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How to get there?
Travelers from St.-Petersburg can reach the Park by the road running along the western shoreline of the Lake to Lahdenpohja town (250 km). From Petrozavodsk, visitors go first to Pitkäranta town (190 km), then to Sortavala town (60 km). A good highway running via the Värtsilä cross-border checkpoint, connects these towns. A waterway route usually passes through the ports of small towns located on the northern shore of the Lake.

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Brief historic reference
Once tall mountains stood on the site of the modern Ladoga hills. Over time, they were flattened by glaciers and very few of them preserved their contours. Later, the earth's crust split and a fissure several hundred metres deep formed - the basin of Lake Ladoga. This is how the largest lake in Europe appeared
Man settled in this area soon after the retreat of the glacier.

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Fishermen and hunters were the first, as elsewhere in the north. Then, eight thousand years ago, Lake Ladoga did not exist and practically the whole territory of Karelia was under water. Only five thousand years ago Ladoga was separated from the World Ocean and seals living in Ladoga could not meet their marine relatives any longer. Initially, a river flowing out of the Lake brought its water to the head of modern Vyborg Bay, but for the last three thousand years the Lake has taken surpluses of water through the Neva River to the Baltic Sea. A slow raising of the earth's surface lifted the water level of the Lake by 4,8 m.
At the moment, the islands of the Ladoga Skerries Park are deserted but for cottages on Riekkalansaari Island. The Park hosts historic Sites: druggist Jääskeläinen's villa on the shore of Kirjavalahti Bay, and Dr. Winter's villa on Taruniemi Cape (architect Eliel Saarinen). Here, old place-names, overgrown farmland and ruins of settlements have survived. The forest is dense and exuberant with deciduous trees here. This is a result of the overgrowing meadows and farmland deserted in the 1940s.

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