Svir river is located in the north-east of Leningrad Oblast, Russia. It flows from Lake Onega west to Lake Ladoga, thus connecting the two largest lakes of Europe. It is the largest river flowing into Lake Ladoga. After Peter the Great connected the Svir with the Neva River by the Ladoga Canal, the river has been part of the Volga-Baltic Waterway. There are two hydroelectric power plants on the Svir.
The towns of Podporozhye, Lodeynoye Pole and Svirstroy are located on the Svir River. The river flows past the Alexander-Svirsky Monastery, which used to house Svirlag (one of the most infamous gulags).
Things to See and Do
* Lodeynoye Pole
* Alexander-Svirsky Monastery
Cruise Season – March - Nov
Currency – Ruble (RUB)
Language – Russian
Land Area – 84,500 sq km (Leningrad Oblast)
Population – 1,700,000 approx (Leningrad Oblast)
Electricity – 2 round pins European style
Time – GMT plus three hours
International Country Telephone Code – + 7
Port Location – There are ports located at towns situated along the Svir River.
Travel Links – The Svir River can be accessed by boat from St Petersburg.