29 The Purest Places in Russia

The Purest Places in Russia

Posted on August 24, 2010 by team

Escape from the heat and dust of the city! These are the most ecologically pure places in Russia.


It is may be called “the lungs” of Russia. Go there for unique and salubrious air, to enjoy the primeval purity of tarns.

Gorny Altai

Some remote areas have nearly preserved their primeval condition.  There are lots of natural monuments in Altai. Various medicinal herbs grow here.

Chuisky trakt. Altai.

The Shavlinskoye lake. Altai


Compared to other regions of the country the ecological situation of Karelia may be called favourable. And what’s more important there’s no tendency for its worsening. Of course we mean preseved areas of Karelia. Karelia is “painted” two colors: blue and green. The “blue” color – 63 000 lakes, the “green” – taiga. By the way, the biggest lakes of Europe are situated in Karelia: Lake Ladoga and Lake Onega.

Lake Ladoga

Valaam – the pearl of Karelia, the real symbol of the northern Russia.

All in all Karelia has 108 natural monuments and 46 wildfire preserves.


The Republic of Tyva

Tyva is widely regarded as medicinal storage area of Russia. About three million of hectares are covered here with cedar forests. It’s not the air, it’s healing elixir! There are 8 000 rivers in Tyva. An interesting fact that Tyva is situated in different climatic zones: taiga in the north and Alpine grasslands in the west. The fauna of Tyva is also unique: you can meet both a reindeer and a camel here.

Tyva has 2 nature reserves, 17 wildlife preserves and 12 natural monuments.


In the south of Russia the purest place is Kabardino-Balkaria, of course. And the main attraction of this place is the Caucasus, its clean air and cool rivers and lakes.

Kabardino-Balkaria is rich in mineral springs.

The Baksan River


It is situated in the center of Asia and it has some climatic zones: from forest-tundra to steppe. 6% of the Republic is the natural-reserved fund. There are many coniferous forests in Buryatia.

Baikal lake


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29 Responses to “The Purest Places in Russia”

  1. linas says:

    first and nice, very nice

  2. muzzer says:

    beautiful pictures

  3. koji says:

    It is wonderful places, I would like to know this part of the planet.

  4. koji says:

    I am from Brazil, with this site http://www.englishrussia.com I can know a lot of things about Russia. It is wonderful.

  5. SovMarxist1924 says:

    Nature is nice; don’t need bourgeois churches.

  6. Flopka says:

    “All in all Karelia has 108 natural monuments and 46 wildfire preserves.”

    No wonder Russia has so much trouble with forest fires… they actually create “wildfire preserves”!

    • Testicules says:

      No fear in the USA. Russia can’t fight it’s way out of a paper bag. If they didn’t have nukes, they’d all be speaking Chinese or Polish.

      • Traffic says:

        Poland has money and army?

      • Juvenile says:

        You’re pointing on nukes, but you don’t know russians. They are warriors for their destiny. They can survive in winter in t-shirt just because they are russians. Americans are tough in Hollywood. By the way, i think Canadians are as much tough as Russians. They have vast, harsh land, so it makes their spirit like Siberia makes Russian spirit.

    • paul says:

      You need to allow regular wildfires in forest management. Not allowing regular wildfires creates a setting for having gigantic disaster wildfires.

      It was something the US had to learn the hard way.

  7. Pertti says:

    Kareliya is part of Finland, russians steal it from us and someday Finland join in Nato and then with help of all NATO countries we will take our areas back and Finland-Russia border is in URAL-mountains.

    USA afraid too much but when in NATO they must help.

    • OLUT says:

      I still carry dreams of dancing to the Säkkijärven Polkka, in real, 100 percent Säkkijärvi…

    • Traffic says:

      Finland is the former province of which Imperial Russia Lenin has presented freedom. :)

    • speaking truth says:

      You should be satisfied that only Karelia was stolen

    • Zolotoy Grebeshok says:

      Karelia was NEVER part of Finland in history.

    • Juvenile says:

      don’ drink too much, Pertti. If USA need to choose their partner i think, they will take strong partner. And yes, whole Finland was part of Russia from time when russians beat swedish ass and swedes leave their imperialistic ambitions on east land. Finland is a place where communism starts. But… Finland will not ask any land, cause it means that Poland need to get back Lithuanian capital city, cause it was polish city and whole Europe will ask back from each other past time lands. That will make a war. No on is interested in this. And Finland and Russia now are friendly to each other.

  8. Unknown says:

    Some of the places are just beautiful.

  9. Ugly American says:

    That’s the way the planet should look – not paved over with dirty concrete.

  10. Grek says:

    very beautiful

  11. tonepoet says:

    Love the political rants, this is the place for it…..

    I’m amazed at the photos, better than most anything that I’ve ever seen in Alaska.

  12. Dayana says:

    This places are so amazing… |I really would like to know there!!! Fantastic!!!!

  13. Liviana says:

    It looks like Alaska, but Alaska is better…

    Go to Northern California, Michigan, Oregon, Maryland, Hawaii and you’ll find America is gorgeous……..

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