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article imageReview: Streams and rivers — Refreshing water escapes in Northern Israel Special

By Lesley Lanir     Jul 25, 2012 in Travel
In Israel, to cope with the summer heat, and in some areas the humidity, the wise thing to do is to find fresh, cool water and get yourselves soaking wet. The best way to do this is to travel north where a wide selection of rivers and pools can be found.
You may decide to take part in some water activities which could include, rafting, swimming and water hiking or just dip your toes in a stream or wade in a cool, shallow, shaded water pool.
Nachal Hermon/Banyas
Nachal Hermon/Banyas
On the Golan Heights and in the area of the Upper Galilee, there are many rivers and water pools to choose from.
Nachal Hermon/Banyas
Nachal Hermon/Banyas
Nachal Hermon/Banyas
Nachal Hermon/Banyas
The Banias Spring also known as the Hermon Stream begins at the foot of Mount Hermon and flows for about 2 miles
Nachal Hermon/Banyas
Nachal Hermon/Banyas
before reaching one of the most spectacular falls in Israel.
Banyas falls
Banyas falls
About 5 miles from its source, the Hermon Stream, a popular water hiking and bathing spot
Nachal Hermon/Banyas
Nachal Hermon/Banyas
meets the freezing cold waters of the fast flowing River Dan.
Nachal Hermon/Banyas
Nachal Hermon/Banyas
You can stroll through the lush greenery of the Tel Dan Park enjoying the cool shade provided by the trees and bushes and wade through the small streams while you wander around the hiking trails surrounding the main river.
Nachal Hermon/Banyas
Nachal Hermon/Banyas
Nachal Hermon/Banyas
Nachal Hermon/Banyas
The River Dan just like he Senir, Iyon and Banias, flows into the Jordan River. The Dan is the main tributary.
Sunrise over the Jordan River
Sunrise over the Jordan River
The famous waters of the Jordan River eventually reach the fresh water lake, the Sea of Galilee, also known locally as the Kinneret, Israel's main source of drinking water.
Northern shores of the Sea of Galilee
Northern shores of the Sea of Galilee
The lake is shaped liked a violin or in Hebrew - Kinneret. These days, due to the lower water levels, it looks more like a harp.
The source of the Senir or Hatsbani Stream is in Lebanon. It's the longest of the Jordan River's tributaries. You can clamber along rocks or walk along the path ways that run along side the cool waters. In shallower, less rapid sectons visitors walk through the refreshing water and dip into the small swimming holes scattered throughout its course.
Senir river
Senir river
Senir river
Senir river
Further west you can find the Amud Stream situated in the Meron National park.
Nachal Amud
Nachal Amud
Nachal Amud
Nachal Amud
You can enter the water and splash through parts of the Amud stream which flows all year round through shaded groves and just like the other water sources mentioned, it eventually finds its way south and trickles into the northern shores of Sea of Galilee.
Sunset over the Sea of Galilee
Sunset over the Sea of Galilee
For more information about Israel's scenery and nature and what to see and visit go to Israel Nature and Parks Authority
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