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  • Solovetskie Islands

    A gem of the White Sea area. It was founded more than 5 centuries
    ago by monks Zosima, German and Savvatiy.

  • Kiy Island

    This is a masterpiece of northern nature. In the small territory of the
    island one can see diversity of northern landscapes - granite rocks of
    many meters, small lakes hidden in the central part of the island.

  • Museum "Malye Korely"

    It is not just a museum of Pomor heritage. It is unique combination
    of landscape, monuments and folk art.

  • Pinega

    This is a place of amazing karstic caves that is a wonder created
    by nature. Underground karstic Pinega cave systems are the longest
    and the most numerous in Europe.

  • Nenetskiy Automnoumous Region

    Ethnic cultural tourism is developing rapidly. Visitors have a unique
    opportunity to observe everyday life of native peoples of the north.

  • Arkhangelsk

    The first seaport of Russia, "Gate to the Arctic", the capital
    of Pomorie, city of angels. What a rich variety of names
    for Arkhangelsk. This is the administrative center of the Arkhangelsk

  • Novaya Zemlya

    The largest archipelago in European Arctic region. 25 percent
    of its terrotory is covered with glacial ice. There is a national park
    "The Russian Arctic".

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Pomor Trades
There is a wrong opinion that the only trade Pomors had was fishing and this is a reason of forming an original name Pomor. northern territories were a special place among a few others where salt was produced. The Solovetskiy Monastery ran approximately 50 saltworks where up to 800 regular workers and about 300 part time hired ones were employed. Saltworkers of the Dvina Land and the Vologda Land produced up to 13- 17 tons of salt every year and for 200 years supplied many districts of the Moscow State with this product.

One of the oldest trades in Pomorjye was resin production. Resin was used to dub footwear, ski and wheels. It was utilized in shipbuilding industry, cable production and tanning industry. The quality of resin had to meet strict requirements.

Mica production played an important role in economy of Zavolochjye. It was especially high-developed in the 15th century. Mica was used to make windows and lamps. A need of outdoor lamps increased because of growing number of churches and monasteries. Outdoor lamps were used during cross procession. Mica was also used for decorating carriages of tsars and rich noblemen. Russian mica was acknowledged as the best in the world and was known in Western Europe and Asia as Muskovita.

Catchin pearl was a pretty popular unusual trade in Pomorjye. Pearl shells were extracted in mouthes of small rivers: the Solza River and the Syuzma River on the Summer bank, the Varzuga River and the Ponoya River on the Tyerskiy bank, the Kolyech district. State tax collectors deprived 10 percent of procuredd pearl for the Great Sovereign. This Sovereign's pearl was sent to Kola and then to Moscow. Pearl extracted from the Varzuga River was collected for the Patriarch treasury. Special tender feeling to pearl was arisen in Pomorjye and spread all over Rus among all segments of the people. A lot of pearl was used to decorate dresses and suits, headdresses and footwear.

Kokoshnik, XIX century. Lace, cotton fabric, nacre, gold threads, metal spangles.

Pomorjye abundantly supplied inner areas of the country with products of its local industries. Producs that were the most important are fish (especially salmon), salt, fat and sea animals' skin and fur. Foreign trade of the whole country was mostly concentrated in Pomorjye. Pomorjye was the main connection between European Russia and Sibir regarding trade. From ancient times the main business of population of the Pomor North was hunting and fishing. Fisheries were located everywhere- on seashores and rivers' banks. They provided the majority of population of this vast region with food. Every salmon hole (pantry), every fishing or hunting camp (Skyeya) or hunting area had its own native hosts who could sell their ownership, mortgage it as a whole or in joint ownership, lease and devise to their descendants or monasteries.

"The 7 wonders" of the Arkhangelsk Region


— this is the first seaport of Russia, a gateway to the Arctic, homeland of Pomor story tellers such as S. Pisakhov and B. Shergin, homeland of a snowman and this is a start point of all tour programs around the Arkhangelsk region. There is the first fortress of the Russian empire. This is the Novodvinsk fortress.

— this is a pearl of the Arkhangelsk region and spiritual center of Russia. People come here to strengthen their faith, find peace of mind and enjoy severe beauty of northern landscapes and ancient architecture.

— this is the smallest sea of the world's ocean. This is one of the three places in the world where amazing baby seals are born. There are famous islands of the Solovetskiy Archipelago. Here you can find the masterpiece of the northern nature which is the Stone Kiy Island. There is also the Modjyug Island that was used as a lighthouse during wars.

— this is the biggest museum of wooden architecture in Russia. In this open air museum one can learn unique northern architecture and take part in merry Pomor feast and carnival.

— this is the largest number of karts caves in Europe. Hardy explorers of this unique phenomenon of nature will open a real underground kingdom of ice.

— this is an ancient city of the Arkhangelsk region that demonstrates unique white stone architecture. This is a city museum where people carefully keep traditions of producing Kargopol clay toys.

— this is a homeland of outstanding Russian scientist and poet. Stubborn Pomor character is alive here. It became a start point of distinguished Russian science. For four hundred years Kholmogori carving bone art has been famous throughout the world.

— the Arkhangelsk region has a lot of miracles and weird things. You can see northern lights in the sky. A polar bear can pass you riding a piece of ice. You can find here a lot of things that you have never thought about. Come here! Every one will find its own miracle.

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