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Location: Kargopolsky and Plesetsky Districts  Map

Area: 1396.63 kmĀ²

Established: 1991

 

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Kenozyorsky or Kenozersky National Park (Кенозерский национальный парк)

 

 

 

 

 

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Description of Kenozersky National Park

Kenozersky National Park is situated in Kargopolsky and Plesetsky Districts of Arkhangelsk Oblast in North Russia. This national park gained its status on December 28th, 1991, and in 2004 it became UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Unlike other protected reserves Kenozersky Park also protects the history and culture of the Russian North.
 
Kenozersky National Park contains over 100 historical sites that include 3 Russian Orthodox monasteries, churches, 2 watermills, pagan religious complexes, houses and other residential buildings that are protected by federal laws. One of the most important travel destinations in Kenozersky National Park is that located in village Porzhenskoe. This small village contains church of Saint George that date to the 18th century and Pochorskiy Church from 18th- 19th centuries located in the village Filipovskaya.
 
The best time to visit the Kenozersky National Park is in the summer months. While in summers local temperatures reach 34C in winter it might go down as low as -47C. Kenozersky National Park has a network of well-marked hiking trails. Additionally, it offers a wide range of activities, ethnographic programs, and tours to various destinations in the preservation area.
 
Much of Kenozersky National Park is covered by rivers, lakes and endless virgin taiga (coniferous forest). Additionally, parts of the protected biosphere are covered by swamps. Unless you know what are you doing it is not advisable to travel in these areas, especially if you don't know the safe road and you are by yourself. You might sink very quickly and it might be quiet unexpected. Locals on the other hands somehow manage to venture deep inside these dangerous swamps to collect many species of berries that they also sell to the tourists.

 

 

 

Tourism
The park contains natural as well as cultural monuments, and is also oriented at ecotourism. A number of trails have been opened in the park.

There are several wooden architecture monuments. One of them is Porzhensky Pogost in the western part of the park, which is the ensemble of St. George church with the bell-tower (both from the 18th century) surrounded by the wooden wall with gates and towers (1789). The villages adjacent to Porzhensky Pogost have been deserted, and there is no road heading to it, so that the Pogost is only accessible via a pedestrian trail.

There are two roads into the park. In the southern part, south of Lake Lyokshmozero, there is an unpaved road connecting Kargopol and Pudozh. Another road in the northern part of the park branches off from the Onezhsky Trakt, connecting Kargopol via Plesetsk to Yemetsk. This road runs to the village on Pershlakhta on Lake Kenozero and then connects to the other villages on and around Lake Kenozero.

 

 

 


 

Transportation

 

 

Hotels, motels and where to sleep

 

 

Restaurant, taverns and where to eat

 

 

Cultural (and not so cultural) events

 

 

Interesting information and useful tips

 

 

 

 

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