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- The Different Seasons Of Ukrainian Carpathian Mountains - September 5, 2017
The Ukrainian Carpathian Mountains (or as Ukrainians call them – the Carpathians, for short) will definitely reward each and every one who comes to visit them – with some stunning views. The mountains are shrouded with mystery, the beauty of coniferous forests, the general sense of happiness, and of course – some very clean and fresh air.
Regardless of the month, whenever you decide to visit the Carpathians – each season will have something special and unique to offer: a Winter would cover the mountains with pure white snow and you will have an opportunity to discover and enjoy some old Ukrainian Christmas traditions; when Spring would arrive, the mountains will become so colorful, that snowdrops and saffron flowers will make the scenery look like a true fairytale. The Summer is the season for mushrooms and berries, while the Autumn will showcase a red and yellow tale of nature, slowly falling asleep into the long and deep Winter.
If we translate the name from the Armenian language – the Car means stone, and the Pat – means the wall; combined together it would literally mean – the stony wall! The name could represent the natural boarder between Ukraine and the neighborhood countries of Hungary, Romania, and Slovakia.
The huge Carpathian mountain system, with its approximate total length of 1,600 km, starts near Bratislava (Slovakia), passes through Ukraine, and ends in Romania. In Ukraine the Carpathians cover four regions – that of Lviv, Ivano-Frankivsk, Zakarpattia and Chernivtsi. The highest mountain peak in the Ukrainian Carpathians is Hoverla Mountain with its height of 2,061 meters!
Rakhiv and Verkhovyna are the cities located at the height of 820 meters and 650 meters respectively, above the sea level, and from here you can easily start your journey around the mountains. The best way to reach the Carpathians is by train or by car. Of course by car it’s a lot more comfortable. In regards to the train, wether you are traveling from Lviv, Kyiv or other parts of Ukraine – you can book your tickets to the Vorokhta, Yaremcha, Ivano Frankivsk, Chernivtsi or the Rakhiv stations. After that you can either take a taxi, a local bus, or again -rent a local car.
So when you plan your trip to Ukraine, try to add a few more days to your itinerary, and spend them in the Carpathians – you will definitely love it!
– The Carpathians’s Winter –
– The Carpathians’s Spring –
– The Carpathians’s Summer –
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