Vologda (river)

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. A right-tributary of the Sukhona, it is 155 kilometres (96 mi) long, and the area of its basin 3,030 square kilometres (1,170 sq mi). The principal tributary is the Toshnya (right). The river takes its name from the city of Vologda, which is located on the river Vologda.

Russian: Вологда
Vologda Zarechye.jpg
The Vologda in the center of the city of Vologda
Physical characteristics
 • coordinates
59°17′10″N 40°12′59″E / 59.2862°N 40.2165°E / 59.2862; 40.2165Coordinates: 59°17′10″N 40°12′59″E / 59.2862°N 40.2165°E / 59.2862; 40.2165
Length155 km (96 mi)[1]
Basin size3,030 square kilometres (1,170 sq mi)[1]
Basin features
ProgressionSukhonaNorthern DvinaWhite Sea
The Northern Dvina basin. The Vologda is shown on the map.

According to Max Vasmer's Etymological Dictionary, the name "Vologda" originates from a Uralic language and means "a white city".[2] Another, less reliable account suggests that the city was named after the river and its name should be translated as "white water"[3] Folk-etymology sometimes associates the name Vologda with the Russian word volok (Russian: волок)[4] meaning "portage" or "stretch of forest".[5]

The source of the Vologda lies 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 past unpopulated swampy areas 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 and of 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.
  3. ^ http://www.tehnotour.ru/info/opis/vologda.html
  4. ^ NB: Gilyarovsky, Vladimir Alekseyevich (1927). "1: Детство [Childhood]". Мои скитания: Повесть бродяжной жизни [My travels: a tale of a wandering life]. Classic Russian Non-Fiction (in Russian). IQ Publishing Solutions LLC. ISBN 9785447804800. Retrieved 2017-02-16. Vologda. Koren' etogo slova, dumayu, volok i tol'ko volok. [Vologda. The root of this word, I think, is volok and only volok.
  5. ^ волок in the Russian Wiktionary

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