Last midnight we entered the island of Valamo in the northern Lake Ladoga. It was magical to enter the little fjord with the two monestary churches as a background. The Valamo monestary, a World Heritage Site, is almost 1000 years old, was captured and destroyed by the Swedes a few times, and used to belong to Finland, Sovjetunion and now Russia. We had a visit by a monk/priest as well. We got a very good tour by the russian guide Elena. Another day here and then off to River Svir.