1-day kayaking trips to Belarus on Augustów Canal. VISA-FREE!
Augustów Canal – surrounded by woods of Augustów Primeval Forest; a unique artificial waterway, on a European scale, which combines both natural forces of Mother Nature and the ingenuity of men. It is a cross-border area which connects three borders, namely: Polish, Belorussian, and Lithuanian. Moreover, in 1968, the Augustów Canal was declared a monument of Polish technology. It is considered one of the greatest natural wonders of nature, and in 2009, it received a Golden Certificate of the Polish Tourist Organization. Moreover, in 2015, it became one of the “seven wonders” of Poland.
The canal has a total length of 103,6 km (approx. 63 miles), The watershed area of the canal on the Polish side of the border is 81 km. The total difference in water levels, which is 54 m, is regulated by 18 historic, renovated locks (14 on the Polish side, 3 on the Belarusian side, and 1 on the border). In Poland, the biggest lock is in Paniewo – with two chambers and the difference in water levels of 6,40 m; and in Belarus – Niemnowo lock with 4 chambers and the difference in water levels of 9,8m.
Border crossing and passport control is performed in a kayak.
The route is relatively easy, recommended for everyone with a good physical condition, even for beginners.
There is no current, no obstacles and no portages.
8.00 AM – meeting in Augustów – SZOT BASE – office, equipment rental – kayaks, canoes, bikes, tents, etc. Villa Skomanda, restaurant, summer houses, outdoor sauna, barbeque sheltered area with a fireplace, car park.
In the neighborhood, there is a large bakery, where you can conveniently do shopping before you start your trip
There is a possibility to book an extra night in Villa Skomanda before the trip – ask about the availability
8.30 AM – transportation to the kayaking starting point.
At Kurzyniec lock there is a water border checkpoint with customs clearance and passport control. Then, we continue on Augustów Canal on the Belarusian side, among natural forests and beautiful steep riverbanks overgrown with wild flora, away from crowded streets and buildings. In Dąbrówka we have a little break and time to rest. Then, at around 7-8 PM, we return to Augustów the same way. There are four locks on the route.
At the end there is a water border checkpoint with customs clearance and passport control at Kurzyniec lock.
~ 7.00 – 8.00 PM – planned return to Augustów.
179 PLN /person 169 PLN /children under the age of 12
Parking lot during the trip – FOR FREE.