The 7 Natural Wonders of Ukraine

View across a field in Ukraine
View across a field in Ukraine | © Olena Klen/WikiCommons
Maria Sibirtseva

The natural wonders of Ukraine have already become a calling card of the country and a popular route to travel through. These landmarks are unique and captivating. Come and see the beauty that Ukraine offers tourists. It is carefully preserved by the state and deeply honoured by the locals.

1. Dniester Canyon

1. Dniester Canyon
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The Dniester Canyon is a masterpiece of nature on the Dniester River. The area is so peculiar due to the mountains, approaching close to the river and forming a winding canyon. Its total length is 155 miles (250 km). At the foot of the canyon are villages and towns, which are also rich in architectural monuments: prehistoric caves, ancient churches, numerous waterfalls, healing springs and fascinating parks. It is not surprising, that Dniester Canyon area is one of the seven natural wonders of Ukraine.

Brodok, Chernivtska oblast, Ukraine

Dniester Canyon | © Zysko Serhii/WikiCommons

2. Granite-steppe lands of Buh

Park

2. Granite-steppe lands of Buh
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The Southern Bug River and its valley are considered one of the most exceptional natural places in the country. It is a Regional Landscape Park that has 98 archaeological sites that date from the Paleolithic era to the early Middle Ages. Granite-steppe lands of Buh have great recreational potential as they hold concentrated significant reserves of therapeutic radon water. For many years, the park has been a leading destination for rafting and alpinism.

Gotwald St, 80, Mykolaivska oblast, Ukraine, +380 5161 75549

Granite-steppe lands of Buh | © Sak Anastasiia/WikiCommons

3. Podilski Tovtry

Market

3. Podilski Tovtry
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Podilski Tovtry is a national park that visually resembles the picturesque mountains of the Carpathians. It is a place, where the amazingly beautiful hills are covered with trees and greenery. Tovtry is a local name for a rocky arc-shaped ridge, the height of which within the park reaches an average of 400 meters (1,312 feet) above sea level. At the bottom of it lies a quiet surface of blue lakes of different shapes and sizes.

Polish market sq, 6, Kamyanets-Podilskyi, Khmelnytska oblast, Ukraine, +380 3849 51270

Podilski Tovtry | © Moahim/WikiCommons

5. Oleshky Sands

Forest

5. Oleshky Sands
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Oleshky Sands are often called the Ukrainian Sahara. It occupies a huge area in the south-east of Ukraine and extends 18.6 miles (30 km) from west to east and 93 miles (150 km) from north to south. Here you will find an amazing world of unique untouched nature: endless sand dunes, steep slopes and, surprisingly, the forest around. Oleshky desert arose on the spot, where the Dnipro river previously flowed. It is the result of human activity.

Oleshky Sands, Khersonska oblast, Ukraine

Oleshky Sands | © Sadova Olena/WikiCommons

6. Synevir

6. Synevir
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The pearl of the Carpathian Mountains, Lake Synevir was formed approximately 10,000 years ago as a result of a powerful displacement of rocks. It is located at an altitude of 989 meters (3,244 feet) above sea level. In the middle of the lake, there is a tiny area of only a few meters – an islet. As it resembles the pupil of the eye, the Synevir lake is also called the Sea Eye by locals.

Synevir, Zakarpatska oblast, Ukraine

Synevir | © Vyshnevska Antonina/WikiCommons

7. Askania-Nova

Botanical Garden, Zoo

7. Askania-Nova
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Askania-Nova Biosphere Reserve is a unique corner of nature located in the south of Ukraine. This is the only such area of the steppe throughout Ukraine and even Europe. There are more than 500 kinds of plants and more than 3,000 species of animal in the ecosystem of the reserve. To explore the territory of Askania-Nova, you will be offered several types of excursions: walking routes to the botanical garden and the zoo, or visits accompanied by a researcher.

Askania-Nova, Khersonska oblast, Ukraine, +380 5538 61286

Askania Nova | © Fedya Kuznetsov/WikiCommons

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