Kivach Reserve and Waterfalls, Republic of Karelia
(4.6/5 based on 180+ reviews on the web)
Home to a riotous array of plants, animals, and geological formations, Kivach Reserve and Waterfalls strives to protect an expanse of dense Northern European forest. Explore the reserve, which spans more than 10,800 hectares (26,687 acres), and observe the old-growth forest around you that includes swathes of pines more than two centuries old. Though this area was once shaped by several waterfalls, Soviet hydroelectric projects in 1936 reduced them to a single cascade. View the waterfall, which tumbles from a height of nearly 11 m (36 ft), and you'll be looking at the same waters that once inspired the poet Gavrila Derzhavin to pen one of Russia's most notable poems of the 18th century. To get a more in-depth look at the local ecosystem, join a guided excursion around the reserve's nature trails offered by the on-site museum. If you do so, be sure to wear comfortable shoes and proper outdoor gear. Put Kivach Reserve and Waterfalls on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Kondopoga trip itinerary builder.
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  • We have so many amazing places in Russia. Kivach is one of them. An amazing place. Austere beauty. You can stand for hours and watch as the water flows through the Karelian rocks. If you came to Karelia-choose a time and come to the waterfall Kivach waterfall. You will not regret.
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  • In Karelia is Kivach nature reserve. Here the river Suna which formed a waterfall. A lot of people come look at this miracle of nature. Waterfall of course is not very high, just 10 meters, but the impression is worthy. Pine forest around the rocks. Very beautiful and majestic!
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  • Wonderful place! Impressive waterfall. In a souvenir shop, in principle, the prices are average. Well, that signed the names of species in the reserve, which is the first in the Soviet Union, the only Grove of Karelian Birch. very interesting Museum, you can see the rocks soil, types of local animals. Water in rivers naivkusnejshaja. On the way to the waterfall along the road, you can see the marshes.
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