From Voknavolok one may also visit the Sudnozero village, which lies in the middle of the Kalevala national park. Dining and accommodation services are also provided in the village. Reservations are recommended.
The wilderness forest area of Vienansalo, around the runo-song villages of Western Viena Karelia, has been granted national park status. In the Kalevala National Park one can experience the true peace of nature, listen to the sounds of the wilderness and to its silence, and roam in a virgin forest. There one may spot a multitude of animals in their natural habitat.
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"Village" means nothing in Viena without the waters and forests that surround the dwellings. Fishing is vital to the Karelians as much as a manifestation of the immeasurable depth and antiquity of their culture as a source of food. Likewise, the forest yields much more than just game: it provides wood for houses and storage buildings; boards for boats; birch bark used for knapsacks and other containers; wood strips for baskets; moss for insulation between logs; berries to help survive the winter; cones to feed cows and sheep; and hay from its meadows, marshes and river banks.