Although Lithuania and a small country, but it is distinguished by the uniqueness and versatility of nature: plains, hills, plethora of forests, lakes and wetlands, a wavy Baltic Sea and the white dunes, and last but not least, the beautiful Curonian Spit. And most importantly – Lithuania has preserved the naturalness, unpolluted and fresh air.
Lithuania is a country of plains and mounds
Lithuania does not have high mountains – wherever you look, you will see flowering meadows, dense forests, and fertile crop fields. However, every visitor is pleasantly surprised by the abundance of mounds, once crowned with magnificent castles, where ancient Lithuanians burnt altars to the pagan gods. The highest place in Lithuania is 293.84 m high Aukštojas Hill in Vilnius district, overlooking the magnificent landscape.
Lakes and rivers wherever you look
Lithuania is an extremely watery region – there are more than 3000 lakes of a wide variety of sizes, lengths and shapes. Most of them are situated in the north-eastern Lithuania forming here an entire lake district. The most beautiful and the most prominent Lithuanian lakes are Drūkšiai – the biggest, Tauragnas – the deepest and Asveja – the longest lake of Lithuania.
Many rivers flow all across Lithuania. The “father of all rivers” is Nemunas, because it is the longest, with a big number of tributaries and creeks. All Lithuanian rivers are particular favoured by campers – in summers nearly every Lithuanian attempts to challenge at least one of them in a canoe.
Into the woods – for fresh air to breath, for berries and mushrooms to gather
In ancient times, almost all of the current territory of Lithuania was covered with forests. Now forests cover nearly one-third of our country's area and are an abundant source of berries, mushrooms, medicinal plants, and a home to many animals and birds. Long ago, Lithuanian nobles and princes were hunting in their thickset, and book smugglers and partisans were hiding under their canopy. Forest vegetation in Lithuania is very diverse: millennia-aged oaks, clean and fresh pine forests, white trunks of birch. Thick forests are teaming with wild boars, roes, deers, red foxes, gray hares, martens and other forest life. From the early spring you will hear the singing of happy nightingales, tits, finches, and thrushes.
Nature is our asset
Lithuanians have always revered trees and nature. National parks are set up in the country's most beautiful places – there are as many as five of them in Lithuania Minor. In addition, there are 30 regional parks, more than 100 landscape reserves, more than 400 natural heritage sites of state significance. Human activity is restricted in all of these parts of Lithuania and its nature, plants and inhabitants are protected.