Lake Sevan is embedded in a beautiful hilly landscape: To the north and east of Lake Sevan runs the Sevan Mountains, to the south the Vardenis Mountains and to the west, the lake is bordered by the Gegham Mountains. Two peninsulas, which reach into the lake on the opposite side, «divide» Lake Sevan: into the small Sevan in the north and the large Sevan in the south. At this point, the lake is only about 4 km wide.
The legend of the emergence of Lake Sevan
According to an old legend, Lake Sevan was created by a tragedy. A long time ago, when Lake Sevan did not yet exist and the whole landscape was full of green meadows and flowering fields, a girl wanted to fetch water from a spring. Everyone knew that you had to close the spring again with a stone after filling your bucket. Otherwise, the spring would bubble up and flood everything.
But the girl forgot to close the spring. And so the water was flowing incessantly over the fields and through the villages. The people lost their homes. An old man became angry and screamed: "That person who left the spring open shall be turned into a stone". The girl immediately turned to stone. But the water continued to flow and formed the lake that we know today as Sevan Lake.
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How to get there
From Yerevan, you can reach Lake Sevan by car in one hour. From the Georgian border, it takes a bit less than four hours to Lake Sevan.
Between 09:00h and 19:00h, marshrutkas depart from the Northern Bus Station in Yerevan and bring you to the city of Sevan. The 1-hour-trip costs around 500 AMD (1 USD).
From the Zvartnots International Airport in Yerevan, it takes you 1.5 hours to reach Lake Sevan by car.
The train between Yerevan and Sevan is old; the trip takes around 3 hours. Possible on Mon, Tue. Thu and Fri. Departure at 08:30h from Almast Railway Station.