Seasons in Russian Karelia

The Republic of Karelia is located in North-West Russia.

Most of the territory of Karelia is a hilly plain with strongly pronounced traces of glacier activity. Rock firmament on the earth's surface still retains traces of ancient mountains. About half of the Republic is covered with forest (main species are pine and spruce), a quarter of the territory is water surface. In Karelia more than 60 thousand lakes and 27 thousand rivers.

The largest lakes are Ladoga and Onega. The largest rivers are Vodla , Vyg, Kovda, Kem, Suna, Shuya. The total length of water network amounts to almost 83 thousand km. Karelia is exceptionally rich in cultural, historical and natural objects such as Valaam, Solovki. World famous is located near the capital of the Republic Museum-reserve "Kizhi". Its territory has collected more than seventy monuments of wooden folk architecture

Karelia can offer a variety of activities: rafting, fishing, hunting, and interesting treks in national parks, lovers of history and architecture will find a huge number of monuments of Russian architecture, as well as petroglyphs. Here is the waterfall Kivach - the second largest, after the Rhine, plain waterfall in Europe.


Weather and Climate

Spring in Karelia

Winter has already passed their position, adds light day, and the sun increasingly warms the faces of outdoor enthusiasts.

As a rule, the first half of may – the opening of the hunting season for migratory birds. Because fishing on may day celebrations can be successfully combined with hunting. In the end of may, there is a really active fishing in open water. After spawning, with the arrival of the first warm days of active perch and pike. At last, just at this period comes the feeding period.

Around the same time, in the Bay, right to home comes to bream, from the shore often manage to get a trophy under 2 pounds.

At the end of may, with the onset of heat begin to appear mosquitoes.

Climate of the Spring Months

March
Max average t°: -2 °C (28 °F)
Min average t°: -5 °C (23 °F)
Sundial in the day: 3 hours
Snowy days: 2 days
Precipitation: 55 mm (2,2")
April
Max average t°: +5 °C (41 °F)
Min average t°: +1 °C (34 °F)
Sundial in the day: 4 hours
Rainy days: 2 days
Precipitation: 51 mm (2.0")
May
Max average t°: +13 °C (55 °F)
Min average t°: +7 °C (45 °F)
Sundial in the day: 10 hours
Rainy days: 3 days
Precipitation: 62 mm (2,4")

(Petrozavodsk)

Spring Holidays

March 8: International Women’s Day

April 1st: April Fool’s Day
April 2nd: Day of Unity
April 12: Cosmonautics Day
April 26: Day in memory of the victims of radiation accidents and catastrophes

May 1st: Spring and Labour Day
May 9: Victory Day

Summer in Karelia

July is the hottest month in Karelia, here are guaranteed when you can swim.

And of course it is a period of unforgettable fishing steam perch on the Lud!

Often the heat continues in August, but at the same time, the nights get longer, cooler, mosquitoes usually disappear. There comes a time of berries and mushrooms! The fish are still happy with their activity. Pike, becomes more mobile in the evenings decent copies come out closer to the shore, at this time very productive fishing on Solovki. Also in August, the hunting season begins (usually 2nd or 3rd Saturday of August).


Climate of the Summer Months

June
Max average t°: +16 °C (61 °F)
Min average t°: +11 °C (52 °F)
Sundial in the day: 11 hours
Rainy days: 3 days
Precipitation: 82 mm (3,2")
July
Max average t°: +21 °C (70 °F)
Min average t°: +15 °C (59 °F)
Sundial in the day: 10 hours
Rainy days: 3 days
Precipitation: 56 mm (2,2")
August
Max average t°: +18 °C (65 °F)
Min average t°: +14 °C (57 °F)
Sundial in the day: 9,5 hours
Rainy days: 5 days
Precipitation: 87 mm (3,4")

(Petrozavodsk)

Summer Holidays

June 1st: International Children's Day
June 6: Pushkin’s Day (Day of Russian language)
June 12: National Russia’s Day
June 22: Day of Memory and Grief (beginning of WW II)

July 8: Day of Family, Love and Fidelity
July 28: Day of the Baptism of Rus

August 22: State Flag Day of the Russian Federation
August 27: Day of Russian Cinema

Autumn in Karelia

September – fabulous period when it's still warm enough, but there are no mosquitoes and midges, but there are lingonberries, cranberries and mushrooms, hunting and fishing.

In October it was considerably cooler, the weather is unpredictable, often frozen. In the woods to collect cranberries. Karelia is preparing for winter, comes in late autumn. But it's nice at this time to take a steam bath, sit by the fireplace on a cold autumn evening.


Climate of the Autumn Months

September
Max average t°: +12 °C (54 °F)
Min average t°: +9 °C (48 °F)
Sundial in the day: 6 hours
Rainy days: 3 days
Precipitation: 63 mm (2,5")
October
Max average t°: +6 °C (43 °F)
Min average t°: +4 °C (39 °F)
Sundial in the day: 3,5 hours
Rainy days: 3 days
Precipitation: 70 mm (2,8")
November
Max average t°: 0 °C (32 °F)
Min average t°: -1 °C (30 °F)
Sundial in the day: 1,5 hours
Rainy days: 3 days
Precipitation: 71 mm (2,8")

(Petrozavodsk)

Autumn Holidays

September 1: Day of Knowledge
September 3: Day of solidarity in the fight against terrorism
September 27: World Tourism Day

October 1st: Day of Older Persons
October 30: Day of Remembrance of Victims of Political Repression

Last Sunday of November: Mother’s Day

Winter in Karelia

Winter in Karelia is very insidious. Not only that, it lasts a long time (it can snow in October and hold out until the end of April), she may abruptly stop serious protracted thaws, alternating with sleet.

Heavy snowfalls. Another kind of feature. Snow in Karelia sometimes falls in such quantities that to move on the roads and highways becomes not secure. Especially in cases, when it comes to remote areas.

Climate of the Winter months

December
Max average t°: -4 °C (25 °F)
Min average t°: -6 °C (21 °F)
Sundial in the day: 1 hours
Snowy days: 2 days
Precipitation: 59 mm (2,3")
January
Max average t°: -7 °C (19 °F)
Min average t°: -8 °C (18 °F)
Sundial in the day: 1 hours
Snowy days: 2 days
Precipitation: 57 mm (2,2")
February
Max average t°: -7 °C (19 °F)
Min average t°: -9 °C (16 °F)
Sundial in the day: 1,5 hours
Snowy days: 2 days
Precipitation: 49 mm (1,9")

(Petrozavodsk)

Winter Holidays

December 9: Heroes of the Fatherland Day
December 12: Constitution Day of the Russian Federation

January 1-6,8: New Year holidays
January 7: Christmas
January 25: Tatyana's Day (a holiday for all students)

February 8: Day of Russian Science
February 23: Defender of the Fatherland Day


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