Across Russia there are thousands of villages where the main construction material is still wood, not surprising for a country that has a quarter of the world’s trees and whose forest cover is larger than the entire continental USA. Many of the houses and churches in these villages are built in the traditional Russian style, using logs instead of planks, no nails, and moss for insulation. The oldest surviving log churches in the country are from the 15th century and are still in use in remote villages hidden away in the taiga forest where people continue to build in this style today.

Log church in Shchelyeyki, Leningradskaya Oblast, Russia

Log church in Shchelyeyki, Leningradskaya Oblast, Russia

The very best areas of Russia, where almost every village has dozens of examples of traditional log architecture, are actual sub-Arctic: Karelia and Arkhangelskaya Oblast.

In the Arctic, the best area to see log architecture is on the Kola Peninsula.

We offer one trip that takes guests through both Kola Peninsula and Karelia before heading further south in Russia. Please click the blue link for itinerary and prices.

We offer another trip that takes guests through Karelia and Arkhangelskaya Oblast, before heading further north to the Yamal Peninsula in Arctic Siberia. Please click the blue link for prices and itinerary.