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Wooden church at Kizhi

Wooden church at Kizhi


Karelia is situated on the board with Finland on the North from St-Pet. It is the land of virgin woods, thousand picturesque lakes and hundreds of rivers. Here You have excellent conditions for backpacking and raft­ing. The visitor can hunt an elk, a brown bear or go fishing. Kola penin­sula located to the north of Karelia. It is remarkable for its amazing nature. High hills adjoin dense taiga woods and the open tundra. There is the one of the best mountain-skiing routes of Russia in the southern part of Kola peninsula.

Karelia is stretched on 600 kilometers from the north on the south from Northern polar circle up to the Ladoga Lake. Karelia is often called the country of the lakes. There are more than 60 thousand big and small lakes here including the largest lakes in Europe - Ladoga and Onega. Most of them are connected by some short rivers that perfectly suit for rafting.

Karelia is certainly created for boating. Here one can choose the routes, various on extent and complexity.

Karelia is the land of the virgin pine woods. These woods are popu­lar with the hunters. Traditionally the objects of hunt here are the elks, brown bear, wood-grouses and blackcocks.

The most beautiful waterfall Kivatch is located near the city Petrozavodsk. This is the second-largest after Rhine flat waterfalls of Europe. Its height is about 11 meters. On the territory surrounded by waterfall falls there is a natural reserve "Kivatch". The rare Karelian birch grows here.

Karelia republic the subject of the Russian Federation was founded July 8, 1920.

About 790,000 people inhabit this northern part of Russia. The republic is divided into 19 districts, including 13 towns, 12 settlements of urban type and 128 volosts (Provinces).

The capital of Karelia is Petrozavodsk. The total population of the city is about 290,000 people. It is the most important industrial city of the republic, an important scientific and cultural center. It is situated on the shore of the Petrozavodsk Bay of the Lake Onega, 925 km to the northwest of Moscow.


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