Karelia of Viena: Day 3

Images from the Kalevala village of over 5000 inhabitants in Russian Karelia.


The old ladies sang in a fantastic manner old folk songs in Karelian, Finnish and Russian preserving the old folklore.

Karelia of Viena: Day 2

These parts of Russian Karelia have a special significance for Finns and a constant stream of Finnish – mainly male – tourists visit the area. These parts never politically belonged to Finland but they have a strong connection to the Finnish national epic Kalevala. Elias Lönnrot – collector of Finnish oral poetry best known for composing Kalevala found some of the best poem singers in this part of Karelia and in Uhtua – or as it has been called since 1961 – Kalevala. But this is probably not the main reason for the tourism today. More important is war history: Finnish troops got as far as the Kis-kis (previous posting) hill 18 km from Uhtua in the ‘Continuation War’ i.e. WW II. So the main interest are the traces of war history.

Before WW II Russian was not commonly spoken in this region but now it is the main language. Mainly the elderly still speak Karelian – a language close to Finnish – but it is still possible for a Finn to travel in the region without speaking Russian – you will always be able to find someone who speaks sufficient Finnish.

These three pictures are from Kalevala village (former Uhtua) lake Keski-Kuittijärvi.

Karelia of Viena: Day 1


A statue of the poem singer Mihkali Perttunen (also called Miihkali Arhippainen); a famous poem singer from the 19th century. Vuokkiniemi.


The village Vuokkiniemi.


A statue of a Russian soldier at the Kis-kis hill which was as east as the Finnish troops got in WW II on the road to Uhtua. Maybe this guy stopped “us”.

Vienan Karjala: päivä 1

Luomuvientirenkaan toukokuun kokous pidettiin rajan takana Kalevalassa. Alue ei tosin lähiaikoina tule olemaan luomuviennin kohdealuetta, mutta muuten monessakin mielessä mielenkiintoinen alue.


Ensimmäinen kuva Kostamuksesta. Suomalaisten aikoinaan rakentamat kerrostalot ovat hiukan siistempiä, mutta laitetaan tähän nyt tällainen ‘neuvostomallinen’.


Vuokkiniemen kylässä tuttavuutta halusi tehdä koira, jonka mielistely oli hiukan tunkeilevaa ts epämukavaa. Naamasta päätellen tappelussakin on oltu aika hiljattain.


Hautausmaat olivat runsaasti koristeltuja – muovikukilla.


Kalevalassa Keski-Kuittijärvellä porukka kävi kalassa. Useat veneet näyttivät hukanneen perämoottorinsa vuosikymmenien kuluessa.

Pietari

Petropavloskaja Troitskyi Most sillalta katsottuna.

ja näkymä alas Neva joelle; taitaa olla jokin neuvostoveneilyn helmi menossa ylävirtaan.


Hääpari Kesäpuutarhassa.


Joutilaita turistiveneitä Fontanka kanavalla Nevski Prospektin lähellä.