Сhange in the White Sea excursion logistics

Pre-conference field trip (number of participants: min - 12, max - 48) starts in Saint Petersburg, Ladozhsky Station, in the morning (9:00 a.m.) on June, 18th and ends in Petrozavodsk on June, 23rd at 2:50 p.m.

Post-conference field trip (number of participants: min - 12, max - 48) starts in Petrozavodsk on June, 27th at about 5 p.m. and ends at Kandalaksha Station on July, 1st at about 5 p.m.

Note: the scientific program of the Pre- and Post-conference field trips is the same!

Pre- and post-conference field trips will be in the Sub-Arctic zone. Air temperatures vary from +10 - +20°C (day) to +10 - + 15°C (evening). Rain and wind (even storms) on the White Sea are probable. The trip might be suspended, if weather conditions are unfavorable (wind and storm). Daylight length in June is 24 hours. Mosquitos are strongly probable: covering up and using a repellent are needed.

During the sea part of the field trip, participants will be accommodated on the board of a research vessel of the Russian Academy of Sciences for two days (one night) and will be set ashore with a boat. Life vests will be provided. Waterproof field boots or rubber boots and a wind/water-proof suit are necessary. A hat or a ski cap is essential. The meals will be provided for the participants 4 times per day on the research vessel.

During the land part of the field trip, participants will travel by bus with short walking excursions at the outcrops. Sturdy field boots are essential. The overnight accommodation will be at the Hotel "Belomorie" in Kandalaksha. Breakfast and dinner will be served in the hotel in Kandalaksha, whereas the lunch (sandwiches and fruit) will be provided in the field. Bottles of mineral water will be furnished in the bus.

«Karelika» Travel Company will provide help with the purchasing of tickets on a train (from Kandalaksha to Moscow or Saint Petersburg) or a plane (from Murmansk or Kirovsk to Moscow or Saint Petersburg). The Organizing Committee is also pleased to assist with any inquiries, concerning the travelling to/from Karelia.

Middle-conference field trips will be offered:

1. City Tour excursion (day or night). The excursion is included into the Registration Fee.

2. Geological Trip “Precambrian rocks of the Karelian Craton”. The excursion costs 50 €/person, including transport (bus) and meals. During the excursion all the participants will be able to learn more about the classical Archean greenstone complexes and Palaeoproterozoic (Jatulian) protoplatform volcanic and sedimentary rocks. The destination point is the Hirvas area, located ~ 90 km away from Petrozavodsk. Number of participants is min – 20, max – 40. Short walks at the outcrops during the excursion are planned. Estimated duration of the Geological Trip is approximately 6 – 7 hours.

3. Cultural Heritage Trip: Kizhi Open-Air Museum. The excursion costs 67 €/person, including transport (ship), guide service and entrance tickets. Number of participants is min 5. Short walks during the excursion are planned. Estimated duration of the Cultural Heritage Trip is approximately 6 – 7 hours.

4. Ethnography Trip: Vepsian Volost (https://en.wikipedia). The excursion costs 42 €/person, including transport (bus), guide service, entrance tickets, workshop and teatime. Number of participants is min – 20, max – 40. The Vepsian Volost is located ~ 80 km away from Petrozavodsk. Estimated duration of the Wildlife and Ethnography Trip is approximately 5 – 6 hours.