Although I named this album "Karelia" in fact it's not
about it. The Kuznechnoe station belongs to the Karelian Isthmus that
belongs to Leningradskaya region but not to the Karelia republic. But
Karelia is very close.
The Kuznechnoe station is situated 157
kilometers from St. Petersburg (it will take you approximately 3 hours
to get there from the Finish railway station ). It's the terminal
station of suburban electric trains. Further you can go only by diesel
Sortavala is 21 kilometers from here.
The beginning of our journey
wasn't very pleasant because it rained from time to time.
But gradually the weather got better. We
stopped on the lakeshore and had a nap.
Meanwhile mosquitoes had a
A plant after the rain
On each side of the road we saw stones
and rocks from time to time.
In fact the Kuznechnoe area is very
popular among alpinists.
Another place where we stopped. It was
better then the previous one.
Yet we hadn't covered a sufficient distance, so we went further.
Some rocks looked quite impressive
Unshaved and displeased
We saw pretty many lakes.
The roads are made for traveling on foot. In some places the road was
Two cyclists looked a bit weird but I have to admit that they
overtook us :)
The first huge rock
A field of globe-flowers
Pretty little hillocks decorating a small
In fact I tried to take a picture of
Finally we got to the Yastrebinoe lake
(the Hawk's Lake)
This place is 50-70 meter high and it's
called Big Rocks
Somebody is already climbing a rock.
Many St. Petersburg students come here for climbing, so along the
lakeshores you can see many tables with the names of St. Petersburg
universities written on them.
Too crowded place
We'll go further.
After climbing another rock on the shore
we stopped and put up a tent.
The place was nice, at least the wind
were blowing mosquitoes away. In addition it was dry.
A look down
.We had to go down with a cattle or saucepan to get water. Actually,
it wasn't a problem to go down. Creeping up with a full saucepan was
much more difficult :)