National parks and reserves in Belarus
"Narochanski" National Park
Lake Naroch National Park is located in the northwest of Belarus. The park was formed in 1999 to preserve the unique local environment and ensure the efficient use of natural resources.
The park has 43 lakes, the park’s fauna counts around 900 plant species including over 30 endangered ones. Part of the park called Golubye Ozera (blue lakes) is a botanical area of international importance.
The fauna is represented by 243 species; the park takes particular pride in a herd of 50 royal stags that has been recently added to its animal population.
Rare fowl species found at Lake Naroch National Park include the snow grouse and the goosander; local rivers and lakes are populated with 32 fish species.
Visitors interested in the history of the area can choose from a wide variety of bus and perestrian excursions. Some of them provide the possibility to visit the cathedral (16-18 centuries) in the town of Budslav that keeps Belarus’ major Roman catholic relic — the winder-working icon of Virgin Maria. Local monuments of architecture include numerous churches, mansions and parks.
The park’s recreation zone has a lot of spa resorts and rehabilitation centers.
The park offers a wide amusement program with water attractions, horse-riding classes a cafe located on board a steamship. The park regularly organises hunting tours for Belarusians, citizens of the CIS, the Baltic States and other non-CIS states. Local lakes are open for amateur fishermen.
Accommodation available at Naroch hotel, cottages (each for 4 to 6 persons) and camping sites.