"The Mystery of Thousand Lakes" Top 5 Page for this destination Respublika Kareliya by Klod5

Respublika Kareliya Travel Guide: 368 reviews and 903 photos

La Carélie est une large bande de terre au nord de St.Petersburg entre la Finlande et la Mer Blanche. Pour beaucoup de voyageurs amateurs de nature sauvage, elle est associée à un millier de beaux lacs entourés de rivages sauvages et de paysages accidentés couverts d'une dense forêt de pins. La Carélie c'est aussi poissons et animaux sauvages en abondance. Le train de nuit amène le voyageur de St.Petersburg à Petrozavodsk. La capitale de la Carélie fondée par Pierre le Grand sur la rive du Lac Onega est la porte pour la plupart des voyages d'aventures et de découvertes au Nord de la Grande Russie.

Karelia is the land to the north from St.Petersburg between Finland and the White Sea. For many outdoor travelers it is usually associated with thousands of beautiful lakes surrounded by rocky shores and hilly landscape, massive fur- and pine-tree forests and abundance of fish and wild animals. In the distance of overnight train sleeper from St.Petersburg there is Petrozavodsk. The capital of Karelia founded by the Peter the Great on the bank of Lake Onega is the gate for most of adventure travel programs on the Russian North.

From here one can also take a hydrofoil boat to come to an amazing museum of wooden Russian architecture on the Kizhi island. Lakes kayaking and rafting down to the river Shuya are "the brand names" of Karelia. Many outdoor travelers return here every year for exciting kayaking holidays together with wild abundant nature and white summer nights. Treking along picturesque granite shores is less popular, though camping on a cosy bay with great fishing would make one's trip to remember.

On the way to Karelia is so called Karelian Isthmus, which stratches between the Gulf of Finland and Ladoga Lake to the north from St.Petersburg. Situated not far from the city it is the most favorite place for it's outdoor-minded citizens. Great diversity of outdoor sports available here makes this place a little mekka for local climbers, white water kayakers, velo bikers or just ramblers. It's reputation among local adventurers can compare with Glen Coe valley in Scotland or Colorado River Gorge.

Ilona Rumyantseva our guide

It is my Ilona friend who is going to guide us during this stay in the small Respublika Kareliya.

Ilona is a journalist (more precisely critical of art, now), and she is widely-known in his country, because she worked like journalist to the television.

When I want to bother it, I tell him that I am happy to coast a star of the television.

Follow my travel in the Respublika Kareliya, on the four pages :

An tour on all country of this Respublica :
The Mystery of Thousand Lakes
The capital Petrozavodsk :
Ilona's city so faraway
Valaam and the monastery "Spaso-Preobrazhensky" :
The spiritual light of Russia
Kizhi island and the 82 monuments of wooden architecture :
Magic Kizhi island

All my Russian trips :

Altayskiy Kray
Gorod Sankt-Peterburg
Saint Petersburg
Novosibirskaya Oblast'
Respublika Kareliya
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Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Summer's days very longs, and the midnight sun
  • Cons:Winter nights very longuest, coldest and hard
  • In a nutshell:The far North from Ilona
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  • cloudberry's Profile Photo
    Jul 27, 2006 at 5:17 AM

    Hi there, it seems that we two are the almost only ones who have written tips about Koitajoki river. You took the Russian side and I took the Finnish side, here is a link to my Koitajoki travelogue: "Koitajoki River" - Ilomantsi Travelogue by cloudberry

  • MargotB's Profile Photo
    Dec 23, 2003 at 9:22 AM

    Your photo of Petrozavodsk from Onega lake, all in blue, is probably the most beautiful photo I've ever seen. Your whole site and all the photos are singularly interesting.

  • Dec 22, 2003 at 8:49 AM

    This outdoor paradise was completely unknown to me, wow it looks so beautiful and unspoiled! Excellent page!

  • Jun 23, 2003 at 4:44 PM

    Hello, I liked your Petrozavodsk page. I think that Ilona the journalist is a love of yours that you cannot have. Is that true?. Beautiful pictures by the way and just a little of such a beautiful country that I would love to visit one day. Thankyou. Emma


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