Walking on the island of Kizhi / Kishi / Kischi is really very easy and even possible for wheel-chairs without an attendant needed to help you. Of course you will not be able to enter most of the buildings, except the farmhouse that is shown during the tour right after the 2 large churches, because that farmhouse has an entrance for hay-wagons in its backyards, where a wheelchair can easily roll over a ramp into the stables and finally also into the living-quaters of that interesting farmhouse (see my 1st photo)
The only way to get to Kizhi is by ship from Petrozavodsk and it is also one of the places that almost every hotelship will take you to, when you are cruising between Moscow and St.Petersburg. The openair museum is in walkingdistance from the ship and we had about 2 hours in Kizhi, 1 hour was a guided tour and then we had some time to explore and to do some shopping.
Unfortunately you need a lot more time to see all of the island.
My ship was the "M/V Princess Arabella" , the smallest ship of the russian fleet and the only one to be able to go to through the Belomorsk Canal to the Solovietsky Islands.
Such cruises have to be booked from abroad, as the ships are chartered to travelagencies from all places of the world and you will hardly ever be able to book such a tour on a hotelship in a travelagency in Russia. My ship had only german-speaking passengers onboard, other ships are chartered only to englishspeaking.
What you can see in my 4th pic is an ordinary sight in Russian rivers: there is 1 landing-stage and that is shared by all ships that are docking there and you have to walk through other ships in order to get back to your own ship.
Kizhi can be reached by hydrofoil from Petrozavodsk (75-minute ride). If you are not part of a group or organized tour, you must purchase your round-trip ticket in advance at the Petrozavodsk ferry terminal at the end of Prospekt Marksa, along the waterfront. Each ticket has an assigned seat number on the ferry.
Because schedules tend to vary, it can be wise to go to the ferry terminal the day before you go to Kizhi to check out the departure and return times. There are generally three departures (and return trips) each day during the summer months, but these can go down to two or even just one in May/early June and late September/October.
Being an island, Kizhi is best reached by boat (charter boat or cruise boat) or hydrofoil service from Petrozavodsk (1 h. 15 min. ride, summer only). Alternatively it should be possibly to reach it by helicopter, too - again from Petrozavodsk, in about 25 minutes.
Kizhi is an island, remember my telling you so? So taking the boat is the most natural thing to do. Beware, though, the exercise is not as simple as it might seem.
First, the number of boats is limited. There are those leaving at 9 AM, at noon, 12.30, 13.00, and 18.00. Hiring a private boat is next to impossible. Tickets must be booked well in advance. Something we did not do.
The solution is this: you just go to the captain and ask him to take you. We went in this way (and another 20 people with us).
You just pay the sum (10 USD) there and back. You cannot go just way. And, besides that, you must remember that you can go there by boat in summer.
¹18 MOSCOW – PETROZAVODSK
Departure time from Moscow - 18.30
Arrival time in Petrozavodsk - 8.00
¹657 ST.PETERSBURG – PETROZAVODSK
Departure time from St.Petersburg -21.50
Arrival time in Petrozavodsk - 6.46
In the summer time :
Every day hydrofoils run from the River port of the city of Petrozavodsk to Kizhi Island.
The departure time from Petrozavodsk - 13.00; 18.00
The departure time from Kizhi Island - 15.30; 20.30
The trip by hydrofoil takes 1 hour 15 minutes.
Additional excursion hydrofoils leave Petrozavodsk at 9.00 (June-August), if you book tickets (tel. (8142) 007).
in the winter time :
You can book an excursion to Kizhi Island by tel. (8142) 77-57-64.
Information about helicopter Flights by tel. (8142) 74-75-66.