Paddle and Pedal – Green Velo 6 days

Combine two sports into one! Paddle and Pedal through Augustów Primeval Forest and Augustów-Suwałki Lake District. 4 days kayaking and 2 days cycling.



6 days

65 km + 54 km

accommodation on the route

HB - breakfasts, dinners



Your adventure starts with a paddle in your hand – at first we kayak on Czarna Hańcza River and historic Augustów Canal with two manually operated locks. Then we get on the bikes and cycle along the nearby “Green Velo” cycle trail in the area of Augustów Primeval Forest and Augustów Canal. The route ends in the summer capital of Poland, Augustów ;).

Comfortable accommodation with different options to choose from; tasy, regional dishes; comprehensive organization.

The kayaking route – one of the most appealing and best known 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 cycling trail – easy; short distances; paved, gravel and sandy roads.

Accommodation: two options – campsites; agritourist farms/waterside hostels on the route.
Catering: HB – breakfasts and dinners

Czarna Hańcza River, Augustów Canal and Green Velo.

Wigry - Pokamedulski Klasztor, spływ kajakowy
Wiosłuj i Pedałuj kajaki i rowery SZOT
Czarna Hańcza spływ kajakowy Standard 6 dni SZOT
Czarna Hańcza spływ kajakowy Standard 6 dni SZOT
Wycieczka rowerowa Green Velo SZOT
Wiosłuj i Pedałuj kajaki i rowery SZOT


WiP1 | 28.07-02.08.2019 Sorry, lack of seats
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1st day:

till 11.00 – Arrival in Augustów, SZOT Base (how to find us) – office; water equipment rental – kayaks, canoes, bikes, tents; Villa Skomanda – hotel; restaurant; bungalow (8 comfortable rooms); summer houses; playground for children; outdoor sauna; sheltered barbeque area with a fireplace; fenced parking area.

In the neighborhood, there is a large bakery, where you can conveniently do shopping before you start your kayaking trip.

There is a possibility to book an extra night in Villa Skomanda before the kayaking trip – ask about the availability.

Transportation to the kayaking starting point – Wigry Lake; SZOT kayaking marina. We start with a short individual sightseeing of the Post-Camaldolese monastery complex, a place where Pope John Paul II rested during his pilgrimage to Poland in 1999. From here extends admiring view on the panorama of Wigry Lake. Before we start the tour, a short briefing will be provided (organizational and safety issues; kayaking instructions).

Kayaking route: Wigry – Maćkowa Ruda   /10 km

Our starting point is the area of Wigry National Park – Wigry Lake; Postaw Lake; Czarna Hańcza River meandering among tall reeds and water plants. While passing some small villages, the river occasionally divides, and thus we can see multiple small grassy islands along the way.

Night’s accommodation at an agritourist farm – very simple summer houses / campsite with a separate building with showers and toilets.

2nd day:

Kayaking route: Maćkowa Ruda – Frącki   /19 km

This section of the river is very calm and attractive. It is surrounded by high, steep riverbanks overgrown with trees. At the very beginning, the current is fast-flowing but safe; then, the speed decreases. Multiple bends, bifurcations, and backwater areas covered with rustling reeds are common here. The river is pretty wide and overgrown with numerous water plants, what makes the view even more magnificent.

Bonfire party in the evening.

Night’s accommodation at a waterside hotel – renovated summerhouses / campsite with a separate building with showers and toilets.

3rd day:

Kayaking route: Frącki – Mikaszówka   /23 km

This section of the river is calm and runs mostly along primeval grasslands. At the very beginning of this route, the current is slow, and riverbanks are covered with tall reeds. Then, we reach “the heart” of Augustów Primeval Forest, where Czarna Hańcza River runs through deep corners of forested swamplands. Then, the river narrows and strongly meanders. On the route there are some natural obstacles in form of fallen trees. The last two kilometers we kayak through the Augustów Canal regulated by historic, manually operated locks (must-see!).

Night’s accommodation at an agritourist farm – rooms with bathrooms / campsite

4th day:

Kayaking route: Mikaszówka – Płaska   /13 km

In Mikaszówka town there is an old wooden church built in the traditional architectural style, a perfect match for the wilderness of old-growth forests. The route starts on Augustów Canal; then we reach picturesque lakes that perfectly blend into the surrounding landscape of Augustów Primeval Forest. There are three locks on the route, and one of them (Paniewo lock) has two chambers (the difference in water levels is 6,40 m!).

Night’s accommodation at a waterside hotel – renovated summerhouses / campsite with a separate building with showers and toilets.

5th day:

Cycling trail:  Płaska – Przewięź   /26 km
(Płaska –  Studzieniczna – Przewięź )
Wy cycle along the “Green Velo” cycle trail, leading across Augustów Canal. It’s a great opportunity to have a close look on this 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. Then, we pass Swoboda Lock, Studzieniczne and Białe Lake. The ending point of the trip is at Ośrodek Wypoczynkowy in Przewięź.

Accommodation – holiday resort; summer houses with bathrooms; canteen; beach at Białe Lake / campsite.

6th day:

Cycling trail: Przewięź – around Sajno Lake  /28 km
(Przewięź – Wojciech – Białobrzegi – Augustów)
Here, a pleasant, forest trail goes along Augustów Primeval Forest, around Białe and Sajno Lake, where we’ll have a short break for admiring the magnificent landscape. Then, the route leads us to Białobrzegi Town, and back to SZOT Base in Augustów.


1189 PLN /person                    1079 PLN /children under the age of 12
STANDARD Option – accommodation at agritourist farms – 2/4-person rooms or summer houses on the route /without bedding/

1049 PLN /person                     939 PLN /children under the age of 12
CAMPSITE Option – accommodation at campsites on the route

Price includes

  • seat in a double SZOT KOMFORT kayak with paddling gear (paddle, life jacket, soft seat) – 4 days
  • KROSS bike – 2 days
  • accommodation – depending on your chosen option
  • catering (breakfast, dinner); children up to 12 – half servings
  • lifeguard / kayaking instructor guidance – 4 days; cycling tour guide – 2 days
  • transportation from Augustów to Wigry Lake in Wigry
  • Wigry National Park ticket
  • bonfire with sausages
  • daily luggage transports
  • map of the route – 1 map/kayak
  • accident insurance (AXA; 10000 PLN)
  • Guarantee Fund contribution of 0 PLN

Parking lot during the kayaking tour – for free.

For our regular guests we offer an additional discount.

If you have your own bike, you get 70 PLN discount.

Paid separately

  • lock fees – 4,20 PLN/kayak/lock (payable in cash at the lock; operated till 7pm)
  • renting a single SZOT kayak; kayaking in a double kayak individually – 50 PLN/trip
  • renting a single CAROLINA kayak – 100 PLN/trip
  • renting a double polyethylene kayak: CRUISER II / VISTA / HORIZON – 20 PLN/person/trip
  • accommodation in a single room/house – COMFORT option – 180 PLN/trip
  • renting a 2-person igloo tent – 140 PLN/trip + deposit of 50 PLN
  • renting a foam mattress – 12 PLN/trip
  • renting a waterproof bag (55l) or barrel (3,5l/10,4l) – 18 PLN/trip + deposit of 50 PLN
  • sauna bathing – 150 PLN/90 min./group
  • available to purchase in the SZOT office: maps, waterproof mobile phone cases, sport gloves, sun hats and raincoats.

Additional information

  • The cycling program is designed for people aged 13-80, who are actively involved in bicycle touring, and their skills and physical condition is adequate to participate in this event. Kayaking trip is available for everyone – even young children (we provide 2- and 3-person kayaks).
  • trip members must be in an appropriate state of health, which allows to participate in a kayaking/cycling and trip. Kids and teenagers can take part in a kayaking/cycling trip only under supervision of their parents or legal age guardians
  • Accommodation:
    • STANDARD option: 2/4-person rooms at agritourist farms or 2/4person summer houses without a private bathroom; situated on the route.
    • CAMPSITE option: campsites located near agritourist farms on the route; with a separate building with toilets and showers.
  • Food: delicious, home-made meals with elements of regional cuisine. Dinner is served on the first day of your stay, breakfast – on the last day.
  • We provide first-quality 1-, 2-, and 3-persons kayaks
  • The minimum number of participants: 8 persons
  • There is a possibility to book an extra night in Villa Skomanda before or after the kayaking trip – with a discount
  • The luggage should be packed in a backpack or a tourist bag, not in a suitcase. The content of each luggage should not exceed 20 kg/person and contain large objects, such as deckchairs.
  • Things you should take with you: bicycle helmet, sleeping bag (accommodation on the route does not include bedding). In a CAMPSITE option: a tent and a foam mattress (you can rent these in SZOT office).
  • We also suggest you to take: comfortable, lightweight footwear – sandals/ slides/ water shoes, mosquito repellant, fleece sweatshirts, warm clothes suitable for night weather conditions, fingerless gloves, raincoats, and of course, a GOOD MOOD!



Spływy kajakowe z pasją, Czarna Hańcza, Rospuda, Kanał Augustowski
ul. Konwaliowa 2
Augustów 16-300, Polska

+48 87 644 67 58

+48 601 146 703