Lake Ilmen, Shimsk

#5 of 10 in Parks in Novgorod Oblast
Lake Ilmen is a historically important lake in the Novgorod Oblast of Russia, formerly a vital part of the Trade route from the Varangians to the Greeks. The city of Novgorod lies six kilometers below the lake's outflow.
According to the Max Vasmer's Etymological Dictionary, the name of the lake originates from the Finnic "Ilmajärvi", which means "air lake". There are many lakes in Russia with their names being derivative from Lake Ilmen.
The average surface area is 982km2 (it may vary between 733km2 and 2090km2 depending on water level). The lake is fed by 52 inflowing rivers, the four main ones being the Msta, the Pola, the Lovat, and the Shelon. It is drained through a single outlet, the Volkhov, into Lake Ladoga, and subsequently via the Neva into the Gulf of Finland. The source of the Volkhov is marked by the Peryn Chapel built in the 1220s.
The basin of Lake Ilmen contains vast areas in Novgorod, Pskov, and Tver Oblasts of Russia, as well as minor areas in the north of Vitebsk Region in Belarus.
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  • Three times I had made a day trip to the Ilmensee near the St. Georg Monastery: 1969 by (own) car in summer, 2017 in spring by (own) bicycle and 2018 in winter...
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  • To the most famous, and perhaps the most beautiful point of the lake, the easiest way to get from Old Russa. Buses to the village of Korystyn run 5-6 times a day. On the road 40-45 minutes. You can safely lay on...
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