Krutynia – a river without secrets
Anyone who has ever travelled the Krutynia route will agree that it is one of the most beautiful in Poland. And Masuria explored from a canoe is not only an idyll, but also an exciting adventure.
The Krutynia river starts its course in the Mragowo Lake District, flows out of Warpuńskie Lake, crosses lakes in the Masurian Plain and ends its course in the Land of the Great Masurian Lakes. The trail leads through a dozen or so lakes connected by short rivers, which have been given the common name Krutynia.
The whole trail consists of almost 102 kilometres of marked routes, winding through picturesque areas, from Sorkwity to Ruciane-Nida. On the trail there are 10 PTTK (Polish Tourist and Sightseeing Society) water stations waiting for us, where we can rest, eat and stay overnight.
What makes this trail so special?
Clear water, voices of nature, stunning views and desertion in some less popular sections of the trail. No matter where you are at the moment, you will be enchanted.
More than half of the trail runs in the Masurian Landscape Park, and the marked route runs in the vicinity of 10 nature reserves. This means that here you are looking at nature and nature is looking at you.
The grey heron will accompany you as you cross the river from Ukta to Bełdany Lake, and if you have a good eye, you can see the white-tailed eagle and the black stork.
More information – www.mazurypttk.pl
The section of the route from Krutyń to Ukta is considered to be one of the most beautiful. Sailing 13 km, you will absorb the omnipresent greenery, delighted and surprised that so little is needed for happiness.
In the initial part of the trail, by the lakes, you will find charming and secluded beaches and campsites, as well as places where you can have a tasty meal.
But the Krutynia Trail is not only nature. Following it, it is worth stopping a few times and also looking at the memories of history. From the fortified settlement of the Old Prussian tribe of Galindians in Zyndaki, through the Old Believers’ monastery in Wojnowo, to the shelters and fortifications from World War I and World War II in Ruciane-Nida. The historic Guzianka water gate is also very impressive.
Whoever comes to Krutynia once, will come back many times. Stunning greenery, birds singing, the ethereal smell of the forest and soothing peace and quiet on less frequented sections of the trail.
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