you would like to visit the Viena Folklore Villages,
please contact the Juminkeko Foundation.
Address: Kontionkatu 25, 88900 KUHMO, Finland
Tel. +358-8-653 0670 Fax. +358-8-653 0673
Contacting the Foundation will provide you with more information
on the villages. During 2002, we can only serve tourists in Finnish
and Russian. However, the Cultural Centre Juminkeko is able to provide
information about Viena Karelia in a number of languages. We also
aim to provide more services during the trips in English in the
After a registration for a trip Juminkeko will forward the information
about a passenger to the Kainuu Travel Agency. The travel Agency
will then send a letter to the passanger and instructions how to
manage to obtain a visa and to pay the trip. Instruction about the
obligatory travel insurance to Russia is included as well.
A visa is necessary if you plan to visit Viena. A visa application
form will be sent to all those would like to make reservations.
You need to send us back the filled application form, your
passport ( the visa is a sticker that will be sticked on the passport
) and send along two passport photos as well. The passport
will be send back to you.
As processing applications takes time, make sure to apply for your
visa well before your trip. We recommend that you send in your completed
application at least six weeks before your trip begins.
The Arhippa Perttunen Foundation trips are designed for small groups.
The delicate natural environment of Viena and the unique cultural
and historical sites can not withstand mass tourism.
Accommodations in Viena homes.
The trips include room and board, which include meals, bedclothes
and a daily sauna. (Karelians do not use large bath towels, so,
if you feel that one is necessary, bring your own.)
Viena villages do not have modern conveniences.
We recommend that you bring comfortable and casual clothing on
the trip. Rubber boots, clothing for rain and cold may also be necessary
especially on the trip to the Paanajärvi village by boat.
Trips to Viena Folklore Villages are organised in cooperation with
the Kainuu Travel Agency.
Kainuu Travel Agency
88900 KUHMO, Finland