration: hotel “WelT”, Republic of Karelia, township Kalevala, Sovetskaya street, house № 28A.
Accommodation: hotel “WelT” and tourist base “WelT”.
Place of Start: hotel ‘WelT’.
If you come from Northern Europe it’s better to come from Finland.
If you drive your car – use the following information.
The closest to Kalevala crossing-border points are in the northern part of Finland.
- Area of the city Kuusamo.
From Kuusamo to the border it’s at about 50 km. The turn from the main road is marked Paajarvi RUS. The Finnish point of crossing is called Kortesalmi.
Working hours of the border are from 08:00 to 20:00 (Finnish time). The time can be changed so please be attentive!
There are practically no queues at the crossing point.
Further, you have to go at about 50 km till Paajarvi. Here you can use Russian mobile operators Megafon and MTS. After Paajarvi 8 km you have to go till the village Tungozero. Just before the village you must turn right and go round the village. Attention! There is no road sign. Right near the last house in the village Tungozero you will see the wide road at the right hand. Turn on 90 degrees. Till the Kalevala you have to go 72 km. Be careful! A lot of tight turnings with descents. It’s necessary to pay attention to restrictions of speed before abrupt turns. On this stretch of road mobile works only 14 km from the Kalevala. Be careful – it’s Russian road. It is a lot of holes. Road without an asphalt covering.
After crossing the border in Russia the first motorway filling station is in the 5 km from the border. Working hours coincide with the working hours of the border. The second gas station is in the village Paajarvi. Working hours are: 08:00 – 21:00. Motorway filling station in Kalevala works twenty-four-hour.
After crossing the border in Russia the first motorway filling station is in the 8 km from the border. Working hours coincide with the working hours of the border. The second gas station is in the village Paajarvi. Working hours are: 08:00 – 21:00. Two motorway filling stations in Kalevala work twenty-four-hour.
- Area of the city Kuhmo.
From Kuhmo till the border there are at least 100 km. The Finnish crossing point is called Vartius. The closest Russian city – Kostomuksha (Kostomus). Working hours of the border are from 08:00 to 20:00 (Finnish time). The time can be changes so please be attentive! At the crossing point there are long queues. Please, always have 1.5 – 2 hours free.
Further, you have to go at about 35 km till Kostomuksha. Here you can use Russian mobile operators Megafon and MTS. A lot of filling stations.
From Kostomuksha you need to depart in direction of the village Voknavolok. If you go from the border and you do not want to go through Kostomuksha, then at the traffic light you need to turn to the left. After 10 km along the main road you will see a sign “Kalevala 145 km”. On the way to Kalevala you will pass Voknavolok (good mobile communication). Then, about 30 km to the village Voinitsa. Be careful! A lot of tight turnings with descents. On this road trucks carry heavy trees. In the village Voinitsa mobile communication does not work. Leaving the village Voinitsa you will see the last house. This is a roadside cafe. After a less than 100 meters there will be a sharp turn to the right. This is the road to Kalevala. There is a road sign “52 km till Kalevala”. Mobile communication works just 15 km from the Kalevala.
You have entered to Kalevala. It does not matter through which checkpoint. Follow the main road for less than 2 km. There will be a crossroad. The main road curves to the left. You stay on it. Than pass less than 1 km. Right along the road there are three three-story house made of grey brick. Between the second and third house, turn right into the yards of these houses. You will see a 2-storey hotel “Welt”. It is located on the shore of the lake. Go to the reception. Here you will be registered as a participant or a fan.
If you can’t come to Kalevala on your own car please write to organizers at firstname.lastname@example.org . Organizers will help you to have a transfer from the Finland. You can ask in English or Finnish languages.
Have a good road!