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Hike across the bogs

Days: 2
Travel theme: Natural history tour
City: Minsk
Method of conducting: Walking tour
Time and place of dispatch: 8:00 departure from Minsk. Departure from the parking lot near the metro station Borisovsky tract (on the side of BNTU) Ave. Nezavisimosti, 150.
Route: Minsk - Miory - Yelnya Reserve - Minsk

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The price includes

  • accompanying by a local guide;
  • accommodation in a lodge (double/triple rooms with a shared bathroom);
  • food (Saturday - lunch and dinner, Sunday - 3 meals/day);
  • transfer from Minsk and back (it's possible to join with your own car and get a discount if it's an individual tour);
  • an English-speaking guide on the tour.
Children are allowed only from 8 years old.

Additionally

What makes Belarusian wilderness so exceptional is the number of bogs around the country: they cover about 7% of the land! Here is a guided tour to the most picturesque upland bog of Belarus – Yelnya.

Have you ever walked at the bog? It is worth trying! The bog is an absolutely unique ecosystem, which plays an important role in cleaning the air of whole Europe. Our tour will take you to the most picturesque bog in Belarus - Yelnya. During the hike, you will learn more about the “lungs” of Europe, their inhabitants, such as sundew, cotton grass, sphagnum, goddess and others. In summer, we strongly recommend you to have a swim in famous peat lakes: it is absolutely amazing! It will not only soft your skin and strength your health, but will also be an exciting part of your travel experience.

Depending on a season, you can watch waders or cranes. If you are interested in a specialized birdwatching tour at the bog - let us know, we can provide that as well.

Have you ever walked at the bog? It is worth trying! The bog is an absolutely unique ecosystem, which plays an important role in cleaning the air of whole Europe. Our tour will take you to the most picturesque bog in Belarus - Yelnya. During the hike, you will learn more about the “lungs” of Europe, their inhabitants, such as sundew, cotton grass, sphagnum, goddess and others. In summer, we strongly recommend you to have a swim in famous peat lakes: it is absolutely amazing! It will not only soft your skin and strength your health, but will also be an exciting part of your travel experience.

Depending on a season, you can watch waders or cranes. If you are interested in a specialized birdwatching tour at the bog - let us know, we can provide that as well.

At Yelnya we will learn what is "ozeravka", and explore these mystical places by swimming in them! Peat lakes at the bogs are shallow and the water temperature is usually warm enough. Especially on a hot day, it's just an incredible pleasure to plunge into a lake with a peat bottom. Take our tourists' word for it: swimming at Yelnya is one of the most vivid impressions of the trip!

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Ландшафтный заказник «Ельня»
Miory

The landscape reserve “Yelnya” is a well-known bio-object of the Republic of Belarus. This is the oldest lake and big complex in the Vitebsk region...


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