Paanajarvi: Russia’s Winter Wonderland

As I never tire of admiring winter landscapes, three days in Karelia was something of a dream for me! We spent three days there, riding snowmobiles through Paanajarvi National Park.

Picturesque Karelia view

Driving snowmobile

Forest view in Karelia

Amazing view aroun in Karelia

The first few minutes riding over the lake were quite scary but it didn’t take long for me to get an adrenalin buzz! Everything you see around you is stunning; endless expanses of pure, untouched nature.

White snow view

Karelia nature winter

Relaxing outside in winter

Snow view Karelia

A wild elk in Karelia

Paanajarvi is located in the north-west of the Republic of Karelia in Russia. The Park’s melodious name comes from the unique lake, Paanajarvi, the deepest of the smaller lakes of Fennoscandia, which was formed in the bedrock rift.

A breath-taking view of Karelia

Kivakovski waterfall

Enjoying the views of Karelia

The park itself is amazingly picturesque - mountain ridges split by deep gorges, numerous lakes and various mires, fast streams with frothing rapids and waterfalls break up the terrain.

Pine trees in Karelia

Selfie in Karelia

 Night-time view of Karelia

The slopes of the hills and valleys are covered with pristine almost untouched forest, dominated by spruce trees. But, as a picture is worth a thousand words, I’ll let Paanajarvi speak for itself!

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