Favorite thing: Quieting and soothing atmosphere of Valaam, majesty of it's northern nature, it certainly worths visiting it in future and not once. We were bicycling around again, did some 20 kms, tired and happy came back to motor-launch awaiting us at Monastyrskaya bay
Historiquement la Carélie est une région du nord-ouest de la Russie, à l'est de l'actuelle Finlande. Ses habitants du Xe siècle sont décrits dans une saga comme une menace pour les Lapons. Depuis le XIIIe siècle plusieurs parties furent conquises par la Suède, et intégrées dans la Carélie suédoise. Elles furent perdues au profit de la Russie, selon le Traité d'Åbo au milieu du XVIIIe siècle.
Historically Karelia is a region of the northwest of Russia, to the East of the present Finland. Its inhabitants of the Xth century is described in a saga like a threat for the Lapp. Since the XIIIth century several parts were conquered by Sweden, and built-in in the Swedish Karelia. They were lost to the profit of Russia, according to the Treaty of Åbo in the middle of the XVIIIth century
Fondest memory: Le 14 octobre 1920 est signé un traité de paix entre la Finlande et la Russie en Estonie, à Tartu (Dorpat). La Finlande reçoit la plus grande partie de la Carélie, dont une partie contestée est attribuée à la Russie. En échange, la Finlande obtient la Petchenga, hors des limites de l'ancien grand-duché. Il est toutefois stipulé que les Russes auront le droit d'y transiter librement.
October 14, 1920 is signed a treaty of peace between Finland and Russia in Estonia, in Tartu (Dorpat). Finland receives the biggest part of Karelia, of which a contested part is assigned to Russia. In exchange, Finland gets the Petchenga, out of the limits of the former grand duchy. It is stipulated however that the Russians will have the right to pass in transit there freely.
La partie orientale devint la RSSA (République socialiste soviétique autonome) carélienne. Cette région, sous contrôle russe depuis le Moyen Âge, est un couloir stratégique de premier plan entre Saint-Pétersbourg et Mourmansk dont la valeur augmente avec le percement d’un canal.
The oriental part became the Karelian RSSA (Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic). This region, under Russian control since the Middle Ages, is a strategic passageway of first plan between St-Petersburg and Mourmansk whose value increases with the drilling of a channel.
Meet Sandra Remsujeva, a very vivid old "granny", who is one of the few storyteller's (capable of the typical Kalevala Metric) left in Carelia.
Fondest memory: We had the incredible privilege and oppurtunity of listening to Sandra live performing and reciting some of her fine art.
She told us some stories, laegends and sang a little bit....
Thank you Sandra
Unfortunately this tradition is more than fading out, since the youth is wandering after work to cities and little of the newer generation speaks the carelian language anymore.
IN ALMOST EVERY VILLAGE YOU MAY FIND A TšESOUNA, THIS VERY CHURCH (TšESOUNA) IN VUOKKINIEMI WAS REBUILT IN 1993, AFTER IT HAD BURNT DOWN IN 1939, BEING HEATED UP TOO MUCH - IT WAS USED AS A CANTEEN FOR SOLDIERS OF THE FRONTIER-GUARD (WWII). THE BUILDING-UP WAS FUND BY ARHIPPA PERTTUNEN - FOUNDATION AND EXECUTED BY THE SECTION OF RESTAURATION OF THE MINISTERY OF CULTRE OF CARELIA.
Fondest memory: On this absolutely lovely day the church looked just beautiful and the view from the top was magnificent...
This proposed Kalevala National Park is located in the northwest of the republic and adjoins the Russian - Finnish border. Fennoscandia's largest and Eurasia's northernmost area of primeval pine taiga forest of distinct after-fire origin is found here.
Fondest memory: The famous Finnish national epic "Kalevala" was collected in the adjacent Karelian villages. The wilderness of the proposed park has always played an important role in the lives of the villages.
The territory of the proposed park is located in the southwest of the Republic of Karelia on the northern shore of Lake Ladoga, Europe's largest lake.The territory of the park encompasses an archipelago with high islands and a shoreline with long deep bays which is rarely found in freshwater reservoirs.
Fondest memory: The Park is distinguished by its exclusive diversity of flora and fauna due to the great number of different habitats and basic bedrock. The archipelago is a refuge for the Ladoga Ringed Seal. The Park is rich in monuments of history and culture and landscapes. The Park possesses all the necessary qualities for the development of both water and wilderness tourism
The proposed National Park Koitajoki is situated in the western part of the Suojarvi District of the Republic of Karelia. The park consists of two parts - Koitajoki and Tolvajarvi. The former territory adjoins the Russian - Finnish border and covers areas along the Koitajoki river valley. The valley is a flat and heavily paludified plain. Local mires have rich typology and are intact. The most precious recreational sites are the river Koitajoki and some of the tributaries and lakes of its basin as boating routes. The Tolvajarvi partial nature reserve is the core of a system of nine lakes, which are connected to each other by channels. The abundance of eskers, islands and bays set against the lofty pine forest shores strike a note in any traveller regardless of the way they choose, by land or by water.
Fondest memory: Although the territory is not inhabited now, the area is rich in historic sites relating to events from the Middle Ages to World War II. The Tolvajarvi Reserve and the Koitajoki Area are connected by an ecological corridor, which is part of a buffer zone around the proposed park. Due to this, the vast area of the National Park is extended by 50 thousand hectares. Tolvajarvi and its surroundings offer good opportunities for recreation and the Koitajoki Area is for the strict protection of its nature.
Lake Tuulos along with the picturesque rugged shoreline and numerous wooded islets and bays is located in the proposed Tuulos National Park covering an area of roughly 40000 hectares.
Fondest memory: A number of valuable fish species inhabit the Lake: lake salmon, whitefish, vendace and grayling. Sites of primary pine and spruce forests are found in the proposed Park. These sites are remarkable for their diversified fauna and are therefore promising as related to tourism. The proposed park will be developed for hiking, fishing and water tourism.
The northernmost pilot area of the Project is the Paanajärvi National Park located in the Louhi district. Its area is 104 371 ha.
Straddling this area is the border of mid and north taiga, which converges with the ridge of the Maanselka plateau. This divides the Arctic and Atlantic flora and fauna communities
Fondest memory: One of the main attractions of the Park is its fells.The highest point of the Park is Mt. Nuorunen - 576m. Mt. Kivakka is another summit of the Park that attracts a lot of visitors. Most of the park is covered by Spruce forest. In parts the bedrock promotes the wealth of flora.
The highest point of the Park is Mt. Nuorunen - 576m. Mt. Kivakka is another summit of the Park that attracts a lot of visitors. Most of the park is covered by Spruce forest. In parts the bedrock promotes the wealth of flora.
According to Russian legislation national parks should contain a representative sample of important natural regions, features or scenery where plant or animal species, habitats and geomorphologic sites are of special spiritual, scientific, educational and tourist significance. They should also be large enough to contain one or more ecosystem not materially altered by current human occupation or exploitation.
Fondest memory: In Karelia they are managed by the State Forest Committee (Goskomles) as a local unit of the Federal Forest Service (Rosleshos). At the moment there are two national parks in Karelia (Paanajärvi and Vodlozero) and four new ones are being processed following the resolution of the Federal Government in 1994.
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