A tranquil monastery atmosphere
The New Valamo Monastery welcomes visitors from all walks of life. The New Valamo Monastery is a working monastery and you are welcome to discover its daily life. Visitors are free to participate in church services and view the church icons on display. The monastery museum has a collection of fascinating Orthodox artefacts and other exhibits on display.
The Monastery’s renowned restaurant and cafeteria serves lunches and dinners, and you can complete your day trip by paying a visit to the New Valamo Monastery gift shop where you can find beautiful hand-crafted Orthodox artefacts, beeswax church candles made at the monastery and other delightful items.
Even a day trip to the monastery is an experience you are unlikely to forget, although many visitors choose a more meaningful stay by spending a night or two in the peaceful monastery environment. Open to all – regardless of religion or personal beliefs - the New Valamo Monastery continues an ancient monastery tradition of hospitality.
The tranquillity and stress-free atmosphere of the monastery supplies a much-needed contrast to hectic everyday life. Visitors to the monastery have time to relax, unwind and rejuvenate, whether by partaking of periods of prolonged silence, reading good books, enjoying cruise or by rambling in pristine natural surroundings.
It is no wonder that the Finnish Guild of Travel Writers presented an award to The New Valamo Monastery as the best domestic tourism attraction in 2012.