Carpathian mountains – arc or crescent-shaped mountains range stretches along Central and Eastern Europe. This 1500 km stretch passes through Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Hungary, Ukraine, Romania, and Serbia. Ukrainian Carpathian mountains are blessed with wonderful nature and if you are a nature lover then Carpathian mountains tour should be included in your Ukraine itinerary. So let’s check what to do in Ukrainian Carpathian mountains tour – Best day trips from Lviv and experiences the bliss of peaceful mountain lakes, flowing streams, roaring rivers, stunning waterfalls, earthy smell of dense hilly forests and fresh mountain air.
Carpathian mountains are located to the southwest corner of Ukraine which borders with Romania and Poland. I took this Ukrainian Carpathians from Lviv which is a beautiful historical city in western Ukraine. Lviv lies on the foothills of mountains and within a couple of hours drive, you are surrounded by hills, valleys, and mountainous regions. Click here to book the full day nature trip from Lviv.
What To Do In Ukrainian Carpathian Mountains tour – Best Day trips from Lviv | Lviv Excursions
After an hour drive from Lviv, the whole route or road passes through breathtaking views of mountainous curves, pine – fir forests, streams, rural-traditional hilltop villages, and gushing rivers. At many points, you can stop in between for taking photographs.
FIRST STOP – SYNEVYR LAKE | What To Do In Ukrainian Carpathian Mountains tour – Best Day trips from Lviv | Lviv Excursions
Synevyr lake is one of the most beautiful and largest lakes in Ukraine which is located at 989 m above sea level and surrounded by beautiful dense forest and meadows. Synevyr lake is known as “Pearl of the Carpathians.”
There is a beautiful legendary belief behind the formation of this lake. According to traditional local belief, it is said, that this mountain range belonged to wealthy Duke who had a beautiful daughter with emerald-blue eyes. Her name was Synya (“Syni” means blue in local language”). Synya fall in love with a local shepherd named Vyr who used to play flute in this region. But wealthy Duke was not in favor of this love and so he ordered the killing of Vyr. Due to this Syna ran to the sight of killing and cried a lot. She cried so much that her tears turned into a lake and as her eyes were emerald-bluish the water of the lake resembles her eyes. Therefore this lake is favorite among lovers and they come here to take their love vows.
According to science, it was created 10000 years ago after Ice Age period due to the huge earthquake. The forest around the lake is about 150 years ago.
Walk around the lake around the rough path and wooden bridges to enjoy the full beauty of the lake. For reaching the lake, you have to walk or hike a few meters after parking your vehicle. The streams flow along your walking path and passing through the pine/fir trees forest is worth here. You can hear the whispering trees and smell the forest air while walking. Feel the bliss of real nature while walking. If you want to stay near the lake Synevyr then click here to check the stay at cozy wooden styled Synevyrskyj Chardash.
The nearby lake is Brown Bears Rehabilitation Center. This center is opened to save endangered species of brown bears and some of them are rescued from circus & private zoos.
SECOND STOP – KOLOCHAVA SKANSEN VILLAGE | What To Do In Ukrainian Carpathian Mountains tour – Best Day trips from Lviv | Lviv Excursions
After enjoying Synevyr lake, drive to this authentic village for a small stopover. This authentic Ukrainian village with wooden huts and wooden fences is a perfect place to admire the lifestyle of Carpathian folk people.
Kolochava is a beautiful countryside village with fresh forest air and splendid scenery. You can wander around to check many wooden cottages, wooden churches and therefore it is known as museum-village. Click here to stay at Котедж Ялівець which is a perfect folk styled wooden cottage, at farm styled Staroe Selo or at Agio hotel at Kolochava
THIRD STOP – PYLYPETS – GYMBA MOUNTAIN| What To Do In Ukrainian Carpathian Mountains tour – Best Day trips from Lviv | Lviv Excursions
Pylypets is a ski-resort town and is favorite among skiers, hikers and winter sports lovers. Chair lift cable cars take you to top of Gymba mountain. In winters, the whole area is snow-clad and a favorable spot for skiers and winter sports. There are wide meadows with many slopes, trails for descending down during skiing. From the top of Gymba mountain, the view of countryside villages is amazing. In summers, when there is no snow, you can enjoy plucking blueberries when you descend down rolling hills. You can enjoy staying overnight at wooden cottages surrounded by pine and fir forests. Click here to book wooden chalet with ski access at Шалє у Пилипці or spa hotel amidst the Carpathians at Grand Hotel, Pylypets.
FOURTH STOP – SHYPIT WATERFALLS| What To Do In Ukrainian Carpathian Mountains tour – Best Day trips from Lviv | Lviv Excursions
After getting down from Gymba mountain you can either hike to this waterfalls or drive to that location. From Pylypets village, follow the signboard “Shypit waterfall” and approximately after 5 to 6 kilometers you will reach to the spot. From the parking spot, you have to walk or hike down the rough patch beside the stream of water to reach the falls. “Shypit” means “Whisper” and so accordingly you can hear the gushing sound of the waterfall from a far distance. This 14m high waterfall is located on Pylypets river and in an isolated peaceful place.
After spending a few hours here, we returned back to our Hotel Atlas Deluxe in Lviv. Apart from Lviv city tour, there are a couple of worth doing day trips from Lviv like Nature day trip and Castles day trip.
TIPS TO BE FOLLOWED DURING THE Best Day trips from Lviv | Lviv Excursions
- Wear comfortable footwear or hiking shoes as you may need to walk a lot whole day on rough patches and mountainous slopes too.
- Eat light as a whole day, you will be driving through mountainous curves.
- Carry a small snack and lots of water with you. You will not find any branded or fine dining restaurants. Most eateries are serving local food made by villagers.
- Buy some local produce sold by villagers like forest honey, berries tea, dried forest berries & edible flowers, berries wine, dry pollen, cheese, etc.
- Language can be a problem as rural folk doesn’t understand English. The people are welcoming.
- There are some nearby bus and railway stations but then you have to catch a cab or taxi to reach the tourist spot. So it is better to hire some private or public local guided tour from Lviv.
- Few overnight stay options are there but not many. Staying here is generally in traditional wooden cottages mostly ran by villagers.
- Start early from Lviv because it is the long hectic day on mountains with many stopovers. I recommend starting by 8:00 A.M. so that by 8:00 P.M. you are back to your hotel.
It is very sad that this beautiful mountainous region is very underrated in Ukraine. The Carpathians in Ukraine is not known to many people as a tourist destination and seems to be neglected. It is worth visiting here as this place has many beautiful places to see around and also a perfect relaxation spot with full of nature all around. If you are a nature lover, then plan your Carpathians Mountains tour this summer.
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