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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  • Karelia is capable to surprise at every turn. Each year a new route. Kivach was awesome opening this year. This is my first waterfall in 2016 ... after was a lot, but in another country. It is implied that the Kivach waterfall is not bored, and charmingly interesting. Cons-very close to the entrance to the reserve, I think. that it was possible to walk longer. In the same way by our Russian habit of the cars and buses passes on territory of the reserve (why?) understand, when people with disabilities (by the way, it is impossible to get to the waterfall) may be wrong? Rocks, water with a strong rumble with small height and drops below, rolling stones, goes on and on .... swim in a waterfall pulls no. .. It was too cold ... Recommend, return hochentsja.
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  • The place is amazing in its beauty! We have been here in summer, in winter. This time we decided to look at the waterfall in autumn colors! The summer is rainy, Kivach polnovoden and significant! It's worth seeing! There are many interesting wooden art objects, cute. Small but very nice and informative Museum, an interesting Park-again walked around the tour route and were very satisfied with the trip!
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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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