In north of Iran in Mazandarin Province I found paradise. I went by car with a couple of Iranian friends who wanted to show me some of their favourite places. Getting to these locations does require a car, and a four wheel drive is not only recommended but in the mountains of Mazichal I think it’s almost required. You CAN do it with a small car but there will be bumps so get an off road car if possible. Or you could hike up there.

We started from Tehran around 9-10 in the morning taking the gorgeous Chalus Road. We did both of these locations, finishing as the sun went down. It was a perfect day trip but next time I will bring a tent and camp up at Mazichal.

Mazandaran Province, north of Iran

Chalus Road

Valasht Lake




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Swedish female solo traveler. Been to 6 continents and 65+ countries. Nature, hiking, adrenaline, responsible travel and minimalistic packing.


  1. Please write about transportation, how the hotels are prices etc.

  2. Anonymous


    I’ve been to Iran, but unfortunately I didn’t have the time to see this part of the country.

  3. Lovely!

    I’ve been to Iran, but unfortunately I didn’t have the time to see this part of the country.

  4. Nice pics!
    Thank you for your explanation and wonderful photos!

  5. I’m very happy to hear such reassuring ideas and comments about Iran. North of Iran has got a lot of beautiful natural attractions, but it’s important to know when to visit the area. It could be quite wet and humid in certain times of the year.

    The other point is if you know where to go and what to see in some parts of North Iran, you can learn a lot about people’s everyday lives. This will add to your trip’s sweet time.

  6. Francis

    Hi Evelina.
    Thanks for your info on Iran. My wife and i are traveling there in October and we loved your pictures! We will definitely be trying some of the places you recommend.
    If you are still in Slovenia try to get to Logarska Dolina. It is a beautiful valley near the Austrian border. We have been to Slovenia many times and think it is the most underrated holiday destination in Europe and we have seen plenty!
    If you ever come to Ireland please contact us. We live in the middle of the wild Atlantic Way.

    Francis and Eileen

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