The island of Kizhi in Lake Onego contains the biggest world ensemble of wooden architecture - famous Kizhi. It is enlisted in UNESCO's
World Heritage List. There is an open-air museum on the island representing the architecture, history and culture of the area.
Petrozavodsk is the capital of Karelia and the center of industry, culture, and science of the Republic. It appeared at the beginning of the 18th
century, when Peter the Great ordered to build a cannon factory on the shores of Lake Onego.
The island of Valaam is located in Lake Ladoga. The famous Valaam Monastery was founded on the island centuries ago.
It is one of the the most interesting cultural, historical and nature attractions in the North of Russia.
Solovki (Solovetsky Islands) are located in the western part of the White Sea, less than
100 miles from the Polar Circle, consisting of 6 big and numerous small islands.
There is a famous monastery, dating back to the middle centuries, on the island as well as other historical and cultural monuments.
Paanajarvi National Park
Paanajarvi National Park is located in the northern part of the republic of Karelia.
The Polar Circle is just several kilometers from its northern boundary. It is famous for its flora and fauna.
Vodlozersky National Park
Vodlozersky National Park is situated on the territory of the Republic of Karelia and Arkhangelsk Region.
The National Park was established in 1991 in order to preserve natural, historical and cultural heritage of this area.
The Nature Reserve of Kivach is located to the north of Petrozavodsk (65 km). It is famous for its Kivach waterfall Cascade as well as for its
forests in which pine, fir and birch predominate.
The White Sea lies in the northern part of Russia, between 32 and 44 East and 63 47` and 68 4` North. The shores of Murmansk, Arkhangelsk regions and
of Karelia are washed by the White Sea.
White Sea - Baltic Canal
The White Sea and Baltic Canal was built in the 30's of the 20th century at the command of Joseph Stalin. It took them about two years
to connect the White Sea with the waterways in the south of the region. It is known that many GULAG prisoners worked there and died during construction.
Petroglyphs are rock carvings made by the ancient people and exceptionally valuable evidence of
the remote past coming to us from the Neolithic Age. The histroians tend to say that the age of Karelian Petroglyphs
is about 6 thousand years.
Seids and Labyrinths
Seids and labyrinths (mazes) are believed to be the traces of ancient hyperborean civilizations that inhabited Scandinavia and
the north of Russia ages ago.
There are a lot of traditional Karelian Villages which represent the culture and history of the Karelian tribes which inhabited the territory
for many centuries. In some villages one can observe the examples of wooden architecture such as small churches and chapels as well as peasants'