The village of Black River on the White Sea

The village of Black River in North Karelia is as isolated place as I’ve ever seen, with absolutely no car access. To get there you need to arrange to be met with a boat at the Polyarny Krug camp in Nilma. The permanent (wintering) population is 7-10 persons, and it gets up to a hundred in the summer. Locals don’t generally like tourists but if you have a valid reason to visit this community populated mostly by Moscow biologists they may welcome you. Below are a few of many photos taken during our recent 4-day stay in Black River.

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Just loaded onto a boat at the Polarny Krug camp at Nilma

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Off to Karelia for four days tomorrow morning

The destination is the village of Chernaya Rechka (“Black River”) near Nilma. The village is famous for its remoteness, with no roads leading to it, and for the fact that most houses there are owned by biology professors from St. Petersburg and Moscow, one of whom we’ll be visiting.

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