Svalenik is a village in the Central part of Northern Bulgaria. It is situated in Ivanovo Municipality, Ruse Region.
The village nestles on the border of Rusenski Lom Natural Park, at the valley of Malki Lom River. The average sea altitude is between 100 m and 200 m. The relief characterizes with plain and hilly lands rich of springs convenient for fishing.
The climate is humid-continental with dry, hot summer and cold winter. The average July temperature is about 22 C, and the average January one - about 0 C.
Svalenik is provided with electricity, water, communication equipment and asphalted streets. The population is approximately 900 people. Transportation links to town of Ruse and village of Ivanovo.
There is a town-hall, a post office, a police inspector on duty, a doctor, an elementary school, a community centre and commercial areas. The community centre develops various activities and comprises a library and a museum collection representing the local folklore and traditions.
Svalenik borders Rusenski Lom Natural Park - wonderful place for recreation and tourism. There are many cultural-historical sites that could be visited. Interesting are the protected plant and animal species as well.
The rocks above the river make the place very picturesque and attractive. There are natural phenomena such as 'The Cow' in 'Orlovitsa' area and 'The Snake' in 'Martvitsa' and 'Genovo pole' areas. Legend tells about the steps of Krali Marko (Bulgarian folklore hero) stamped on the rocks at both banks of Malki Lom River.
The late ancient fortress 'Byalata stena' ('White wall' in English) is situated 4 km in north-western direction of Svalenik. It is set on long foreland with rocky slopes above the river.
Internet sources: bg.wikipedia.org; ivanovo.bg