Ukraine

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Ukraine

Being the second largest in Europe, Ukraine is a predominantly flat country of fertile plains through which run the mighty Dnieper river and its more than twenty tributaries, all ultimately flowing into the Black Sea. Towards the west hills slowly rise up to where the Carpathian mountain range touches on the far western corner of Ukraine. This is where you'll find Ukraine's highest mountain, Hora Hoverla (2061m), amidst a landscape of decidedly green slopes with meadows and forests of oak and beech. Although this is not the highest part of the Carpathians, it does have a distinctly remote feel to it, as it is not yet easily accessible and economically one of the poorest regions of Ukraine.

For something completely different, try the only other true mountains of Ukraine, on the peninsula of Crimea in the Black Sea down south. Contrary to the Carpathians, the climate here is more of a Mediterranean sort, resulting in a generally dry and open landscape offering marvellous views of the Black Sea coast at times.

As yet undeveloped, there are bound to be interesting hiking possibilities in some of Ukraine's nature and landscape parks, such as the steppes of Hranitno-Stepove Pobuzhzhya park, Kinburnska Kosa park extending into the Black Sea, or the limestone ridges of Podilski Tovtry park along the Dniester river.

Although there are numerous hiking trails in both the Carpathians and on the Crimean peninsula, they are poorly waymarked if at all. Topographical maps do exist (often in Russian) and are sold locally, and some do show hiking trails, but these can be outdated and imprecise, so be prepared for some real exploration! Forget about mountain huts and official camp sites, as these appear to be virtually non-existant. It is not uncommon to hire a local guide.

The season for walking the Carpathians runs April to October, but rain including violent thunderstorms is frequent. On the Crimean peninsula it is best to avoid the summerheat of July and August.

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Books

De Zwerver
Netherlands
2013
  • Reisgids Te gast in Rusland en Oekraine | Informatie Verre Reizen
  • Samengesteld door en voor reizigers: verhalen van mensen die er gewoond of gereisd hebben. Literatuurlijst, praktische tips, vooral veel achtergrond- en cultuur informatie. Rusland en Oekraïne zijn landen van contrasten. In Moskou rijden rijke Russen in hun Bentleys en Lamborghini’s terwijl zwervers in de metro creperen van de honger. In Sint... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • No Place Like Home, Thank God
  • Amazon UK Bestseller Number 1 in Cycling and Top 3 in Travel and in SportAfter a near fatal brain haemorrhage Steven Primrose-Smith decides that life is too short to hang around. Inspired, he jumps on his bicycle to travel a road that stretches 22,000 miles across the whole of Europe.During his ride through 53 countries, climbing the equivalent... Read more
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Belgium
  • No Place Like Home, Thank God
  • Amazon UK Bestseller Number 1 in Cycling and Top 3 in Travel and in SportAfter a near fatal brain haemorrhage Steven Primrose-Smith decides that life is too short to hang around. Inspired, he jumps on his bicycle to travel a road that stretches 22,000 miles across the whole of Europe.During his ride through 53 countries, climbing the equivalent... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Ukraine (Other Places Travel Guide)
  • Palaces that emerge from the mountains, beaches with names like "New World," ski resort towns straight out of a Bond film, and clubs where passwords must be whispered to enter - it must be Ukraine. A secret favorite of backpackers for years, Ukraine is finally getting recognized by the outside world for what it is: a can't miss travel... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Ukraine (Other Places Travel Guide)
  • Palaces that emerge from the mountains, beaches with names like "New World," ski resort towns straight out of a Bond film, and clubs where passwords must be whispered to enter - it must be Ukraine. A secret favorite of backpackers for years, Ukraine is finally getting recognized by the outside world for what it is: a can't miss travel... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Out Of Steppe
  • Central Asia is the general name for the landmass between Iran, China, Siberia and Afghanistan. An area of enormous diversity both geographically and ethnically, it has been shaped by trade and commerce (the Silk Road) and by many invaders, including Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan and Stalin. Today the area is divided into five 'stans:... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Out Of Steppe
  • Central Asia is the general name for the landmass between Iran, China, Siberia and Afghanistan. An area of enormous diversity both geographically and ethnically, it has been shaped by trade and commerce (the Silk Road) and by many invaders, including Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan and Stalin. Today the area is divided into five 'stans:... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2019
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2012
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2018
De Zwerver
Netherlands
  • Reisgids Culture Smart! Ukraine - Oekraïne | Kuperard
  • De Cultuur Bewust!-gids geeft toeristen en zakenlieden belangrijke informatie met betrekking tot de cultuur van alledag in het land van bestemming. Anders dan in de gebruikelijke reisgidsen wordt de lezer in deze reeks bijgespijkerd op het gebied van omgangsvormen, normen en waarden, hoe zich te gedragen en wat verwacht mag worden op zakelijk... Read more
Kompass
Germany
  • MARCO POLO Reiseführer Polen
  • Kompakte Informationen, Insider-Tipps, Erlebnistouren und digitale Extras:Erleben Sie mit MARCO POLO Polen intensiv von den Stränden an der Ostsee bis zu den Waldkarpaten an der Grenze zur Ukraine und Slowakei – mit dem MARCO POLO Reiseführer kommen Sie sofort in Polen an. Erfahren Sie, welche Highlights Sie neben dem eindrucksvollen Museum des... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2014
  • Reisgids Ukraine - Oekraïne | Bradt Travel Guides
  • Voor vele landen net zo goed, zo niet beter dan de Planet. Beduidend soberder uitgevoerd, maar ook met veel informatie voor backpackers en met veel kaartmateriaal. Een aanrader! Ukraine is something of an enigma for the visitor. The largest country in Europe, it remains one of the least visited, yet it has retained the rustic beauty of... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2018
  • Reisgids Lemberg - Lviv - Lwow | Trescher Verlag
  • Goede Duitstalige reisgids met veel culturele beschrijvingen. Daarnaast ook aandacht voor praktische zaken als overnachten en rondreizen. Bijzondere duitse uitgever, vaak als eerste een boek over een bepaald gebied of land. Im Jahre 1998 wurde die Altstadt von Lemberg in die UNESCO-Liste des Weltkulturerbes eingetragen. Dieser aktuelle... Read more
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Maps

Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Ukraine Road Atlas (250K)
  • Ukraine Road Atlas at 1:250,000 from Kartografija Kiev in an A4 spiral-bound format, with an English language map legend, an extensive index, 70 street plans of the country’s main cities, plus a distance table. All place names are in Cyrillic alphabet only.Road network in shown in great detail, including small country lanes and field or forest... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
  • Wandelkaart Maramures Mountains (East-Carpathians) | Dimap
  • Goede wandelkaart van een specifiek deel van de karpaten in de Ukraine. Ondanks het feit dat dit voormalig Oostblok-land nog een hoop heeft in te halen, zijn deze detailkaarten van een uitstekend nivo. Voorzien van alle noodzakelijke informatie voor wandelaars: hoogtelijnen, hutten, campings, wandelpaden (al dan niet gemarkeerd), maar ook... Read more
Kompass
Germany
  • MARCO POLO Reiseführer Donau Kreuzfahrt
  • Der MARCO POLO überzeugt mit kompakten Informationen, Insider-Tipps und seiner handlichen Größe. Entdecken Sie mit MARCO POLO Kreuzfahrt die Donau. Eine Kreuzfahrt auf Europas zweitlängstem Fluss, ist eine Reise zu Landschaften, kleinen Orten, in denen die Zeit stehen geblieben zu sein scheint, und pulsierenden Hauptstädten, in der das 21. Jh.... Read more
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Kompass
Germany
  • MARCO POLO Länderkarte Russland, Ukraine, Weißrussland 1:2 000 000
  • Der Wegweiser für gezielte Umwege. Mit Highlights aus Kultur und Natur und landschaftlich schönen Strecken wird dein Roadtrip zum Erlebnis. Länder- und Reiseinformationen bewahren euch vor dem Knöllchen und das gewohnte Zoomsystem bietet immer das richtige Kartendetail, sowohl für die Planung als auch während der Fahrt.Hauptkarte 1:2 000 000... Read more
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  • MARCO POLO Länderkarte Ukraine1:800 000
  • Für die große Fahrt und kleine Abstecher. Die MARCO POLO Länderkarten bestechen durch eine leicht lesbare Kartografie, in der durchgängig landschaftlich schöne Strecken und Orte markiert sind. Schon in der, im Kartendeckel befindlichen, ausklappbaren Übersichtskarte sind die schönsten Orte mit Marco Polo Highlight-Sternen, sowie gelben oder... Read more
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