In 1998 the idea of restoring the village was created, but the problem was that all of the houses in the village are private property. An owner of a private estate has to take care of it by themselves and can not apply for any financial support from the government. That all considering that a lot of the buildings require urgent restoration, and the owners are mostly elders with no money to spare on such expenses.
Then in 2000 the Public Foundation of Karelian Cultural Heritage Preservation was created, with its goal being preserving the village of Kinerma. The foundation works on the advertisement of the village as well as spreading of Karelian language and culture overall. With the financial help new activities were brought to the village: the village day (August 10th), Karelian language theatre festival "Nerokassali" ("Box of talents") takes place twice a year, along with youth and kids camps, carpentry workshops, and etc. In 2001 Kinerma got good partnerships with the city of Oulu (Finland), creating a "Kinerma's friends" organisation, with help of which multiple projects on infrastructure have been completed inside the village and on nearby land (natural path to the lake).
By the initiative of sisters Olga Gokkoyeva and Nadyezhda Kalmykova, the ancestry line of their family dating back to over 220 years back in time, a private company was established to host tourists in the village. For the tourist infrastructure the smoke sauna was restored along with a traditional countryman house dedicated to the ethnic culture centre, summer dining area in the lived house, winter dining, recreated authentic barn, traditional well, fences, and etc.
"Even though the village is compact (only 5 houses), it is "spread apart" - there are no straight roads and parallel buildings. It is believed to be due to the choice of most even land while allowing the building to face the sun side. That is, in some way, a compromise between human and nature. The houses themselves are traditional, they are archaic, with the exterior appealing to the tourists and the interior fascinating to the specialists and researchers"
- Irina Grishina, architect
The living houses have the same planning as centuries ago. The buildings are made of two log frames, with all the living and working space united under one roof. The front is in two rooms: perti and gorniccu - the big room and the upper room, each with an oven. And those are the only heated rooms in the house. Behind them is a cold corridor leading to the storage room and further in - to the cattle. On the lower floor the Karelians kept their cattle: coes, sheep, horses. The higher level served to store the hay. Anyone can feel this atmosphere of an authentic old house: tourists in Kinerma are accommodate in he guest houses by 2 or 4 people. All in all the village can accommodate 10 people in the winter, and up to 20 in the summer. That is why all visits should be planned in advance, since there are queues and bookings reserved.