Seliger Lake, Ostashkov

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Seliger is a lake in Ostashkovsky District of Tver Oblast and, in the extreme northern part, in Demyansky District of Novgorod Oblast of Russia, in the northwest of the Valdai Hills, a part of the Volga basin. It has the absolute height of 205m, the area of 212km2, and the average depth of 5.8m.Lake Seliger is a large system of lakes linked by effluents, has many small islands and is surrounded by forests, including pine woods with many berries and mushrooms. It is one of the biggest natural lakes of Central Russia. The only outflow of the lake, the Selizharovka River, has its source at the southern end of the lake and drains into the Volga. The drainage basin of the lake includes the major part of Ostashkovsky District, south of Demyansky District, as well as minor areas in Firovsky District of Tver Oblast.Seliger is situated within a picturesque landscape of forests and hills. The lake is a protected nature reserve and is sometimes known as the "European Baikal" due to the diversity of its unique flora and fauna, similar to Lake Baikal. Valdaysky National Park covers the northern part of the lake.Every Year, Seliger camp forums bring together young people to study and discuss issues in political science, economics, art, literature and culture.
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  • Cycled past the lake and to the monastery. Absolutely beautiful and romantic. Great for wildlife, photography and sports. Roads a bit potholed as most of central Russia, lots of nice villages. Swimmin...  more »
  • I've been to Ostashkov for three times, always on winter, fortunately or not. Since I love cold and almost no limit for that, I faced tens under zero centigrades on there. Except the church and pinewo...  more »
  • two things to be done when u get there: take a boat-trip around the monastery as it is on the island to enjoy the views from the water, and get up to the bell-tower to enjoy the views from above. also...  more »