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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  • Be sure to visit this natural attraction. Beautiful place, nice to just sit and listen to the sound of water and observe its rifts.
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  • At Kivach is worth a visit regardless of the time of year and the weather! Very cozy place, friendly staff, cafes with good food, safe descents to the waterfall. There is a small museum and Arboretum. Do not pass by!
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  • Been here a few years ago, during the river cruise Moscow-St. Petersburg. Falls very much in and of itself, and nature
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