Veclaicene is one of the most beautiful regions in northern Latvia with its forested hills and lakes. Ancient fort mounds, sacred cult places and ancient burial grounds show that the Veclaicene area has been inhabited for many centuries. The Druski castle mound has the steepest and highest slopes and offers views of Saules kalns (Sun Hill), Dieva kalns (God’s Hill) and even, on clear days, Estonia’s highpoint Suur Munamägi. The viewing tower on Dzērves (Crane) Hill looks across both the Alūksne and the Haanja highlands. Forest-covered Dēliņkalns (Son’s Hill) in Veclaicene itself has botanically diverse grasslands and gurgling streams.
Vidzeme farmstead and white highways
Salaca river valley with Mazsalaca and Skaņaiskalns
Lejaslīgatne with paper-mill village and the Gauja ferry
Cēsis Old Town with medieval castle and park
Lake Burtnieki with churches and estate centres
Āraiši Lake and surroundings
Alūksne’s historic centre with its lake, parks, castle and palaces