Karelia is a region in the Russian Northwest. Among numerous sights of the area Kizhi Island is the most famous. The unique ensemble of wooden churches, chapels and traditional houses is situated there. Other popular destinations in Karelia include Valaam Monastery, traditional Karelian villages, Petroglyphs, Kivach Nature Reserve and the rafting rivers.
The island of Kizhi in Lake Onego is famous for the biggest world ensemble of wooden architecture - Kizhi Museum. It is enlisted in UNESCO's World Heritage List.
Petrozavodsk is a nice city with several interesting sights and a perfect starting point for the trips to Kizhi and other cultural and nature landmarks of Karelia.
The Nature Reserve of Kivach is located to the north of Petrozavodsk (65 km).
Paanajarvi National Park is situated in the northern part of Karelia, Russia. The Polar Circle is just several kilometers far from its northern boundary.
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 most interesting cultural, historical and nature attractions in the North of Russia.
Marble quarry in Ruskeala is an interesting and picturesque touristic object in Karelia.
The White Sea is located in the northwest of Russia. It is known for the medieval Solovetsky monastery and rich wildlife, including Beluga whales, harp seals and bearded seals, as well as numerous bird species.
Vodlozersky National Park is situated on the territory of Karelia and Arkhangelsk Region. The Park is a great place for canoeing, birdwatching, hiking and fishing.
The White Sea - Baltic Canal was built in the 30's of the 20th Century at the command of Joseph Stalin.
Onego Lake Petroglyphs assemble is located on the Besov Nos Cape which is situated at the eastern shore of Onego Lake.
The White Sea (Belomorskie) Petroglyphs are located in the forest not far from the town of Belomorsk.
There are several villages in Karelia which represent the culture and history of the local population. In some villages one can observe the examples of wooden architecture such as small churches and chapels as well as traditional houses.
Seids and labyrinths are ancient sacred places. They are believed to be the traces of ancient civilizations that inhabited Scandinavia and the north of Russia ages ago.