How Do they Build Wooden Ships in Karelia

How Do they Build Wooden Ships in Karelia

One of the most interesting places in Petrozavodsk is club “Polar Odyssey”. A team of true romanticists who are in love with the sea, work here. The club has its own operating fleet, a big part of which are wooden ships, copies of historical sailboats that sailed centuries ago. It would be very interesting to learn how to build wooden ships and how to sail in them.

 

“Polar Odyssey” is located in Petrozavodsk, on the shore of Onegskoe Lake. People who are interested in history, or people who want to take pictures, come here. Even if you can’t decide what a shallop is, or what type a boat is, or tell a propeller screw from a propeller, everything there is still very romantic.

Read moreHow Do they Build Wooden Ships in Karelia

Russian city Petrozavodsk under heavy snow falls

Russian city Petrozavodsk under heavy snow falls

The Russian city of Petrozavodsk was hit by cyclone Daniella today, which resulted in very heavy snowfalls. In a matter of just a few hours, the city was drowning in snow. Sometimes the snow drifts were as high as 1.5 meters tall. Petrozavodsk is a city with a population of 300,000, and is the capital of the Karelia region bordering Finland and Norway. It’s not a small city, so in an instant, the traffic got stuck. Huge city trolleybuses – electric powered buses – are not meant to go through thick layers of snow on the city streets so they began stopping and blocking the way for others. Let’s see how it was thanks to local photographer Igor P.:

Read moreRussian city Petrozavodsk under heavy snow falls

Ancient Wooden Churches of Karelia Land

Ancient Wooden Churches of Karelia Land

If you really want to see a lot of old Russian traditional wooden architecture, namely churches and chapels, then for sure you need to visit Karelia. This land borders Finland for over 1,000 km along its length on one side, and like Finland is called “Land of the Lakes” with over 90,000 small lakes. Since the early times people have lived here and built these beautiful, unique wooden churches. Let’s see inside, thanks to the Russian blogger Alexei, who took those awesome photos!

Read moreAncient Wooden Churches of Karelia Land

Weekend in Karjala

Weekend in Karjala

Hope ya’ll having good weekend today. This is an idea of what your weekend could look like if you spend it in some of the tourist attraction areas of Karjala, or Karelia like its being called in Russia – a region next to Finland, it lies to the North East of St. Petersburg. This one is not exactly in Karelia but on its border, closer to St. Petersburg. Luxury cabins deep inside the local “Taiga” (which means forest). Stables, lots of stuff to see and buy, local foods and vodka. See it yourself:

Read moreWeekend in Karjala

Wooden Shipbuilding Is Still Alive

Wooden Shipbuilding Is Still Alive

These are the pictures from the shipyard in Karelia where unique wood ships are still built. In fact the shipyard is unique too – there is no other place in Russia like this. Here they design and make wood cruising sailboats, training sailboats, pleasure sail and motor boats, tourist and fishing boats, marine boats of YAL-2, YAL-4, YAL-6 types, recreational rowed and sailed boats, traditional Russian boats.

Read moreWooden Shipbuilding Is Still Alive

An Ambulance

0_b42b8_69941584_XXL

An ambulance from the roads of Karelia, Russia. Good thing – calling an ambulance is free for everyone. Another good thing – even this type of vehicle would transport real doctors to someone in need. Bad thing? The vehicle itself. To see what’s inside one of these – look inside this post.

Read moreAn Ambulance