A weekend package with meals and an active program – one-day kayaking trip on Czarna Hańcza or Rospuda River combined with a bicycle trip in an individual option. '2022 DATES
Wouldn’t you love to find a quiet oasis far away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life? Pack your suitcase and escape to Augustów to enjoy the mystery of wild and relaxing nature. Get out of your daily routine– energize with nature! Forest and water will calm you down and relax.
Combine two sports into one! Paddle and Pedal through Augustów Primeval Forest and Augustów-Suwałki Lake District.
Comfortable accommodation – hotel or campsite right next to, tasty home-made meals, a few hours’ adventure in a kayak on Czarna Hańcza River or the wilder Rospuda River, and an individual bicycle trip. Lots of additional attractions on-site. Augustów nights… and days 🙂
Accommodation: Augustów – Villa Skomanda hotel or a campsite.
Meals: HB – buffet breakfast, dinner
Arrival in Augustów, check-in /possible from 3 PM till 11 PM/.
The SZOT Base (how to find us) is located on 8 hectares of land. There are Villa Skomanda – a hotel with a restaurant, bungalow – rooms with separate entrances from the veranda, 4-person summer houses. There is also the SZOT tourist office, kayak and canoes rental, a playground for children, a traditional wood-fired sauna, a sheltered barbecue area with a bonfire place, and a large car park. Everything in a fenced area, surrounded by a forest and a large green space.
We are situated in a picturesque part of Augustów town, close to Augustów Primeval Forest, Augustów Canal, and “Green Velo” cycle trail.
A short briefing (organizational and safety issues; kayaking instructions). Transportation to the kayaking starting point.
Activities to choose from: 1-day kayaking trip /no guide/:
1. Czarna Hańcza River and Augustów Canal: Dworczysko – Mikaszówka /12 km
11:00 AM – transportation to the starting place; the planned return: 5:30-6.00 PM
One of the most appealing and best known kayaking routes in Poland. The river is relatively wide, and it has a mild current that makes it easier to kayak. It meanders calmly along grasslands and woods of Augustów Primeval Forest. Its relaxing atmosphere is driven by the river’s gentle bends, curves, and fallen trees that are easy to pass. In general, the route is not difficult, suitable for beginners and families with children. The last two kilometers we kayak through the Augustów Canal regulated by historic, manually operated locks (must-see!). In Mikaszówka there is an old wooden church built in the traditional architectural style, a perfect match for the wilderness of old-growth forests.
Duration: approx. 4,5 hours (with several stops in the meantime). More information is here.
Transportation from the ending point back to Augustów.
2. Rospuda River: Małe Raczki – Święte Miejsce /15 km
8:30 AM – transportation to the starting place; the planned return: 3:30-4.00 PM.
Along the river there are sections with sharp curves, fallen trees and large boulders, but there are also calmer ones, where the river is mild and free of obstacles. In summertime the route is relatively easy. Surrounded by beautiful, picturesque scenery! On the route there are two unique spots to visit: the ruins of Pac Palace in Dowspuda, and Święte Miejsce nature reserve – cultural and religious site.
Duration: approx. 4 hours (with several stops in the meantime). More information is here.
Transportation from the ending point back to Augustów. Dinner.
Breakfast. Check-out till 11:00 AM.
Individual bicycle trip (maps of bicycle routes and necessary information are available at the reception).
Recommended route: „Around the Sajno Lake” /25 km
The route partly leads along the asphalt path of the GREEN VELO trail. Then, picturesque paths surrounded by centuries-old forests of Augustów Primeval Forest, the second largest forest area in our country, as well as on the lakesides. Closeness to nature, beautiful landscapes, richness of forest undergrowth and the opportunity to meet rare species of animals or birds. Easy route, places for stops. Starting and ending point at SZOT Base.
Optional: Augustów sightseeing, hiking/cycling trip, cruise, more options for one-day kayaking trips, etc.
Parking lot – free.
Terms and conditions of Villa Skomanda are here.
In order to ensure safe and peaceful stay, we kindly request you to familiarize yourself with the rules and follow them. Making a reservation “Be Active – Paddle and Pedal” package means you accept these regulations.