General information about TV production in Karelia

The Republic of Karelia on the map is between the Baltic and the White Seas. It has quite an extended territory – around two thirds of the size of UK. You will probably have to google the distance to a certain location. Although, Karelia’s capital, the city of Petrozavodsk, is 50 min flight from St. Petersburg, and 1h 20 min flight from Moscow.

There are a lot of sites worth filming in Karelia. For example here you will find prehistoric petroglyphs, pagan shrines, medieval temples and monasteries, wooden architecture, castles and ruined military fortifications left after the II World War.

Karelian nature is no less remarkable. Karelia’s dense forests cover almost all of the republic’s territory. There are also many lakes with islands and skerries that make up incredible views. The locals are proud of their nature and protect it by taking care of Karelia’s nature reserves and national parks.

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Key locations for filming
in Karelia

Our fixers can help you in getting the permits for filming the following locations:

  • 10,7m Kivach waterfall in the Kivach Nature Reserve
  • The Saami settlements, and hunting grounds in the Kalevala Park (also perfect for filming small peoples of Russian North traditional activities)
  • The Vodlozersky National Park you can film archaeological monuments from Mesolithic and Neolithic eras. Also in this park you can find some examples of northern wooden architecture and the Kozheozersky convent.
Among the Karelian forests, you can film the abandoned village of Pegrema. It is located on the banks of the Onega lake. Once there were several wooden peasant houses and a wooden chapel built in the XVIII c. by Varlaam Hutynsky, a Russian religious leader and saint. The hipped roof of the chapel rises lonely above the trees and reflects in the lake’s water.
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FilmSPbTV can provide you permits for filming in the Valaam Monastery. For filming there you will need travelling to the Valaam island in the Ladoga lake. Valaam monastery is famous for its numerous sketes where the monks are living. The monastic community forms the main part of the island’s population these days. The white-stoned hipped-roof All Saints and the Nikolsky sketes represent the characteristic northern architectural manner. But two of the sketes are regular log houses – the Konevsky skete and the St. Elijah skete.

On the Valaam island, you can film the main Cathedral of the complex, the Transfiguration Cathedral. It was built in the XIX c., abandoned during the early Soviet times and then beautifully restored. The temple has rich decorations from the inside and outside, and can berightfully called the real pearl of Valaam.

The monastery is a very important Orthodox religious centre. Thus for filming there a premit (blessing) fro, the church authorities is required.

In the 1920-1930s, a defensive fortification line against the Soviet Union was built by Finland. It has the name ‘the Mannerheim line’. On the Valaam archipelago some of the line’s ammunition warehouses and earth-and-timber emplacements were abandoned in the woods. For example till today several bunkers and pillboxes lie on and under the ground covered with moss. Those artifacts resemble an open-air museum: nobody cares for them. Although they have witnessed how an Empire was built and later how it collapsed. Our local fixers can help you in finding and filming some of the Mannerheim line’s sites.
The open-air Kizhi Museum consists of 89 monuments of Russian northern wooden architecture. It includes churches, peasant’s izbas, saunas, forges, mills, granaries, drying houses, and stables among them. The Kizhi Museum-Reserve shows vividly the life of a Karelian peasant.

The Konevsky Monastery on the Konevets island. Founded in the XIV c., the Konevsky Monastery was very popular among the Russian nobility. Here you can film the architectural ensemble of the monastery and in addition the ancient pagan sanctuary – the Kon’-Stone (or ‘Horse-Stone’)

History of Karelia

The Karelia region is a land of ancient forests, pristine lakes, and rugged wilderness located in northern Russia. The region has a rich and fascinating history that spans back thousands of years. Archaeological evidence suggests that the area was inhabited by ancient people as far back as the Stone Age.

During the Middle Ages, the Karelian people, who are closely related to the Finns, established their own independent kingdom, which was eventually conquered by Sweden in the 17th century. In the 20th century, Karelia became part of the Soviet Union and was used for industrial purposes, including mining and logging.

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Today, Karelia is a popular destination for tourists who come to explore its natural beauty, rich history, and cultural heritage. The region is home to several UNESCO World Heritage sites, including the Kizhi Pogost, a collection of historic wooden churches and chapels. Karelia’s unique blend of natural beauty and rich history continues to attract visitors from all over the world.
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Building up a TV production in Karelia

FilmspbTV is a top-tier production company that offers exceptional production services in Karelia. We provide location scouting, getting filming permits, and equipment rental services to ensure that your production runs smoothly and efficiently. However, due to the remote nature of the region, it’s impossible to find filming equipment locally. Therefore, we bring all the necessary equipment from St Petersburg to ensure that your production has access to the best equipment available. Our team of experts has extensive knowledge of the region and can help you find the perfect location for your shoot, whether you’re looking for stunning lakes, dense forests, or picturesque villages. We take pride in delivering exceptional results that meet your specific needs and requirements, ensuring that your production is a success.
You can find the information about visas and customs procedures required for filming in Russia here.