Lake Saimaa
       
     
The Land of Kalevala
       
     
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Footprints of Ice Age
       
     
Sorsa means Duck
       
     
Sacred forest
       
     
Log Houses
       
     
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Uninhabited Island
       
     
Endless forests
       
     
Spider's net in the forest
       
     
Footprints of great history
       
     
The kindom of wood
       
     
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Lake Saimaa
       
     
Lake Saimaa

Ancient rocks are covered with cave paintings made around 10.000 A.D. by ancient Finns.

The Land of Kalevala
       
     
The Land of Kalevala

The land of Kalevala is ancient Karelia, what is nowadays a part of Eastern Finland and Northern Russia. For centuries this huge lands were a home for very unique ethnos.

This view from Koli peak drove Jean Sibelius to compose his Finland -symponie. 

Walking on wood
       
     
Walking on wood

Walking on the wooden roads was very natural for inhabitants of northern territories, where wood was the most versatile and affordable material.

Wooden bridge over swamp, Small Karelia village, Archangel, Russia. 

Footprints of Ice Age
       
     
Footprints of Ice Age

Rocks and stones of modern Finland were crashed by the great glacier of the last Ice Age.

Sorsa means Duck
       
     
Sorsa means Duck

Duck was a sacred bird for ancient Finns. They believe that the universe was created from the duck's egg by Kalevala's god Väinämöinen.

Sacred forest
       
     
Sacred forest

Karelian people feels forest in a very different way. Forest is alive, it can feed you if it want and if can kill you. It was a sacred place.

Log Houses
       
     
Log Houses

Living in the middle of endless forests means for Karelian people building houses entirely of wood. Glass and iron nails were very valuable and were used rarely.

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Uninhabited Island

The Great lake Saimaa has around 14.000 islands, 90% of them uninhabited.

Endless forests
       
     
Endless forests

Early morning over Koli National park, Finland

Spider's net in the forest
       
     
Spider's net in the forest
Footprints of great history
       
     
Footprints of great history

She-goat on the wall on Karnakoski redut, Finland.
Karnakoski redut was built by generalissimos Alexander Suvorov by the appointment of Queen Catarina the Great in order to protect the Russian capital of St.Petersburg from Sweds.
 

The kindom of wood
       
     
The kindom of wood

Ancient Karelians has no more closer and versatile material than wood. Wood was used for producing literally everything.

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