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Water transportation, motor ship trips to the Rurik's hill fort

Every day during summertime, the company Novturflot arranges motor ship trips along the river Volkhov and lake Ilmen (at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. every day from the Kremlin quay, there are also other trips if needed), daily evening trips with entertainment programme on board, as well as those including a visit of the legendary Rurik’s hill fort (2 times a week, on Saturdays and Sundays until the end of September).

Ilmen is a lake in the western part of the Novgorod region with picturesque beaches and reach history. It is included into the Baltic Sea basin of the Atlantic Ocean.

Volkhov is a full-flowing river in the northwest of the European part of Russia, in the Novgorod and Leningrad regions. Along its stream the following geographical objects are located: Veliky Novgorod, Krechevitsy district, urban-type settlement Krasnofarforny, the towns Kirishi, Volkhov, Staraya Ladoga settlement, and the town Novaya Ladoga.

The river Volkhov is 224 kilometers long. The river and the lake Ilmen are navigated from May, 1 to October, 30. During this period, self-propelled dry cargo vessels with the draft of 170 cm navigate the river. The dimensions of the vessels are limited by the size of two bridges, the first one on the downstream reach at 6.2 km in the village of Issad – its level is 10.18 from the water level 5.00, the second one is on the upstream reach of the river at 140.8 km in the village Volkhov Most – its level is 10.33 from the water level 18.00.

There is the Volkhov HPP with the gateway on the 27th km of the river. Its gate chamber is 144.5 m long, and 17 m wide.

All the way from the source to the mouth, the river Volkhov has the following dimensions: depth and width of the navigable pass is 500 m and 50 m respectively, the radius of the navigable pass turn is 500 m. There are no piers throughout the Volkhov river stream.

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