True, not always, but only when the President comes to visit the participants of the youth forum held annually on Lake Seliger. And here is the morning, as in the picture of Ivan Shishkin, the sketches to which the artist did on one of the Seliger islands can be observed in the local pine forests every day.
Only better without bears.
Seliger is a lake region of exceptional natural beauty, conveniently located on the Valdai Hills, on the territory of the Tver and part of the Novgorod Region, between Moscow and St. Petersburg. And one of the most popular places for outdoor recreation in European Russia – the status of the resort of this area was assigned in 1974.
Lake Seliger has formed a glacier that has been digging into the ground, and the channels from this have been filled with water. Therefore, Seliger is a chain of lakes connected by channels.
One hundred and ten rivers flow into Seliger, and only one of the Selizharovka flows out of the lake.
Nearby cities: Ostashkov, Tver, Rzhev.
How to get there. From the capital to Seliger lead two major routes – Leningradskoe and Novorizhskoe highway.
By train to Ostashkov 11 hours, by bus – 6. Distance – 400 km.
What to see. Nilova desert where pilgrims flock.
The only city on Seliger is Ostashkov, washed on three sides by water, which is called the “Russian Venice”. An ancient wooden church on the Shirkovy Pogost on the bank of Lake Peno.
Where to rest. The coastline of Seliger – picturesque bays or peninsulas, covered with centuries-old pines.
Pine forests, light even in the most cloudy weather, filled with the scent of pine needles, are full of blueberry and cowberry thickets, mushrooms in August.
There are many islands here – only 168, there are still inland lakes between them, and on some inland lakes there are also own islands. A sort of lake nesting dolls!
Rest on the Seliger is not cheap, although the service and infrastructure are rather weak. But as regards the choice of locations, there are many.
From chic club hotels, recreation centers with children to private houses that locals rent to tourists. Moreover, hotels are spread out on many islands.
And here you can set up a tent. And right on the shore of the lake, the benefit of the coast is flat and sandy.
There are many beaches and small beaches, which are perfectly suitable and even for small children who cannot swim.
Why, how is the sea? And because Lake Onega is the second largest reservoir in Europe, after Ladoga, its area is about 10,000 square meters. km, which is quite comparable with the area of small European states. And also because such winds — breezes — that they blow here, are more characteristic of marine expanses.
And also because fishing on Lake Onega (with the exception of coastal amateur fishing) has a pronounced “sea” character. A prerequisite for safety and successful fishing in an open lake is a seaworthy, high-speed boat with a powerful engine and navigation equipment.
Nearby cities: Petrozavodsk, Kondopoga and Medvezhiegorsk, Pryazha, Pudozh.
How to get there. The distance from Moscow to Petrozavodsk is 1,010 km, and 412 km from St. Petersburg.
You can go by car or train, fly by plane.
What to see. The main attraction of the lake is Kizhi Island with the same name State Historical-Architectural and Ethnographic Museum-Reserve. On its territory there are 89 monuments of wooden architecture of 15-20 centuries.
And here there are the so-called Onega petroglyphs – rock paintings of primitive civilization, which are about 5 thousand years old. Petroglyphs are scattered in scattered groups on the cliffs of several capes. And in the waters of Lake Onega since 1972, at the end of July, the largest in Russia “Onega sailing regatta” – the open sailing championship of Russia among cruising yachts of the Open800 class – is held every year.
Worth a look!
Where to rest. The Vodlozersky National Park invites you to relax with children – the largest national park in Europe with an area of 500 thousand hectares, one third of which is located in Karelia, the rest is taiga and located in the Arkhangelsk region.
There are animals, birds, fish, and also more than 100 lakes.
Tourist services of the park are designed for small groups who want to enjoy nature without modern amenities. For tourists, built 80 “parking” with houses, baths and moorings.
In the park you can swim in a kayak, go in for sports rafting, skiing or motorcycle snowmobiles. The service is comparable to the Seliger.
Lake Baikal is the largest freshwater lake in Eurasia. The deepest lake in the world.
Depth – 1642 meters. The water reserves here are gigantic – 23,615.39 km³ (about 19% of the world’s freshwater reserves of the lake).
In terms of water reserves, Baikal ranks second in the world among lakes, second only to the Caspian Sea.
Baikal is one of the most amazing places on the planet. The lake, whose history is more than 10 million years old, attracts people from all over the world every year.
The nearest city is Irkutsk.
How to get there. There are trains to Moscow from Irkutsk and planes fly.
Irkutsk is 70 km from Baikal, which can be reached by train, bus, minibus, taxi or boat.
What to see. Despite the rich history of these places, the most valuable sights Baikal gave not history and culture, but nature.
Moreover, much here is preserved in the same form as many years ago. It is interesting to go to the island of Olkhon, see the shaman’s stone and the Devil’s finger, petroglyphs (they are also there), Mount Jord and much more.
Where to rest. Summer vacations on Baikal are chosen not only by residents of Russia, but also by foreigners. And, every year, they come here more and more.
Prices for recreation are very affordable, entertainment – a full range for every taste and for any age. These are fascinating excursion programs, hiking tours, cycling trips, quad bike safaris, and adrenaline rides along the rivers.
The tourist camps on Baikal invite visitors all year round. But, of course, rest is more varied here in summer.
You can go to the mountains, take a ride on clear Baikal water on a snow-white motor ship, drive on the water surface on a scooter, rush on a “banana” with a breeze, or just soak up the sun.
Pleshcheyevo is a beautiful lake of the Central Russian strip, around which people have long settled. Almost correct oval, 30 thousand years old, with a coastline of 27 km.
Nearest town: Pereslavl-Zalessky
How to get there. From Moscow by intercity bus to Pereslavl-Zalessky, then by taxi. Or by train.
It is also possible by car: from the Moscow Ring Road to Pereslavl-Zalessky, the distance is 120 km, although the path runs along one of the busiest on weekends, the Yaroslavl Highway.
Where to rest. Near the coast there is a very long stranded, so the kids will enjoy swimming here. But not only them.
It is for this property that windsurfers and kitesurfers have chosen Plescheevo Lake, or as they used to call it – Plescheka. It is very convenient to learn to swim on the boards because even if a beginner windsurfer blows away from the coast, he can always go back on foot. Plescheevo lake is very clean.
To the depth of three meters you can see the bottom, which is covered with sand. In deeper places there is silt.
Not far from Pleshcheyeva Lake there are several tourist bases and recreation centers.
What to see. The ancient city of Pereslavl-Zalessky is cozy located on the banks of Lake Pleshcheyevo.
Today this place is a reserve with the same name, a popular place for recreation and fishing. Being on Pleshcheev, you should definitely make an excursion to the pagan sanctuary of Blue Stone, or visit the legendary Alexandrov Mountain.
Since ancient times, the mountain is popular with women who want to get pregnant, and to do this, you must move out with her on the nude fifth point. Interesting are the Museum of the History of Money, the Museum of Cunning and Witness, the Goritsky Monastery, Varvarin Spring, the Nikitsky Monastery (founded around 1010).
And on the southern coast of the lake is the museum-estate “Boat of Peter I”, where the only ship from the whole “Fun Amusement Flotilla” of Peter I, preserved to our days, is exhibited – the boat “Fortune”.
The area of Lake Peipsi (one of the parts of the Lake Peipsi-Pskov complex) is more than 2,600 square meters. km But it is not entirely ours.
Estonia owns the northern and western shores of the lake, and Russia – the eastern. The border of Estonia and Russia runs along the water surface approximately in the middle.
The nature in the surroundings is unique, the landscape is decorated with deciduous forests and sand dunes covered with pine trees. Panorama reminds Riga seaside.
In the coastal zone is found more than 50 species of birds and animals. The water in the lake is very clean, the bottom is sandy, the banks are overgrown with reeds.
On the lake are 29 islands, the largest and only inhabited belongs to Estonia. The lake attracts lovers of untouched nature as a resting place, and on weekends many residents of Pskov and St. Petersburg come here.
The climate of the region around Lake Peipsi is a bit like the sea and is generally considered to be moderately cold and humid. Summer temperatures are quite comfortable, in the afternoon the thermometer rarely reaches the 30-degree mark.
Nearby cities: Gdov, Pskov, St. Petersburg.
How to get there. From St. Petersburg to the city Gdov way is about 250 km. To go by car or by train.
From Pskov – half an hour. Or it is necessary to take the train from the Baltic Station of St. Petersburg to the station Gdov.
Where to rest. The beaches on the lake are sandy, very comfortable.
But it must be admitted (with chagrin) that the most beautiful is on the Estonian coast, this is Kauksi beach, known not only for its picturesqueness, but also for “singing” sand.
On our shores of the lake are many boarding houses, camp sites and children’s camps. All of them are in steady demand during the summer months: beautiful countryside and a healthy environment are the main reasons.
What to see. The largest city on the Russian coast is Gdov (of the sights here is the Cathedral of Our Lady of Power and the Gdov Kremlin). In 71 km from it is located Kobylie Mound, and in it is the famous Crow Stone, from which Alexander Nevsky led the Russian troops during the Ice Slaughter.
In the village of Domzhirka, near the lake, you can see the Church of the Holy Trinity, the Church of Peter and Paul in the village of Vetenik, the Intercession Church in the village of Lake and the Church of St. Nicholas in Remde.