Silence, serenity and sparkling wine at Finland’s Valamo Monastery

Thousands visit this monastery in Heinävesi, northern Finland, to experience the simple traditions followed by the monks – including their winemaking

In Finland’s North Karelia region, the eastern province that borders Russia, the Valamo Monastery and its Orthodox brotherhood, receives more than 160,000 visitors every year who come to experience an alternative way of life.

The monastery is in Heinävesi, a haven for wildlife including moose, where visitors seeking solitude can walk around the vast lake or through the dense forest with no other people in sight.

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