Lake Sinevir

After a night of thunderstorms and heavy rain, we wake up to clear skies and crisp mountain air. The surroundings are just stunning!

 Arnika Hotel complex viewed from above
Arnika Hotel complex viewed from above

 

 Enjoying the morning sun after last night
Enjoying the morning sun after last night’s thunderstorm

 

The hotel complex has it’s own peculiar style…

 Inside the hotel
Inside the hotel

 

 Wonky staircase
Wonky staircase

 

 The hotel at ground level
The hotel at ground level

 

 Big truck, small bikes
Big truck, small bikes

 

 Korpus 1
Korpus 1

Today we take it slow, so we start with a delicious breakfast on the sunny terrace: cappuccino, crepes, oatmeal pudding with local honey…

 Starting the morning in style
Starting the morning in style

 

 Kasja!
Kasja!

 

 Delicious breakfast!
Delicious breakfast!

Around 11AM we decide to walk to the lake. According to the hotel manager it’s not far and you can walk the entire tour around the lake.¬†So off we go!

 Lake Sinevir
Lake Sinevir

 

 Interesting vehicle. Note the fuel tank.
Interesting vehicle. Note the fuel tank.

It’s quite a steep climb and we are passed regularly by the local taxis carrying the most extraordinary loads up and down the hill.

 Local taxi service
Local taxi service

The lake and its surroundings are a national park, so no fishing, swimming or camping is allowed. This has of course its influence on the local wildlife.

 Ferry
Ferry

The edges of the lake are swarming with tadpoles, who in turn attract a lot of fish.

 Fishing for tadpoles
Fishing for tadpoles

 

 Where
Where’s Wally?

And we are definitely not the only ones who have noticed the enormous amounts of frogs in the making.

 Intriguing isn
Intriguing isn’t it?

 

 Thousands of little tadpoles!
Thousands of little tadpoles!

We decide to walk the enitre tour of the lake. The path takes us along the shores. It’s nice and cool up here in the hills, shaded by the trees.

 View on Lake Sinevir
View on Lake Sinevir

 

 Taking a stroll around the lake
Taking a stroll around the lake

 

 Beautiful views on Lake Sinevir
Beautiful views on Lake Sinevir

 

 Sinevir in the morning sunlight
Sinevir in the morning sunlight

 

 Jo posing!
Jo posing!

 

 Beautiful views on Lake Sinevir
Beautiful views on Lake Sinevir

 

 Selfie at Lake Sinevir
Selfie at Lake Sinevir

 

 Lake view from the far side
Lake view from the far side

 

 Vir and Sin at Lake Sinevir
Vir and Sin at Lake Sinevir

 

 Jo at Lake Sinevir
Jo at Lake Sinevir

 

 Selfie at Lake Sinevir
Selfie at Lake Sinevir

 

 Flying colours
Flying colours

 

 Vir and Sin at Lake Sinevir
Vir and Sin at Lake Sinevir

 

 Lada Dakar 4WD
Lada Dakar 4WD

in about 45 minutes we are back where we started. After all the stories and descriptions we got from the hotel manager, we thought it would have been bigger and a bit more impressive. It’s also getting busier. Seems that a lot of locals have decided to spend their sunny Sunday afternoon at the lake. So we decide to head back down again and spend a lazy afternoon on the sunny terrace.

 

 

 The master of the playgrounds
The master of the playgrounds

 

 Local taxi.
Local taxi.

Late afternoon the skies are getting darker again and the next thunderstorm is moving in.

 Wet car park
Wet car park

 

 Misty mountains
Misty mountains

 

We move into the bar for some dinner and drinks and start talking to some other tourists. They clearly had a lot more of the strong stuff than we did, but we play along and we have a great evening!

 

 Being silly with the locals
Being silly with the locals
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dreamer - traveller - citizen of Enduristan

When I'm not out there discovering the world on my motorbike, you can find me crouched on the sofa dreaming of far away destinations in travel guides, blogs and maps.