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🕒 Date of last update of the article: 06.01.2024 at 9:14 p.m   |  🖋 Author: Viktor Shatrov

One of the most interesting and attractive places for tourists Transcarpathia there is a magical high-mountain lake Synevyr. It is also called the “Sea Eye” Carpathians. Lake Synevyr is located on the territory of the former Mizhhirya district of Zakarpattia region (now the enlarged Khust district). The height of this place is 989 metres above sea level.


A brief overview

🗺 Location N48°37′00″ E23°41′02″
🌊 Lake type Alpine, freshwater
🏔 Height 989 m
🗾 Area About 7 hectares
💦 Maximum depth 24 meters
🌡 Maximum water temperature 18 °C
🧭 Distance from the village Synevyrska Polyana 5 km
🚙 Road for Auto, on foot
🏕 Stop with a tent Yes
🏡 Housing nearby Synevyrska Polyana
☕ Cafes and shops Synevyrska Polyana

A trip to Lake Synevyr

From the village. Mizhhirya The lake is 32 kilometres away. The way to it is a very picturesque, but not entirely comfortable road. Therefore, it is best to get to this place by your own SUV. The road runs alongside the Volovets stream, then you should turn sharply to the right and climb into the mountains along the picturesque Synevyr Pass, which is located at an altitude of 800 metres. You should stop at the top and admire the incredible beauty of the Carpathians! To the west, you can see the charming Borzhavska Polonyna, to the south is the Pastushyi Verkh ridge, to the southeast you can see Mount Strymba (1719 metres high), and to the north is the majestic Kamyanka Mountain (1578 metres).

Somewhere down below, like a scattered necklace of pearls, the snow-white houses of the village of Synevyr are strung on the blue ribbon of the Tereblya River. A whole cascade of artificial barriers has been built on this river, providing favourable conditions for trout breeding, which is the main Carpathian fish delicacy.

Temperature on the Synevyr now:

0.5o C   |   32.8o F

On the map

Rest on Lake Synevyr

The road to Synevyr runs parallel to the Tereblya River. We leave behind the small village of Synevyrska Polyana with a population of 1354 people and the 18th-century Church of the Intercession, which is known to connoisseurs of sacred wooden architecture.

After another four kilometres uphill, we will see the tourist centre “Synevyr”. This means that there is only one and a half kilometres of road left to reach the coveted lake, which is worth covering on foot. Behind the trees, incredible mountain views are already reflected on the surface of the clear water. On the shores of the Sea Eye there is a wooden hotel, a restaurant and several gazebos.

Entrance to the territory of Lake Synevyr is paid. However, the prices for visiting this picturesque attraction are very affordable. For adults, the price is 60 UAH, for children – 30 UAH, and an additional 75 UAH is required to enter the lake by car. The money goes to the account of the Synevyr National Nature Park, where the magical lake is located.

If you wish, you can take a wooden raft to the centre of the lake, where there is a small island.

A little history about the Sea Eye of the Carpathians

Scientists believe that Lake Synevyr was formed immediately after the end of the Ice Age about 10,000 years ago. As a result of a strong earthquake, mountain rocks rose along the path of the waterway and became an impenetrable dam for it.

The surface area of the lake was measured at seven hectares, its maximum depth is estimated at 22 metres and its average depth is 8.2 metres. Lake Synevyr is a huge reservoir of fresh water, estimated at 400,000 cubic metres. The lake is home to two species of fish – the naked carp and the trout.

Due to the lack of chlorides, the water in the lake has an unusual taste. In summer, the sun warms the water only to +20°C, but if you dive deeper, you will be unpleasantly surprised by the extreme coolness. The water temperature here is four to five degrees Celsius. The calm waters of the lake reflect the Blue and Vyr figures created in 1984 by sculptors Ivan Brovdi and Mykhailo Sanich.

What is it about the Synevyr that fascinates you?

The lake, which has been fascinating with its beauty since ancient times, has given rise to surprisingly poetic legends. These are stories about the ocean of love and the sharp rocks of suffering.

The lake has always attracted creative people. Some paint unforgettable landscapes, others come up with poetic lines, and for some, the lake becomes a great place for filming. The lake inspired Ukrainian artists to shoot the film Synevyr. In addition, in 2019, scenes were filmed on Lake Synevyr for the film In Cold Blood, starring French actor Jean Reno.

There is a second legend that explains the origin of the lake’s second name, which is also full of love suffering. Once upon a time, the flock of a young shepherd Ivan was gnawed by wolves. The shepherd realised that he could not expect any mercy from the count, so he decided to flee from the inevitable punishment. He said goodbye to his beloved and set off for foreign lands. The shepherd was sad in a foreign land, and every night he went to the seashore and said: “All-powerful sea, at least look at my native land with one eye, give me a bow to my native land!” The element heard the shepherd’s prayer, broke through the mountains and swallowed the count and his servants into the waters. And she looked at the proud Carpathians and decided to stay here forever with a pure sea eye.

What other interesting locations are nearby?

There are many places of interest for tourists near Lake Synevyr. Nearby are:

The most interesting locations nearby

Теребле-Ріцька гідроелектростанція
On the territory of the Khust district of the Transcarpathian region, near the village of Vilshany, a fabulous picture of
Природний заповідник Горгани
"Gorgany" is a nature reserve in the Ukrainian Carpathians. It is located in the southwestern part of the Ivano-Frankivsk region,
One of the most interesting and attractive places for tourists in Transcarpathia is the magical high-mountainous Lake Synevyr. It is
Реабілітаційний центр бурого ведмедя
Children should definitely visit the rehabilitation center for brown bears in the Synevyr National Nature Park. It is the only
Водоспад Шипот
A visit to the uniquely beautiful Shypit waterfall will be no less impressive. It originates from a deep underground spring,

What time of year is the best to visit Synevyr?

Visiting Lake Synevyr is an interesting and exciting event at any time of the year.

  1. In winter, it is worth visiting the nearby ski resorts Pylypets and Podobovets.
  2. In spring, excursions to the village museum will be interesting Kolochava with a blooming saffron valley.
  3. In summer and autumn, 4×4 tours and hiking with visits to the most interesting places of the Borzhava valley are interesting.

Tours and excursions

Where to stay near Synevyr?

When visiting Lake Synevyr, you can stay in the nearest to it hotels “U Marichky” (068-081-42-19), “Arnika” (098-671-31-39) and “Synevyrske Ozero” (066-561-10-34). Their prices are affordable, for a double room the price can start from 550 UAH, and the service is at the European level. Houses by the lake are very popular – cottages and private manors. All accommodation options near Synevyr can be found at the link.

Hotels near Lake Synevyr

Готель «Синевирське озеро»
Synevyrska Polyana village
+380 ....

from 500 ₴/night
Ресторанно-готельний комплекс «Арніка», Міжгір’я
Synevyrska Polyana village, Krasnyi tract
+380 ....

from 1500
Садиба «У Софійки» у Синевирській Поляні
Synevyrska Polyana village
+380 ....

from 1000 ₴/night
Гостьовий будинок «У Марічки»
Synevyrska Polyana village, 357б
+380 ....

from 850 ₴/night
Садиба “У Анастасійки”
Synevyr village
+380 ....

from 700 ₴/night
Садиба «Синевирський чардаш»
Synevyr village
+380 ....

from 700 ₴/night

Where to eat?

If you are hungry, the best options near Lake Synevyr are the Synevyr restaurant and the Trembita kolyba, both located near the lake. The prices are affordable, the menu is varied, and the service is top-notch.

Колиба «Трембіта» біля озера Синевир
Synevyrska Polyana village, Transcarpathian region, Ukraine, 90040
+380 ....
Ресторан «Синевир»
Synevyrska Polyana village, Transcarpathian region, Ukraine, 90040
+380 ....
Колиба «На Децу до Цімбора»
Synevyrska Polyana village, Transcarpathian region, Ukraine, 90040
+380 ....

Location and directions to Lake Synevyr?

The best way to get to Lake Synevyr is by car. There is a regular bus service to the villages of Synevyrska Polyana and Synevyr. The nearest railway station is located in the village Volovets. There are many transfers available for tourists. Access to the lake in winter and during floods may be temporarily restricted due to severe weather conditions, which should be taken into account when choosing the time of your visit. However, such pauses are rare. It is good to know that local roads have been undergoing major repairs in recent years. Although it is still far from ideal, positive changes are noticeable and bring Lake Synevyr closer to more tourists.

Anyone who has visited the shores of this magical lake will never forget the unforgettable scenery of these places.

Popular questions

Where is Lake Synevyr located?
Synevyr Lake is located in the former Mizhhirya and now Khust districts of Transcarpathia. To get here, you need to move from the village of Mizhhiria towards the village of Synevyrska Polyana, and the lake will be right behind the village. The best option would be to travel by car, but there are also options for travelling by train to Volovets, and from there by transfer or bus.
What are some interesting places near Synevyr?
In addition to the lake itself, we recommend visiting the Brown Bear Rehabilitation Centre and the Valley of the Wolves Ecopark, taking a walk to the Shypit waterfall, and visiting Kolochava if possible.
Holidays in the Carpathians near Lake Synevyr: where to rent a house?
There are a lot of accommodation offers of different levels near Lake Synevyr. Prices start from 550 UAH, and we have added the best locations to our catalogue.

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He was born and lived all his life in Uzhhorod. He graduated with a gold medal from Uzhhorod School No. 1 named after Taras Shevchenko (now Uzhhorod Lyceum named after Taras Shevchenko). He studied at the History Department of UzhNU, graduating with honours in 2009. He worked as a senior researcher at the Transcarpathian Museum of Folk Architecture and Life, a lecturer at the East European Slavic University.