Solovetsky Islands is a group of islands in the White Sea in Arkhangelsk. It is a true pearl of Russian north.
The easiest ways to reach the Solovetsky islands are either by plane from Archangelsk or by boat from Rabocheostrovsk, which is about 10km from the town of Kem (Saint Petersburg Murmansk line). Boat leaves once a day at 8am.
Mystical home of monasteries and chapels, priests and holy fools, Solovetsky symbolises Russia's spiritual past. Memories of Stalin's infamous GULAG camps speak of darker times.
Solovetsky Monastery. UNESCO World Heritage list masterpiece of architecture. Building started in 15th. C. Monastery closed in 1920's becoming a detention centre. See Holy Gates, Transfiguration Cathedral, Assumption Church, Nikolskaya Church, Annunciation Church and Refectory Complex.
Sekirnaya Hill & Church of the Ascension
Botanical Gardens & Makaryevskaya Hermitage
Beware of midges & mosquitoes in the summer !