Aukstaitija National Park

Lithuania’s first national park – Aukstaitija – was established in 1974 and covers an area of 30 thousand hectares. Over 70 % of its territory is pine stands. Some of the pine trees are over 200 years old.
Scattered among the woods and hills are some 100 smaller and larger lakes, often interconnected by rivulets and streams. The largest of them is lake Dringis – 721 ha. The Tauragnas is the deepest lake in Lithuania – 60 m. The Baluosas features seven islands, one of which has a little lake of its own, feeding the Baluosas waters through a small stream.
The woods, marshes and meadows of the Aukstaitija National Park abound in rare plant species, including a number of plants that are listed in the Red Data Book of Lithuania and are protected as endangered species. The lakes and rivers, too, are rich in wildlife, from Canadian mink to a variety of birds that can bring quite a few exciting moments to a devoted birdwatcher.
The parks territory embraces some 80 settlements and villages, some of which have retained not only their old original layout but also archaic wooden farm buildings and other structures. The Paluse village, which is a tourist centre of the Aukstaitija National Park, was first mentioned in written sources in 1651. It still boasts an octagonal wooden church dating back to 1757. One of the most beautiful views of the park is accessible from the top of the Ledakalnis (Ice Hill).
Aukstaitija National Park is equipped with inexpensive camping grounds for those travelling by water or road. The campsites are well equipped with fireplaces, parking areas and other facilities.

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