Bathing in Tohmayoki
On the Tohmayoki River a few kilometers from the village of Ruskeala there are three plain waterfalls. The most beautiful of them is Ahvenkoski, which in Finnish means “edge threshold”. It was there that the scene of bathing beauty Zhenya Kamelkova – heroine Olga Ostroumova was filmed.
Tohmayoki translates from Finnish as “Rabid River”. It originates in Finland, flows through the Sortavalsky District of Karelia and flows into Lake Ladoga.
Filming took place in May, when the water was still icy. According to the plot of the film, German saboteurs who had secretly infiltrated the Karelian forests attempted to cross the river to get out to the railway and blow it up. Petty officer Vaskov along with five female zenitchians tracked down the enemy. They began cutting down trees to convince the Germans that there was a large brigade of lumberjacks working in this depth, and to force the saboteurs to take a longer road. But the fascists still decided to move unnoticed across the channel, and then brave Zhenka with a cheerful cry rushed into the water, spooking scouts.
Quiet zori in Syargilakht
The ancient Karelian village of Syargilakhta is part of Essoil Rural Settlement of Pryazhyn National District of Karelia. Its name in Karelian means “bay with a roach”. This picturesque place is famous not only for the shooting of the famous military drama “And the zors here are quiet” and the film crew lived here.
Later, already in the nineties, another film was shot here, this time Finnish. The documentary “Last Karels” is dedicated to the old-timers of the village of Särgilakhta.
small village is a complex monument of architecture. It retains ancient houses, barns, baths, and in the middle of Särgilakhta stands the ancient chapel of the Savior, built in the second half of the 18th century. Now there are few permanent residents in the village, it gradually becomes a place of summer and tourist holiday.