"skate on the Neva"
Map of the Neva River
Public DomainMap of the Neva River - Credit: Wikimedia Commons

The Neva river runs from Lake Ladoga in northwestern Russia through to the Gulf of Finland. It is the third largest river in Europe (after the Volga and the Danube) and it links four cities to the sea – Saint Petersburg, Shlisselburg, Kirovsk and Otradnoye.

The Neva has a rich history. It was the site of the Battle of the Neva in 1240, the founding of Saint Petersburg in 1703, and the Siege of Leningrad in WWII.