Steam train - Ruskeala Express in the winter forest. Aerial view.


Karelia is a republic of Russia, an administrative unit which is similar to an oblast.  It lies to the north of St. Petersburg, south of the Murmansk Oblast which marks the country's northwesternmost extent.  One of the best ways to see this vast northern land is via the Ruskeala Express, a historical steam train which runs between the town of Sortavala in southern Karelia to the mountain park of Ruskeala, one of Karelia's top attractions.  In this drone video, you'll see the Express plowing through Karelia's snow-covered forests.

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    Mike Israel

    Mike Israel is the founder, President and CEO of AirVuz, LLC. He is an avid drone enthusiast and RC pilot. He is also an enthusiast of geography and history, and loves writing about all of the amazing places where AirVuz community members fly.

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