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The nature reserve, as a Federal budgetary institution, is a joint Directorate of the Kostomuksha Nature Reserve and the Kalevala National Park.

This means that one team is working with two different objectives and mode of protection of Federal specially protected natural areas (SPAs).

We are one of the 105 active nature reserves and one of the 50 national parks in Russia. There are 6 Federal specially protected natural areas in the Republic of Karelia, including 2 nature reserves - the Kostomuksha Nature Reserve and the Kivach Nature Reserve, and four national parks - the Kalevala National Park, the Vodlozero National Park the Paanayarvi National Park and the Ladoga skerries National Park.

We invite you to enjoy the unique beauty of the Kostomuksha Nature Reserve  and the Kalevala National Park!

Sergei Tarkhov



Here we analyze how the nature reserve differs from the national park and what they have in common.

If you have something to add or if you have some questions, feel free to write them in the comments.

Nature Reserve & National Park

1. Goals

Why were these protected areas created?

The Nature Reserve
The National Park

1. Protection of nature areas

2. Organization and conduction of researches

3. Environmental monitoring

4. Environmental education and the development of ecotourism

5. Assistance in the training of scientific personnel and specialists

1. Conservation of nature complexes

2. Preservation of historical and cultural objects

3. Environmental education

4. Creating conditions for ecotourism and recreation

5. Environmental monitoring

6. Development and implementation of scientific methods of nature conservation and environmental education

7. Restoration of disturbed natural and historical cultural complexes and objects

Implementation of the protection of nature areas in order to preserve biological diversity and maintain protected nature complexes and objects in their natural state.

Preservation of nature complexes, unique and reference nature places and objects


Restoration of disturbed nature complexes and objects

2. Prohibited activities

The full list of prohibitions can be found in the Federal Law №33-FZ on protected areas and in the Nature Reserves and National Park Regulations.

The Nature Reserve
The National Park

The protection regime of the national park allows independent visits to the territory for the purpose of recreation and tourism, with a permit and in places equipped for tourism and fishing. However, there are prohibitions.

In the territory of national parks, any activity that may harm the natural complexes and objects of the flora and fauna, cultural and historical objects and which contradicts the goals and objectives of the national park, is prohibited, including:

1. Industrial logging;

2. Exploration and development of minerals;

3. The hunt;

4. Visit without a pass;

5. Organization of mass sports and entertainment events, the organization of tourist camps, a campfire in the wrong places;

6. Being in the territory with a dog without a muzzle and leash;

7. Movement and parking of vehicles not related to the functioning of national parks;

8. Alloying wood in waterways and ponds;

9. Export of items of historical and cultural value;

10. Construction of facilities not related to the functioning of national parks and to ensure the functioning of settlements located within their borders.

Due to the fact that the main task of the reserve is to preserve nature in a natural state, the territory is completely withdrawn from economic use. On the territory of the state nature reserve, any activity that is contrary to the tasks of the state nature reserve and the regime of special protection of its territory established in the regulation on this state nature reserve is prohibited.

This means that it is forbidden:

1. Independently visit the territory;

2. To be in the territory without a pass;

3. Chop down trees (generally chop something);

4. Collect mushrooms, berries, wild plants (nuts, herbs, etc.);

5. To fish;

6. To hunt;

7. Build facilities not related to the activities of the reserve.

Things to do in protected areas

3. What is allowed

1. Conduct research (in agreement with the administration of the reserve);

2. Conduct environmental expeditions as part of environmental education for children and adults.

3. Visit ecological routes and trails with a guide;

4. Take pictures;

5. Participate in plein airs;

6. Conduct corporate, family and other trips in the framework of educational tourism and environmental education;

7. Participate in excursions, holidays;

8. Be a volunteer, help take care of nature.

1. To fish;

2. Collect mushrooms and berries;

3. Independently visit ecological routes and trails (if there is a pass);

4. Take pictures;

5. Participate in plein airs;

6. Participate in corporate, family and other trips;

7. Participate in excursions, holidays;

8. Be a volunteer, help take care of nature;

9. Participate in environmental expeditions for children and adults;

10. Make bonfires in specially equipped places for this.


Designed to ensure that animals live well, so that no one bothers them, does not break their homes; so that the laws of nature are not violated.

The visit is paid, only by passes and accompanied by a guide on the laid routes.

In fact, any intervention is forbidden, you can only enjoy beautiful landscapes, clear forests, air, water, take pictures of all this, upload it on social networks with the hashtag #kostzap.

Designed to preserve places of pure nature for people, so that we can leave the city for a week, live in the forest, take a walk in the clear forest, take a boat ride on the lakes, eat handfuls of lingonberries, go fishing, relax, gain strength, understand that nature is a source of health and must be protected.

The visit is independent, paid, with passes.