From Ulič to Ruská Volová through Nastaz by bike

Minigallery in the village of Ulič
Minigallery in the village of Ulič
Wooden temple in the village of Kalná Roztoka
Wooden temple in the village of Kalná Roztoka
Cycle route no. 8879 (yellow sign) connects the Uličská and Ublianska dolina valleys of the Snina district. It is 14.5 km long and crosses the Nastaz mountain ridge. The elevation of the route is approximately 284 m. You can complete this route or you can use it to shorten the Icon cycle route.

The route starts in the center of the Ulič village near the mini-museum of wooden temples from the area. It continues to the Ukrainian state border. The route goes along the entrance of the nature trail "in the footsteps of the Arpad line". The route then passes through a forest landscape. Did you know that the name of the Nastaz mountain is derived from two local legends? The first, published by Alexander Duchnovič in his ethnographic works, says that the mountain range is named after the white princely Nasťa (Anastasia), who was waiting there for her husband to return from battle. According to the second legend, the name of the mountain is derived from the same name Nasťa, which, however, belonged to the wife of the legendary bandit captain Fedor Hlavatý from the village of Ruská Volová.

But let's talk about the route again. The route will reach its highest point after about eight kilometers of ascent. From this point, the rest of the road leads through the forest and down the hill. From the village of Ruská Volová, you can choose to continue on the already mentioned Icon cycle route. On this route, you can see interesting wooden temples. We remind of the fact that this cycle route leads through the easternmost area of Poloniny along the Ukrainian border, so it is possible to get stopped by Border Patrol.