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Roszapovedcenter Develops Tourist Routes in Arctic SPNAs

Work on the initiative has already begun, with specialists updating points for cruise tourists' embarkation and disembarkation.

11 August 2023

Roszapovedcenter is devising combined tourist routes through Special Protected Natural Areas (SPNAs) in the Arctic zone of Russia using both aviation and sea vessels. Participants in these routes will have greater mobility and will be able to visit more tourist destinations. This information was reported by the press service of the Russian Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.

This year in the Far East, cruise routes were launched for the first time, allowing participants to visit the Wrangel Island State Nature Reserve and Beringia National Park in the Chukotka Autonomous Area, the Commander Islands Biosphere Reserve and Koryak Nature Reserve in the Kamchatka Territory, and the Kurils Nature Reserve and Malye Kurily Refuge in the Sakhalin Region.

According to Roszapovedcenter, there are 14 nature reserves, 10 national parks and 8 wildlife refuges in the Arctic zone of Russia. In 2022, the Onezhskoye Pomorye National Park in the Arkhangelsk Region, as well as Kostomuksha Nature Reserve and Kalevalsky National Park in Karelia were the most visited sites. Approximately 30 thousand people visited each of these SPNAs.

In 2022, federal SPNAs saw a total of 14 million visitors, marking a 32% increase compared to 2021. Over 3.2 thousand tours were held for 42.5 thousand individuals, 88 contracts were signed between SPNA and travel agencies, and Arctic SPNA were visited by 425 organised children's groups (11.5 thousand individuals).


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