Valamo Monastery is an active centre of the Orthodox religious life and culture in Finland. Located in the beautiful surroundings of Heinävesi, the monastery welcomes visitors throughout the year. The peaceful atmosphere of the monastery and close proximity to nature offer the hurried people in the busy world of today a rare opportunity to relax − far from the bustle and noise of everyday life. All the visitors are heartily welcome!
The monastery has three churches and three chapels. The guests are welcome to visit all of them. The church buildings and their interior complement the teaching of the church in many ways: in fact, all the details you see inside a church building are meant to support the recited and sung prayer. Most of the icons and church items in the churches of the monastery come from the original location of the monastery on the Valamo (Valaam) island in Lake Ladoga. In addition to the churches, it is also possible to see church items – for example church textiles, like vestments – in the exhibitions of the monastery.
Valamo Monastery provides both hotel and B&B level peaceful accommodation for all who wish to spend a night or longer in a unique environment. All rooms are non-smoking and have either shared or private bathroom facilities. Room rates include a monastery breakfast.
The monastery has nowadays three churches and three chapels. The guests are welcome to visit all of them. The church buildings and their interior complement the teaching of the church in many ways: in fact, all the details you see inside a church building are meant to support the recited and sung prayer.
The Cafe & Restaurant Trapesa
The main meals of the day – breakfast, lunch and dinner – are available from the buffet table with a separate salad bar, which always includes the monastery’s own sauerkraut. Most of the rolls and pastries are the produce of the monastery’s own baker. The restaurant serves the monestary’s own wine, beer and spirits.
Groups and meetings
Valamo Monastery offers a peaceful and distraction-free environment for meetings, training sessions and corporate and private functions for groups of up to 300 people. Restaurant Trapesa provides a unique venue for special occasion family gatherings.
Shops and winery
The souvenir shop of is known by the name Tuohus and serves visitors daily from morning until night. The Winery offers tourists the best local wines. Wine from Valamo Monastery is a welcome memento for loved ones, an appreciated gift, and a popular way to celebrate a return home after a rewarding monastery visit.
The cultural center has exhibition halls for the permanent exhibition of the historical church items of the monastery as well as for the temporary exhibitions.
Valero Lay Academy
Valamo Lay Academy is a meeting place for education, culture and personal growth. Valamo Lay Academy offers a diverse selection of courses year round.