SAMPO STUDENTS’ TOURIST CLUB
Leader of the club, master of sports,
Honored Sportsman of the RK and RF
Yuri Stepanovich Lanyov
Lenin str., 33, room № 452
Tel.: (814-2) 711-017
Sampo Students’ Tourist Club was founded in 1964. It organizes trips on kayaks and catamarans and promotes hiking and travelling around Karelia and Russia on skies or bicycles. The members of the Club are mainly the students and the graduates of PetrSU, as well as the students of other educational institutions of Petrozavodsk. The training offered in theCclub includes theoretical classes (held once a week at the main building, room 401), training sessions (twice a week), weekend hikes and treks done to meet the requirement for conferment of sports ranks and titles. Each year the Club takes part in various city and republic competitions in sports tourism. Many members of the Club work as instructors of adventure travel, tourism teachers and employees of tourist agencies of Karelia.
Throughout its history the Club has trained 13 Masters of Sport in tourism. The members have been on the most difficult treks all over the former USSR. More than 160 groups have been in the Baikal Lake region, Kamchatka, Yakutia, Altai, the Caucasus, the Pamirs, and the Carpathians, on the Taimyr Peninsula, the Sayans and Tien Shan. Last year the members of the Club took trips to the most interesting destinations: they went hiking in the Iturup Island (the Kuril Islands), the Polar Urals, took a ski trip in the Khibiny Mountains, hiked in the Kondopozhskii District and rafted on the Loimola and the Shuya rivers.
The most challenging ski treks in the history of the Club and the university are Naryan-Mar – Arkhangelsk –Petrozavodsk (2000 km); Petrozavodsk –Murmansk; Petrozavodsk –Arkhangelsk –Syktyvkar.
The Club is headed by the Masters of Sports in tourism Yurii and Tatiana Lanev. They are the organizers and the participants of 6 Russian-Finnish ski trips. The fist one took place in 1990 and started in Petrozavodsk then followed through Sortavala to Joensuu, Varkaus and Nisalmi. Overall the participants made 400 km in Karelia and 400 km in Finland in 16 days. Several Russian-Finnish hiking, bicycle and water treks have been organized in Russia and Finland. The Club also holds international workshops on the tourism development.
The Club has excellent guides and has developed interesting routes and destinations for hiking.
The Club is highly interested in information on the work of tourist association of the Northern Europe: skiers, bicyclists, hikers and water tourists.