Kivach Reserve and Waterfalls, Republic of Karelia

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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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  • Anyone who plans to visit Karelia recommend visit this magnificent and picturesque place. Forest, River and waterfalls. Nature air. It's worth it.
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  • Visit took place in the winter on new year holidays last year. Was reserved game. tour It was sunny and frosty! Alesta is not words, see everything with your own eyes. The way to find easily on the highway cost indices, there is parking, a gift shop and Cafe. Tell you about excursion ordered separately. Exciting, interesting and funny children were ecstatic. In a playful manner found "treasure", met with Santa Claus, met with waterfall Kivach and, of course, received gifts. And at the end of the excursion-warming tea with three wickets in the Café. Many thanks to all those who create such events.
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  • Had planned to visit the wilderness protection zone for a long time, this is one of the most important sights of Karelia. Kivach waterfall is one of the largest plain waterfalls in Europe, at the time of our visit, he was not at all his force, but nonetheless surprised and without this. A very picturesque place, I recommend to all lovers of nature.
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