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.

Anyone who at least once visited in Karelia, the soul will again seek here, a magical land of lakes and white nights. The amazing beauty of nature, well-developed service for tourists, a mild climate, internationally renowned tourist centers annually attracts thousands of people.


Weather and Climate

Spring in Karelia

In may, still no pesky mosquitoes in the summer. Winter has already passed their position, adds light day, and the sun increasingly warms the faces of outdoor enthusiasts. Just one day spent in nature under the spring sun, will not leave you unnoticed, because the next day you will be with a gorgeous natural tan!

Sometimes, in early may you can still get a last ice fishing near the shore of perch, roach. But, it is better not to risk it, especially already opened a river close to home, and directly from the Bank in the fun on a float to grub up roach and bream. Pike and perch in early may spawn. If the ice of Onego is already gone, there comes a time actively trolling for salmon.

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.

The climate of the spring months

(Petrozavodsk)

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")

Spring holidays

March, 3 - world day of the writer;
March, 7 - cross-veneration week of Lent;
March, 8 - International women's day;
March, 15 - world day of protection of consumer rights;
March, 19 - Day of the submariner;
March, 21 - Earth day;
March, 22 - world water day;
March, 25 - the day of worker of culture;
March, 27 - international theatre day;
March, 28 - the Entry of Christ into Jerusalem. Palm Sunday;

April, 1 - April fool's Day;
April, 7 - the Annunciation of the blessed virgin Mary;
April, 12 - Day of cosmonautics;
April, 13 - Radunitsa;
April, 24 - International day of youth solidarity;
April, 29 - International dance day;

May, 1 - the Holiday of Spring and Labour;
May, 6 - Day of St. George;
May, 9 - Victory Day;
May, 13 - day of the black sea fleet;
May, 15 - international family day;
May, 18 - day of the Baltic fleet;
May, 27 - all-Russian day of libraries;
May, 28 - day of border guards;
May, 31 - no tobacco Day.

Summer in Karelia

Summer's a great time for outdoor activities and the successful prekrasnogo to combine fishing with sightseeing of the Zaonezhye.

In June, the nature of the active wakes up, come true Karelian white nights. The sun briefly dips beyond the horizon, leaving spilled across the sky radiance to quickly start a new day.Still can successfully catch large bream, but now it's more evening fishing, when he goes to the shore for night feeding. Fishing becomes more dynamic, well caught pike, perch, roach, IDE, salmon.

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! Steam perch is a natural phenomenon, a classic for our Northern waters, when the lake near Lud and capes in a hot kitchen, fresh Northern summer appears suddenly and in a large number of very decent perch. Who ever got on steam a perch, you will not forget such fishing ever. Perch bite greedily, grabs everything from a worm to the spinner bait. Very effective is fishing the "meat", but about this in more detail we are told in the "Successful fishing".

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 we are starting the hunting season (usually 2nd or 3rd Saturday of August).

The climate of the summer months

(Petrozavodsk)

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")


Summer holidays

June, 1 - Children's Day;
June, 5 - Day of environment;
June, 12 - Day of Russia;
June, 22 - day of memory and grief;
June, 26 - international day against drug abuse;
June, 27 - youth Day;

July, 5 - day of workers of sea and river fleet;
July, 10 - the day of military glory;

August, 2 - the day of airborne troops. Railroad day;
August, 8 - Day of the athlete;
August, 15 - day of the archaeologist;
August, 19 - the Transfiguration of the Lord;
August, 22 - the Day of State flag of the Russian Federation;
August, 27 - day of Russian cinema;
August, 28 - Dormition of the blessed virgin Mary.

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. Although already cool to swim, Hiking 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. Fishing on the lake is unstable, but directly opposite the house on the fairway begins the Onega concentration of large perch, awaiting the freeze-up. Almost every day from the window you can watch the many boats of the village fishermen hauled the fish from the depth on the donkey. This fishing continues right up until November.

The climate of the autumn months

(Petrozavodsk)

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")

Autumn holidays

September, 1 - knowledge Day;
September, 3 - the Day of solidarity in the fight against terrorism;
September, 21 - Nativity of the blessed virgin Mary;
September, 27 - Exaltation of the Holy cross. Tourism day;

October, 1 - International day of older persons. International music day;
October, 5 - Teachers ' Day;
October, 14 - protection of the blessed virgin;
October, 30 - memory Day of victims of political repressions;

November, 4 - national unity Day;
November, 28 - Beginning of Nativity fast;
November, 29 - 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 (in recent years, not rare above freezing day in January and cold snaps at night), alternating with sleet. Drive with your car to check the tires. And carefully select shoes, even if you're going to stay in Petrozavodsk.

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.

The climate of the winter months

(Petrozavodsk)

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")

Winter holidays

December, 3 - international day of persons with disabilities;
December, 4 - Introduction to the Theotokos;
December, 10 - human rights Day;
December, 12 - Constitution Day;
December, 24 - the Day of military glory.

January, 1 - New Year;
January, 6 - Christmas eve;
January, 7 - Christmas;
January, 11 - Day of reserves and national parks;
January, 12 - Day of the Prosecutor of the Russian Federation;
January, 13 - Russian press Day;
January, 14 - Circumcision of our Lord;
January, 14 - Old New Year;
January, 18 - Epiphany eve;
January, 19 - the Baptism of our Lord. Epiphany;
January, 25 - day of the Russian students;

February, 14 - Valentine's Day;
February, 23 - Fatherland Defender's Day.