Kivach Reserve and Waterfalls, Republic of Karelia

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#1 of 12 in Wildlife in Northwestern District
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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  • August 16, 2017
    Kivach nature reserve is a huge territory with forest age 5-6 thousands of years! The forests are inhabited by various species of animals and birds, some of which are displayed in a small museum and along the walkways. But the main attraction is undoubtedly the kivach waterfall-the second largest plain waterfalls in Europe. Water noise overcomes thresholds and swoops and around rocks and trees around the waterfall, you can spend an hour and didn't notice the time. For tourists there are grounds and approaches in several places, that allows to consider falls under different angles and make wonderful pictures. A little inconvenient entrance to the reserve, but the beauty of nature is worth the inconvenience.
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  • August 13, 2017
    Very nice place to visit with children, waterfall, forest! Not far from the waterfall there Camping with café, shashlychkoj and everything you need for a relaxing stay.
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  • August 9, 2017
    Visited waterfall on the way from Petrozavodsk to the Solovki. It's really the power of nature in its pristine form. Wait on the torrents of water and take in this view. I am very glad that the place is ennobled, let for admission require a small fee, however I think it saves this place from vandals and mountains of debris.
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