SevanLake Sevan Region, Armenia.
The lake is at 1,900 m altitude and is fresh water, partly freezing in winter. In pre-industrial times it was much larger and deeper, but in Stalin's era it was drained unsustainably for irrigation and hydro-electric power, and its water quality and environs were degraded. It's now being rehabilitated and the water level is creeping back up.
By marshrutkaMarshrutkas depart from Yerevan's North Bus Station to Sevan several times a day, taking 1 hr. You can also get relatively close to town by taking minibuses towards Vardenis, Dilijan, Ijevan or Noyemberian and getting off part way, but getting to town might be a little complicated with the latter three. Taxis from Yerevan or elsewhere charge 100 dram/km. Tbilisi looks close on the map, but there are no regular connections: take these between Tbilisi and Vanadzor then a taxi over the hills to Sevan.
By trainTrain services to are suspended.
See and do
Fish!And of course crayfish/crawdads. These are the main products of the region, and whether you eat the fish barbecued, fried or smoked, it will be delicious. The crawdads with a beer are excellent as well. The Harsnaqar hotel complex near town has some unbelievably good crawdad kebabs, which aren't cheap, but might be worth splurging on.
- There are some fast food places in town, and cafes, but most of the good places to eat are on the shores of the lake, a bit north.
Nevertheless, camping opportunities are endless.
- Dilijan — A popular forest resort known as the "Little Switzerland" of Armenia.
- Shorzha — A village on the eastern shores of Lake Sevan with some very nice views and relaxed, quiet atmosphere.
- Vardenis — A tucked away city in the southeast corner of the lake. There are a few small monasteries and chapels, mountains and valleys that only those making it this far will have a chance to see.