Solovki - how to get there?
Solovki Monastery is located on the same nameislands located in the White Sea. Information on how to get to Solovki is very small. In general, the best time of the year to visit Solovki is the spring-summer period, as the nature of Karelia at this time is more good-natured towards people, and it is easier to get there. In the winter, you can get to the island only by air from Arkhangelsk. The plane is an expensive pleasure, let's say right away.
In spring and summer, you can use the services ofsea transport (from Arkhangelsk or from Kemi). Both cities can be easily reached by train. In summer, White Nights reign in Karelia, so you can even explore the surroundings and sights at night. But let's be honest to the end - Arkhangelsk and Kem are not resort towns and there's nothing to look at there, in principle.
The port of Arkhangelsk is located in the city itself,so there are no problems. But in Kemi there is no port, it is located 7-12 kilometers from the city in the village of Rabocheostrovsk. There you can get on a public bus from Kemi, or use the services of local taxi drivers (prices are very democratic, and bargaining is appropriate).
It remains to understand part of the routeRabocheostrovsk - Solovki. How to get to the island? Once a day, Vasily Kosyakov, a ship with a capacity of about 170 people, walks there. The same day the ship returns. Travel time is about 2.5 hours. Tickets are purchased in the hotel building, located directly in the port of Rabocheostrovsk.
There is a cafe in Rabocheyeostrovsk, if you are lucky, you can try the local porridge or pancakes, if you are less lucky, you will get sandwiches so that you do not need to take some food with you.
In addition to the ship TX Vasily Kosyakov there are other ships and boats, but they should not be counted on especially. They have their own schedule, you can see it at the pier.
Upon arrival to the island, you can rent theretransport. At the guests' disposal are always bicycles, scooters and cars (UAZ). The island is small (about 20x30 km), most of it is impassable, so it's easier to do without transport. Own transport to the island is very expensive.
On the island are hotel shuttles and monastery buses. On the island there is a mobile connection - megaphone and MTS. Part of the island is a reserve - it does not get there.