Yugyd Va National Park
|Yugyd Va National Park|
|Location||Komi Republic, Russia|
|Area||18,917 square kilometers|
|Established||April 23, 1994|
Yugyd Va National Park (Komi, Russian: Югыд ва) is a national park in the Komi Republic, a constituent republic of the Russian Federation. It is Europe's largest national park (ahead of Vatnajökull National Park in Iceland) and it was Russia's largest national park until the creation of Beringia National Park in 2013.
More than half of the park is covered with the taiga boreal forest; the rest is mostly tundra, found at higher elevations. There are also some 20 km2 of meadows, both alpine ones and those in the river valleys.
Some 180 bird species live in the park, some of them quite rare. Twenty fish species are known to inhabit the park's rivers and lakes. There are also five amphibian species and one reptile species in the park.
Among the mammals common in the park are the mountain hare, flying squirrel, reindeer, ermine, otter, Alces alces (known as the moose in North American English and elk in British English), wolf, fox, wolverine, bear, pine marten, weasel, Arctic fox.
Recreational uses of the park include rafting, boating, and hiking in the summer, Nordic skiing in winter. Limited hunting is allowed too, but permits have to be applied for several months in advance.
Due to the remote location of the park, the amount of tourism there is still quite low. According to the park's management, it is currently visited by some 4,000 tourists every year, which is much less than the park's potential recreational capacity. The management was concerned with the fact that the user fees (some 2.4 million roubles (US$100,000) a year) did not cover park expenses (some 5 million roubles (US$200,000) a year).
- "Clear future for the 'Clear Water', or how Yugyd Va National Park is to develop" Krasnoye Znamya (a local newspaper), 15 March 2006, No. 40. (in Russian)
- Yugyd Va National Park (official site) (in Russian)
- Park Map (in Russian)
- Yugyd Va National Park (Russian Ministry of Natural Resources site) (in Russian)
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