From Synevyr to Kolochava by Bicycle. Past the Unique Hlykhania Bog

Bituminous road surfacing allows two-wheeled access to many objects of Synevyr Park. In particular, it leads to the lake itself, to the Museum of Forest and Rafting, to White Beast Цaterfall, or to the Rehabilitation Center for Brown Bears. You can reach the most remote locations of the park, which are difficult to reach by car, using the mountain bikes.

But, if you are not a professional, and the weather will allow it during your trip, we advise you to set out a dayб and go from Synevyrska Poliana to Kolochava by bike.

Bicycles can be rented at local estates or hotels - often, the owners offer this service in the warm season. But you should also keep in mind that you often have to drive on highways, so don't forget about safety.

The distance is about 30 kilometers. But the trip is greatly facilitated by the fact that the road from Synevyrska Poliana mostly goes down.

After driving most of the way (16 kilometers), you should stop outside the village of Synevyr in front of Negrovets. Since, there is a unique place - Hlukhania bog to the right of the road.

For most of us, the bog is not associated with very pleasant experiences. But in this case - it is useful and necessary for nature. The bog accumulates water and prevents floods, releases water when there is a drought, and stabilizes the ambient temperature. Also, there are many unique plants there.

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When you reach Kolochava, 5 kilometers away from Hlukhania bog, we advise you not to miss the unique Church of the Holy Spirit. It was built in the late XVIII century without a single nail. Now, there is a museum here. You can see it to the left of the road.

If you turn right from the main road, 3 kilometers away from the church, you will arrive at the “Old Village” open-air museum. Here, the village of ancient Verkhovyna is recreated from authentic exhibits, which acquaint us with the 300-year history of life of locals. The museum presents cultural monuments of different times and different segments of the population both by social status (poor, middle class), and by type of activity (shepherds, loggers, carpenters, shoemakers). As Kolochava unites the culture of Hutsuls, Boyks, Lemkos, Hungarians, Romanians, Germans, Jews, Czechs and Slovaks, these features will also be introduced to various exhibits, including national clothing.

In early spring the crocus valley blooms in the “Old Village” Museum in Kolochava. Heifel Saffron (Crocus Heuffelianus Herb) is an endangered fancy early spring plant. The first flowers usually appear in Kolochava from March 20 and bloom massively around April 25.

You should not forget about the safety rules when going for a bike ride in a nature park, as well as remember that the weather can often change. Therefore, always plan your route in advance and calculate your strength.