Yelnya : the most popular bog of Belarus
In this journey you will learn interesting facts about the "lungs" of Europe, walk across the bog, breathe clean and fresh air, swim in local peat lakes. You will discover such unique plants as sundew, cotton grass, sphagnum, wild rosemary, watch and listen to the local birds. And with a qualified entomologist, you will observe the micro life, which is usually invisible - butterflies, dragonflies and other insects. Perhaps, after this day, the bog will become one of the favorite places to relax!
Saturday. In the morning we leave Minsk at 07:00. We reach the city of Miory, meet with our guide, a professional entomologist and move to the first trail of Yelnya bog. We will have a walk during which we get to know the plants growing at the bog, birds and animals inhabiting this place. And today insects of the bog are in our focus! We will catch them with special equipment and find out a lot of interesting and even funny facts about their life.
After a walk along the first trail we will go for lunch to an eco-lodge. You can expect nourishing and tasty meals cooked with local products in a Russian stove and on fire.
After we move to another bog trail. Here we again will be accompanied by an entomologist and will continue our discovery of the insects' world.
In the evening, we are arriving to an eco-lodge, where the dinner is already served! After that we will enjoy a steam of the sauna which is located just on the shore of the lake.
Sunday. Today we explore Yelnya from the southern side. We walk along a new eco-trail, and then accompanied by a local guide, who perfectly knows the area, walk along non-tourist paths deep into the bog, to picturesque peat lakes.
We have a picnic just right at the bog, near the lake. We provide food for the entire route, you have nothing to worry about!
On the way back we will visit a cafe in Hlubokae town for having a quick and tasty dinner. Arriving to Minsk about 23:00.
With a qualified specialist in the field of entomology we walk through the bog and pay attention to what usually remains imperceptible - butterflies, dragonflies and other insects. We will find out what butterfly eats sundew (and not vice versa!), who “charges” from the sun, and which insects are witnesses of the Ice Age.
Very interesting and unusual way to spend time in Belarus and see the beauty of its nature. The guide was very attentive and knowledgeable, I would definetely recommend this tours to foreigners coming to Belarus. They can custom-make your experience and organize everything for you. And - this is a social project helping rural Belarus discover and use its many unique features!Anastasiya Matchanka
We had such a great time touring the beautiful yelnya bog! Both our guide and tour organizer were very knowledgeable and passionate about the region. Highlights of the trip were getting to swim in two scenic bog lakes and having a delicious home-cooked meal at a homestead. I would definitely do this trip again and would love to try one of the other tours as well. Thanks again for the wonderful experience!Olivia Knodt
Included in the price:
- guidance by a professional entomologist and 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 (please let us know if you want to join with your own car - we will tell you about possible discounts);
- an English-speaking guide on the tour.
The listed price is relevant to a scheduled tour or a group of 12+ participants
Are you going to travel with smaller children? We can either organize an individual tour for you, an easier one; or contact us and we will describe you more precisely the routes of this tour, so you decide if that is suitable for your kids. Write us to make sure they would feel comfortable during the tour.
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