Anyksciai Regional Park was established on September 24, 1992 to preserve, use and manage the most valuable natural and cultural territories of the North East Aukstaitija. The present relief of the Regional Park was formed by the last glacier 16 thousand years ago. When it melted, old valleys were formed and now rivers Sventoji, Virinta, Elme, Anyksta and many streams flow there. The highest hills reach 194 meter height and the deepest valley of the Sventoji river is 60 metersabove sea level.
“Once walking here you found your eyes would ache:
Thefores would your soul so merry make,
Your hear so glad you wondered in surprise:
Where am I - in a wood or Paradise?”
The total area of the park is 15459 ha. To preserve the natural and cultural heritage of the park, 1 nature reserve, 4 landscape reserves, 4 geomorphological reserves. 3 botanical reserves, 1 telmological reserve, 4 hydrographic and 1 urban reserve were distinguished.
Anykščiai Regional Park (ARP) is unimaginable without the Forest of Anykščiai praised by Baranauskas A., Puntukas Boulder, Biliūnas J. “Laimės žiburys” (“The Light of Happiness”), Rubikiai Lake, Voruta Mound and many other objects of natural and cultural heritage. Recently, the unique complex of The Treetop Walking Path has been opened for visitors.
The Treetop Walking Path
Biliūnas J. “Laimės žiburys” (“The Light of Happiness”); Puntukas Boulder; Voruta Mound
Nature has generously endowed APR with plenty of colours and shapes. Here you can find Šventoji River valley which has been scoured during glacial period, furrowed by old river beds and thermokarst lakes. Scattered around are landforms, gullies, and erosion cirque of Kurkliai. Here calmly rustling stretches the famous forest of Anykščiai with floodplains of Šventoji River and small quagmire-type lake Budragaidis surrounded by the forest. In the troughs between the hills stretches the magnificent lakes of Rubikiai-Musejus with small islands here and there. Also, there are old valley of Anykšta and Virinta.
In the landscape reserve of the forest of Anykščiai, lays the second in size boulder in Lithuania called Puntukas Boulder, and whispers the largest in the country freshwater spring called the Queens Quagmire. In the exposures of Vetygala, Varius and others, one can observe layers of quartz sand which is very characteristic to Anykščiai region. In the Rubikiai lake located in the regional park there are 16 islands with very interesting names, such as Pertako, Bučinė, Varnagrotė, Česnakinė, Liepinė, Didžioji, etc.
One of the bigests fresh water springs in Lithuania - The Queens Quagmire
More than 30 plants registered in the Lithuanian Red Book can be found in the park. Here you can also find protected broadleaf and mixed forest communities with oak, ash tree, spruce, and maple which serve as a shelter for rare plant species.
Anykščiai was the homeland for famous Lithuanian writers Baranauskas A., Biliūnas J., Vienuolis-Žukauskas A. The preserved authentic granary still reminds about the work by Baranauskas A. This granary was the place where the famous piece by Baranauskas “The Forest of Anykščiai” was born. Near the granary stands the house-museum of Vienuolis-Zukauskas A. On the Liudiskių Hill, stands the 14 metres high tomb monument called The Light of Happiness for the writer Biliūnas J.; to reach this monument one must climb 90 steps. In Anykščiai region, the following objects of cultural heritage are preserved: the only one in Lithuania Horse Museum, more than a hundred years old narrow-gauge railway train, bas-reliefs of the pilots Darius S. and Girėnas S. carved on the Puntukas Boulder, and the most explored in Lithuania Šeimyniškėliai (Voruta) Mound. Some sources claim there used to stand the Voruta Castle of the King Mindaugas. In the centre of the city of Anykščiai, you can find the highest in Lithuania two-tower church of St. Matthew.
The highest in Lithuania two-tower church of St. Matthew
Exceptional events, live traditions
Every year, an exceptional traditional festival called “Bėk bėk, žirgeli” is arranged in Niūronys village. During this festival people can admire not only beautiful horses but also take a look to their saddlery, harnesses and springless carriages called lineika decorated with home woven horsecloths. We offer to explore the objects of natural and cultural heritage by traveling following land and water routes (download the book). In this book, you will find 3 hiking routes, 4 cycling routes, 3 water routes, and 2 car routes. The most of the routes starts at the ARP visitors centre. We suggest visiting this centre before starting your trip. The employees of the ARP centre will introduce you to the park rules, help to plan your trip, and answer to your questions.