We checked and can swear for it. These 5 rivers will not disappoint you. The best spots for perfect kayaking in Northern Poland and perfhaps the whole country.

Czarna Hancza in Wigierski National Park

We went there last year and were just blown away by the beauty of the river and the forest around it. Waters of Czarna Hańcza are crystal clear, but the best thing about the trip is that it is not just for camping lovers anymore.

The only way to get something to eat on the river was to buy sweet buns from the old ladies, who used to hang out on the river bends. Nowadays, there are less and less of them. But the nature abhors the vaccum. Today you can stop in the tiny tiny bars that serves cold beer and potato pancakes. And even play beach volleyball while you wait for your meal.

There are also many camping sites on the banks of the river, as well as quite nice homestays. The most popular are being booked months in advance.

To travel through the whole Czarna Hańcza, you would probably need a week. However, if you have just one day, start in Maćkowa Ruda and follow the river until Studziany Las or Frącki (to Frącki you need around 8 hours).

Where: Suwalszczyzna





















Kayaking in Czarna Hańcza


Krutynia is a beautiful river in Mazury, perfect for a few day trip. Just like in Czarna Hańcza, you will meet here old ladies selling buns and lots of mini bars on the banks. The most popular starting point is in a town Sorkwity.

Where: Mazury

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I would be suprised if there is a single person over thirty in Poland who doesn’t know what Rospuda is. The river came into the spotlight in 2007. This is when the construction of long needed bypass of the city Augustów (one of the most popular holiday desitnations in Poland) began.

According to the plan the bypass was suppose to go through the protected lands of the valley of Rospuda river. This of course caused a huge riots of ecology community and 2 years after the plans where changed. Rospuda was saved so today you can enjoy its beauty.

Rospuda is going through fantastic terrains of Suwalszczyzna. And did you know you can acctually stop on the way and spend the evening in the sauna at the edge  of the lake? (more about sauna customs in Northern Poland in our previous post)

Where: Suwalszczyzna

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Wda and Brda

If you go even further West, you will find another perfect lakeside with mellow rivers. Two sisters, rivers Wda and Brda go around Kaszuby. Closeness to the railway and Gdańsk, which has very good connection with the other big cities in Poland and abroad, makes them one of the most convenient kayaking spots in Poland.

The good starting points are:

  • for Brda: Swornegacie
  • for Wda: Borsk, Tleń

Where: Kaszuby, Pomerania.

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Accomodation – where to stay during kayaking in Northern Poland

We recommend following places for your stay:

Campings: Majorka nad Czarną Hańczą

Resorts: Półwysep Lipa in Kaszuby

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Justyna Dzik

Author Justyna Dzik

Hi there! I am Justyna and my goal is to make you fall in love with Poland. I traveled my country back and forth by bike, car, train, bus... Even a baloon. I advice to independent tourists and guide tours organized by Plan Poland. I am the author of ZDalaOdBiura.pl travel blog. Contact me if you need help in organizing your visit.

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Join the discussion 2 Comments

  • AVI says:

    we are traveling from torun to gdansk and we would like to make 2 routes with kayak
    on the way each 3-4 hours and one of them will end at the baltic sea .
    can you kindly tell me starting and finishing points for kayaking
    and were do i rent the kayaks ?
    thanks a lot

  • Justyna Dzik says:

    Hi Avi,
    Sorry but I never did this kind of route (that would end in the Baltic Sea), so cannot recommend anything. However if you would be interested, we could do the research and prepare a detailed plan of the travel for you.

    Neverthless, since I guess that you are ready to make a detour in order to exercise your plan, I would recommend Wda as a good river for you. We wrote about it in our post, starting point might be in Borsk.

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