Vodlozersky National Park (Vodlozersky Biosphere
Reserve) is partially located in Karelia, partly in the Karelia and
Arkhangelsk region. It is the largest national park in Europe.
Vodlozersky National Park stretches 150 kilometers from south to
north and tens of kilometers from west to east. Located in the basin
of Lake Vodlozero and the river Ileksa. It occupies 130 thousand
hectares in Eastern Karelia and 298 thousand hectares in the
north-west of the Arkhangelsk region.
The territory of the
park is divided into three forest areas:
forestry - the center of the village of Kuganavolok (Vodlozersky
branch of the park), Karelia Pudozhskoe staircase - the village
of Valdai, Karelia Ilekskoe staircase - the town of Onega (Onega
branch of the park), Arkhangelsk region The park administration
is located in Petrozavodsk.
History The park was formed in
1991. In 2001, UNESCO granted the park the status of a biosphere