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Canoeing & wild swimming

5 days in the undiscovered Augustów Forest

Canoeing & wild swimming

5 days in the undiscovered Augustów Forest

Canoeing & wild swimming

5 days in the undiscovered Augustów Forest

Go canoeing, camping and wild swimming in the wildest part of Europe

Spend 5 days in the undiscovered Augustów Forest with a local guide, an experienced kayaking and bushcraft instructor. Canoe through the forest along the border of Poland and Lithuania, go wild swimming, put up a tent and pop into sauna. Relax in the wild and recharge. Completely.

The tour starts in Warsaw. We will pick you up at your hotel and travel up north into the rural Poland to canoe along the most beautiful Polish lowland rivers, Czarna Hańcza and Marycha that straddle the Poland-Lithuania border quietly flowing through the reed bed and forest. We will spend three nights camping at a riverside and have local farmers serve us delicious home made meals. We will also have plenty of opportunities for a wild swim and relaxing in the sauna, popular in this region under the ‘Russian banya’ name.

We will finish the canoeing at a tripoint of Poland, Lithuania and Belarus and spend the last night at a guesthouse in the Wigry National Park with a chance to swim in the pure waters of the tranquil Wigry Lake.

Wildlife is plentiful and although it’s not the main goal of this tour, you may see birds like Swans, Kingfisher or a White-tailed Eagle. Seeing the tracks of Wolves or signs of Beavers is also quite common in this area.

Our experienced local guide, kayaking and bushcraft specialist knows these rivers as the back of his hand and will accompany you throughout this tour and keep you informed and point out everything that can’t be missed.

Duration

5 days, 4 nights
Start and end: Warsaw

Board & lodging

3 nights camping
1 night at guesthouse
All meals included

Transport

Minibus

Activities

Canoeing and camping in the wild
+ sauna and wild swimming

Small groups

4-10 persons
Minimum age: 15 yrs

Price

3650 PLN per person
Deposit: 500 PLN
Single room: +300 PLN

Relax and recharge in the wild. Completely.

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Day by day itinerary

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Day 1: Pickup at Warsaw, transfer to Wigry NP, canoeing Czarna Hańcza River

In the morning we will pick you up at your hotel in Warsaw and transfer to the rural north-eastern Poland to start our canoeing journey at the edge of the Wigry National Park. This afternoon we will start slowly with 12 km (ca. 3 hrs) of the Czarna Hańcza River and finish at a quiet camping ground. Local farmers will serve a traditional home made dinner and invite us to the sauna. Afterwards, you can enjoy swimming under the stars in the calm river – a deeply reenergising experience.

Camping in the tents provided by Wild Poland

Meals included: lunch en route, dinner

Day 2: Canoeing Czarna Hańcza River

You can enjoy a wild swim (as every other morning) while we chop some wood for a campfire and brew the usual fresh coffee. After a hearty breakfast served outside we will head on further down the river for a full day canoeing adventure (21 km and ca. 6 hrs on the water). The river here gets narrower and a lot more fun to paddle with its meanders, fallen trees and unscathed nature around.

We will stop for lunch at a riverside and local farmers will serve us some pancakes and soup. There will be a chance for a wild swim or a short walk in the forest picking berries, mushrooms or just enjoying the silence. In the afternoon we will get back into our canoes for an atmospheric cruise down the river until evening. Tonight we will again camp at a riverside and enjoy a yet another home made dinner by local farmers and of course – the sauna.

Camping in the tents provided by Wild Poland

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 3: Canoeing Czarna Hańcza River, Pomorze Lake & Marycha River

After another substantial breakfast served outdoors by local farmers we will pack our gear and continue canoeing the Czarna Hańcza River along it’s most beautiful and fun stretch full of sharp bends and obstacles (9 km/3hrs).

After lunch at a local cafeteria and a wild swim (a must!) we will transfer to a nearby Pomorze Lake to continue canoeing. The lake is a quiet zone and has a forested shore line thus offering a truly relaxing end of the day. Flowing out of it, hidden in the reeds is a narrow and undiscovered Marycha River – a real gem for wilderness lovers. We will slowly paddle across the Lake and into the Marycha River to finish this day at a tiny village near the border with Lithuania.

We will again camp at a riverside, try a yet another traditional Polish dinner, jump into sauna and the River itself.

Camping in the tents provided by Wild Poland

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 4: Canoeing Marycha River up to tripoint of Poland, Lithuania and Belarus

Today, we will canoe a completely forested stretch of our favourite Marycha River along the border with Lithuania up to a tripoint of Poland, Lithuania and Belarus. The river is shallow and calm but canoeing may be even more adventurous than previous days as there are many natural obstacles in the form of fallen trees. It may require a lot of manoeuvring and you may even have to carry your canoe over a log at times! The natural landscapes here are breathtaking and the silence and nature calls deeply de-stressing.

We may get as far as the tripoint and the border with Belarus but will have to paddle against the stream for about 1 mile from there as our pickup team and the van cannot meet anywhere closer. Once picked up, we will transfer to a cosy guesthouse at the edge of the Wigry National Park for our last night with the usual hearty dinner and sauna.

A total of 23 km and 7 hrs on the water today.

Pensjonat Wigierski guesthouse or similar

Meals included: breakfast, packed lunch, dinner

Day 5: Wild swimming & transfer to Warsaw

This morning you will get a chance for a wild swim in one of Poland’s most beautiful and cleanest lakes – the famous Wigry Lake that lies within the National Park carrying its name.

After a hearty breakfast back at our guesthouse, we will set off for a ca. 5 hours journey back to Warsaw. We will stop for lunch en route and plan to arrive at Warsaw by 16:00. We will drop you off at a hotel, if you stay in Warsaw or drive you to the WAW airport.

Hotel: none. You can choose to extend your stay in Warsaw and book a hotel at your own expense.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch

Key information

Board & lodging

We will spend 3 nights camping at a riverside. Our tents are new and spacey, twin or single occupancy. Camping grounds are very basic (basically just a meadow) but equipped with a sauna/russian banya that we will be free to use each night.

We will dine outside on most days. All our hosts serve gorgeous traditional Polish food. Breakfasts are a hearty local treat that can set you up for the day. We will take packed lunches to eat in the field or take a midday break at farmers or a local cafe. In the evenings our hosts will serve a hearty dinner.

In addition we will make a campfire each evening and morning to brew some fresh coffee or smoke sausages the traditional Polish way.

One last night at a comfortable mid-range guesthouse in the countryside, twin rooms with private facilities. Sauna available.

Transport

Our professional driver and guide will pick you up at your hotel in Warsaw with a comfortable minibus and will transfer the group to the Wigry National Park on day 1 and back the same way on day 5. During the tour we will also have a local minibus transferring us between sites a couple of times.

Fitness level - is this tour for me?

An ability to swim and previous canoeing/kayaking experience are essential to join this tour. This trip requires basic fitness to paddle for several hours a day, carry your own luggage or even your canoe at times.

We will spend three and a half days (incl. three nights) in the wild, regardless of the weather, canoeing between 3 and 7 hrs a day. The waters are generally calm but rivers are narrow and may require a lot of manoeuvring.

Tour leader - an experienced local guide

You will be accompanied by an English speaking Wild Poland guide, an experienced kayaking and bushcraft instructor throughout this tour. He knows these rivers as the back of his hand and will keep you informed and point out everything that can’t be missed.

Joining & departure

The tour starts in Warsaw. Participants arrive in Warsaw and accommodate there at their own expense. We will pick you up at your hotel in Warsaw on day 1, no later than 08:00.

The tour ends on day 5 at ca. 16:00 when we arrive at Warsaw. Participants book a hotel there and flights home at their own expense. We will drop you off at a hotel of your choice or the WAW airport. If you fly home from WAW on this day your flight mustn’t depart before 18:00. Please let us know your travel arrangements to make sure you will be on time for your flight.

What to bring - essential luggage & clothing

Canoes and spacey tents are provided by us so no need to carry your own 🙂 There are, however, several items of a more personal nature that are necessary or recommended to have:

You should bring the following necessary items:

  • waterproof dry bag for kayaking (ca. 30 l),
  • sleeping bag (0-5°C comfort zone),
  • mat or mattress,
  • mess tin with cup and cutlery,
  • towel and toiletry,
  • torch/headlamp,
  • insect repellent,
  • sunhat,
  • raincoat.

You may consider bringing the following useful items:

  • trekking sandals (to use in water, canoe),
  • additional towel for sauna,
  • swim suit,
  • pocket knife,
  • binoculars,
  • thermo flask/cup,
  • powerbank for your electronic devices.

Common questions

Eating & drinking

Polish food is very good, usually made from fresh produce. We are certainly meat eaters, not shunning from the fatty cuts. Pork and poultry are most popular. Soups are also a very Polish dish and while we do like our broth and borsch, many other soups are a full meal in itself.

Breakfasts tend to be hearty and often consist of fried or scrambled eggs, boiled or fried sausage, cold cuts, cheese, tomatoes and bread. A sweet version consisting of cheese/jam filled pancakes or racuchy (pancakes with apples) is also quite common.

For lunches we will take packed sets to eat in the field or stop at farmers or a local cafe where possible.

Dinners are a substantial 3-course meal served by the farmers or at the guesthouse.

Vegetarians & vegans

These days vegetarians are usually well catered for, but please let us know at the time of booking. However, it can be difficult for vegans, as dairy produce and eggs occur in the vast majority of meals. Therefore we recommend that you bring some supplementary items.

Travel & medical insurance

We (Wild Poland) are fully insured tour operator as required by Polish and European law. However, all participants must additionally be covered by personal travel and medical insurance, preferably from the time of booking. This should cover you fully against the cost of cancellation by you, lost baggage, medical care and repatriation as well as include canoeing and wild swimming activities.

We do not provide or check personal travel insurance policies. See our booking conditions › for more details.

How is my money protected?

First of all, we are a registered tour operator in Poland. All holidays by Wild Poland are protected by the Mazovian Province and our AXA tour operator insurance. In the unlikely event of our insolvency, the Province executives guarantee to refund any money you have paid to us for any future booking.

Secondly – you get 100% money back guarantee with Wild Poland. By booking, you will be asked to pay a small deposit to confirm your place. It allows us to book the hotels etc. in your name. In a rare case that we have to cancel the departure because of insufficient number of participants, you will be refunded the full deposit amount. Small differences in the refunded amount may occur because of varying exchange rates.

Finally, we use Poland’s leading online payments gateway called PayU ›. Any critical credit card details are only entered at their secure pages and we have no access to, nor do we withhold any credit card details.

Dates, prices & booking

100% Money Back Guarantee with Wild Poland

By booking, you will be asked to pay a small deposit to confirm your place. In a rare case that we have to cancel the departure because of insufficient number of participants, you will be refunded the full deposit amount.

When booking a guaranteed tour within 30 days of departure you will be asked for a full payment instead of just the deposit.

16 – 20 Jun 2021

SPACES
available

PRICE
3650 PLN

SINGLE
+300 PLN

21 – 25 Jul 2021

SPACES
available

PRICE
3650 PLN

SINGLE
+300 PLN

18 – 22 Aug 2021

SPACES
available

PRICE
3650 PLN

SINGLE
+300 PLN

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