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Aukštaitija

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Prominent Šeimyniškėliai hill-fort NE of Anykščiai town.

Aukštaitija is a region of Lithuania.

Cities[edit]

  • Kaunas — the second biggest city in the country and one of the four cities that are not assigned to any ethnographic region; formally its southern half (left bank of Nemunas river) is in Suvalkija, while the main part with both historical Old Town and the centre belongs to Aukštaitija
  • Panevėžys - the second largest city of the region, its centre and unofficial capital
  • Anykščiai
  • Biržai
  • Jonava
  • Kernavė - former (first known) Lithuanian capital on the bank of Neris river; now a well-preserved archaeological site, a UNESCO World heritage site
  • Kėdainiai

Other destinations[edit]

  • Aukštaitija National Park — the first National Park, popular for water tourism and rural tourism
  • Zarasai — a central town of country's lake-land and resort area

Understand[edit]

Laboriai village, Pakruojis district in northern Aukštaitija: the last summer day features still warm weather but the sun does not rise high already.
An old bridge across the dry moat outside the Renaissance castle in Biržai town, northern Aukštaitija.
Rivulet Vadaktis, Ustronė village, Panevėžys district, Krekenava Regional Park. Coordinates 55°36'54.45"N, 24°6'7.42"E.
Confluence of Ukmergėlė and Šventoji in Ukmergė town, 430m from its very centre. Coordinates: 55°14'52.42"N, 24°46'6.77"E
View to Alksnaitis lake from Ladakalnis Hill in Aukštaitija National Park.
Wayside shrine (koplytstulpis in Lithuanian) and a mythological stone with pit in Stripėnai village, coordinates 55.51092, 25.772442.

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Get around[edit]

Most convenient transport is a car, though public transport (buses and trains) are available and useful. The land is rather flat on the west and hilly on the east, all suitable for bicycling. Canoeing is common in the eastern lakelands, although it is not considered a mode of transport but it surely is a mode of traveling over there.

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  • Natural sites
  • Historical objects
  • Mythological sites and objets

Itineraries[edit]

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Festivals[edit]

  • Tundra Aviliai II village, Zarasai district (NE part of the region, beach on the western side of Avilys lake), (). Weekend on the beginning of July. The greatest annual alternative electronic music open air festival in the Baltics. Has four scenes named after particular music style: Techno, Bass, Psy Trance, Chill Out. The festival program usually is divided into daytime and evening part. During daytime: various entertainments, lectures and workshops, some sport activities (football and volleyball courts); participation in the workshops involves such things like making the dream catchers, mandala weaving, body painting in Aztec patterns, Gong sound therapy, yoga, massage sessions. Various practical and exotic goods brought from India and Nepal can be purchased from artisans and vendors. Evening program is dedicated to music. The food usually satisfies everyone's taste, doesn't matter whether you like raw, vegetarian, or traditional food. Ticket ~€30 for 2 days/1 person. (55.7618648,26.0268970)
  • Velnio akmuo (Devil Stone), Dainuva Valley, Anykščiai (by Šventoji river 1km SW from Anykščiai centre, Central Aukštaitija, 114km away from Vilnius, 297km away from Klaipėda and 195km away from Riga (Latvia's capital)), +370 671 13542 (). Weekend on the middle of July. Annual open air festival of contemporary rock and metal music. Live music, original production, positive emotions - the festival exposes the real rock’n’roll spirit satisfying both the contemporary rock music and pure metal fans. Prohibited: drinks in glass containers, any alcohol, professional video recording equipment, any type of arms or potentially harmful items, narcotic substances, any offensive merchandise and literature. Umbrellas are not advised. Face control. Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. Single day ticket €23, four day ticket €38. All vehicles are charged additionally: festival has a separate secured area for parking motorcycles which is available for camping as well; vehicle parking incurs a one-off charge: motorcycle €6, car €7, camper van €15, bus €20; camping space is free of charge. (55.511758,25.084014)
  • Žagarė Cherry (Žagarės vyšnių fetivalis), Miesto Sq 40, Žagarė, Joniškis district (whole town and surroundings, NW Aukštaitija, 260km away from Vilnius, 177km away from Klaipėda and 95km away from Riga (Latvia's capital)), +370 426 60809 (). Weekend on the middle of July. A mouth-watering festival dedicated to famous variety of local cherry. Town turns into a fair, traditional to any lithuanian festival but with special focus on cherries and other garden goods: one can buy and enjoy old-fashioned cherry marmalade, homemade cherry wine, traditional cherry dumplings, still warm cherry pie. Some concerts, performances of guest and local artists take place in various locations, mostly in the park of Žagarė manor estate. Festival usually is superposed with Baltic League Show Jumping phase which takes place in local hippodrome. Most events are free of charge.
  • Granatos Live L. Lekaševičius St 2, Rumšiškės, Kaišiadorys district (Rumšiškės Open Air Museum, 2km SW from the A1 motorway), HQ: +370 5 210-7591 (). First weekend of August. International open air popular music and entertainment festival. The name is a pun in Lithuanian: the full word "granatos" means "grenades", and its second half "natos" means "musical notes", hence why you may come across the name styled like "Gra'Natos". It also is a hint as what one should expect from festival itself - explosion of music and positive emotions. Event starts in F and lasts for 3 days/2 nights. Reach: by car from the A1 motorway; buses from Vilnius and Kaunas run more frequently than every hour, get off at the stop Rumšiškės by the motorway itself, you have to walk 2km to the site then; by train - get off at the stop Pravieniškės, then go south 4.87km from the railway station to the festival site entrance. Entertainments: morning exercises (including zumba, tai chi, capoeira, kung fu), bubble football, poker and chess, army day camp, slackline, hot-air ballooning. One-day ticket €29, three-days ticket €38, three-days ticket with access to the camp site €42; parking fees: car €3, camper van €24.
  • Saulėtosios naktys (Sunny Nights), Gataučiai village, Joniškis district (as soon as you enter the village look for the festival signs by the left hand side; NW Aukštaitija, by the road A12 south of Joniškis; 258km away from Vilnius, 207km away from Kaunas, 30km away from Šiauliai), +370 673 65434 (). Second half of August. Open air, non-commercial, ideological festival bringing together like-minded artists, musicians and other creative people. Mission: express yourself. Events: Lithuanian and foreign musical performances of different genres (singing and poetry, rock and reggae, folk and rap), lectures on various topics, ideas on ecology, sport competitions, various creative projects, installations, dance, short movies. One of ideas of the festival is that each participant at the same time is the organizer. Catering: traditional and vegetarian meals at any time, possibility to prepare your food on the open fireplace. Facilities: bio toilet cabins, shower cabins. Event takes place within the territory of ~100 year-old homestead, camping zone alloted in the apple-tree garden. No pets allowed. ~€15. (56.154046,23.524376)

Other[edit]

  • Bicycling
  • Canoeing - Aukštaitija, especially its east, is rich in water tourism routes. Here below are presented main lakes and rivers:
  • Lakes - Aisetas, Alaušas, Asveja (most narrow lake in the country), Baluošas, Dysnai, Drūkšiai (largest lake in the country), Kiaunas, Lakajai (both Baltieji and Juodieji), Lūšiai, Rubikiai, Sartai, Tauragnas (deepest lake in the country), Zarasas, Žeimenys.
  • Rivers - Aiseta (very easy and very scenic river), Barupė (17km of lower reaches suitable for canoeing across interesting environment; then flows into Nevėžis which is suitable to proceed on), Dysna (flows mostly through very remote and wild environment), Saria (short, easy and nice river that flows into Žeimena which is suitable to proceed on), Dūkšta (suitable for creeking during floods), Kiauna (flows into Žeimena which is suitable to proceed on), Kriauna (very calm and easy), Lakaja, Laukysa, Ligaja, Lokys, Mera (flows into Žeimena which is suitable to proceed on), Minčia, Musė (most interesting section ~23km from Musninkai village up to the mouth), Mūšia (4km suitable for creeking during floods), Neris (second largest Lithuanian river; considered Aukshtaitian river although its middle reaches are in Dzūkija; one of two guileful rivers, additional vigilance and caution recommended), Nevėžis (class I of river difficulty, one of two guileful rivers, additional vigilance and caution recommended), Peršokšna, Siesartis (most interesting section from Antatilčiai village up to the mouth), Spengla (short, easy and nice river), Šventoji (prominent Lithuanian river, easy, nice and suitable all year round), Virinta (most interesting section from Kurkliai village up to the mouth), Žeimena (considered Aukshtaitian river, although its lower reaches are in Dzūkija).
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Mushroom/berry picking during the season
  • Organized tours:
  • Aukštaitija culinary tour
  • Beer tasting tour in Northern Lithuania
  • Ethnocosmology Museum excursion
  • Two-day trip across Selonia, including visit to Latvian half near Daugavpils
  • Trips by car

Adventure activities[edit]

  • Įstra Aviapark (Įstros aviaparkas), Stanioniai village, LT-38436 Panevėžys district (11km north from Panevėžys), +370 616 86996 (, fax: +370 45 554-332). By prior arrangement. Offer: sightseeing flight, flights by individual route, organization of various events, professional photo sessions from air, also outdoor tennis in a new artificial grass tennis court. Aerodrome asphalt runway is 600m x 20m, and a primer (gravel) runway is 800m x 40m; opened all year round. Has an Aircraft Museum, cafe-bar, conference hall and a motel. Guests have adequate conditions for either shorter or longer stay. Reservation fee €15 (reservation form in English on the website). Accommodation prices: standard room with 1 or 2 double beds €40, double lux with double bed €55. All services are prepaid, payment methods: cash, credit card, bank transfer.

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