Vologda River

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Coordinates: 59°17′27″N 40°13′22″E / 59.29083°N 40.22278°E / 59.29083; 40.22278

Russian: Вологда
Vologda Zarechye.jpg
The Vologda River in the center of the city of Vologda
Mouth Sukhona
Basin countries Russia
Length 155 km (96 mi)[1]
Basin area 3,030 square kilometres (1,170 sq mi)[1]
The Northern Dvina River basin. The Vologda is shown on the map.

The Vologda (Russian: Вологда) is a river in Sheksninsky and Vologodsky Districts of Vologda Oblast as well as in the city of Vologda in Russia. It is a right tributary of the Sukhona River. It is 155 kilometres (96 mi) long, and the area of its basin 3,030 square kilometres (1,170 sq mi). The principal tributaries is the Toshnya (right). The river gives its name to Vologda Oblast and the city of Vologda which is located on the Vologda River.

According to the Max Vasmer's Etymological Dictionary, the name of the river originates from a Uralic language and means "a white city".[2]

The source of the Vologda is located in the western part of Vologodsky District. The river flows north, enters Sheksninsky District for several kilometers, returns to Vologodsky District and turns southwest. The valley of the Vologda is heavily populated. Upstream of the city of Vologda, the river accepts the Toshnya from the right and turns east, flowing through the city of Vologda. East of Vologda, the river flows northeast along unpopulated swampy area and joins the Sukhona in the village of Ustye-Vologodskoye.

The river basin of the Vologda comprises the major part of Vologodsky District, as well as minor areas of Sheksninsky and Gryazovetsky Districts of Vologda Oblast. It belongs to the basins of the Northern Dvina River and the White Sea.

The Vologda is navigable from its confluence with the Toshnya River, however, there is no passenger navigation.


  1. ^ a b Вологда (река в Вологодской обл.). Great Soviet Encyclopedia. 
  2. ^ Фасмер, Макс. Этимологический словарь Фасмера (in Russian). p. 110. 

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