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The Czarna Hańcza River and the Augustowski Canal 6 days

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The Czarna Hancza River and Augustow Canal - 6 days kayaking, organized

The Czarna Hancza River and Augustow Canal - 6 days kayaking, organized

Spend your holidays with a paddle in your hand!
Beautiful, yet wild nature, charming villages located on the riverbanks, friendly locals – isn’t it the setting of your dream vacation? 
It is all there, waiting to be discovered while kayaking on the Czarna Hancza river meandering gently among forests of the Augustow Primeval Forest. Afterwards, the route leads you to the Augustow Canal with its historic, hand-operated locks and picturesque lakes.

Before starting your kayaking trip, short sightseeing of Post – Camaldolian Monastery in Wigry.
The kayaking route is easy, right for beginners and families with children. The river is quite wide with gentle turns and meanders. There is no need to carry the kayak on any part of the river. Current is rapid but safe. We offer complete organization of the whole trip with various accommodation options and possibility to have delicious home food served on premises.

The most scenic and the most famous kayaking route in Poland!




1st day
Up to 12.00 – arrival at the SZOT Base in Augustów (how to find us).
In the SZOT Base, apart from the office, you can also find: water equipment rental, Villa Skomanda guest house (comfortable guest rooms, dinning room), summer houses, playground, outdoor dry sauna, small pond with pier, sheltered area with campfire, car park.
In the neighborhood, there is a large bakery, where you can conveniently do shopping before you start your kayaking trip.
It is possible to arrive earlier or extend the stay with accommodation in Villa Skomanda guest house or summer houses at the SZOT Base. Advance booking required.

To start, we set off to Wigry – a little village with a scenic view over Lake Wigry and the Post Camedulian Monastery, visited in 1999 by Pope John II. The monastery is open for sightseeing and if you wish, a time for individual short sightseeing is planned.

Before you sit comfortably in your kayaks, there is a short briefing where the safety rules, kayaking techniques and organizational matters will be discussed.

Kayaking route: Wigry – Buda Ruska (14 km)
The trip starts on Lake Wigry, which belongs to Wigry National Park region. Next, there is a small Lake Postaw and finally, among high reeds we reach the beginning of the meandering Czarna Hańcza river. Along the river banks, we will see plenty of small villages sitting neatly on its sides. In this part of the river, there is quite a number of river arms and small islands overgrown with grass. In the evening, after you reach your accommodation, it is possible to use sauna, if you wish.
Accommodation - summer houses or campsite; toilets, outdoor shower.

2nd day
Kayaking route: Buda Ruska – Frącki (16 km)
We begin with the wide part of the river with slow current and islands overgrown with reed, meadows and fields. Next comes a very interesting part with high, steep and wooded banks. As you enter this part, the current is quite rapid, however, it is still very safe and soon it changes back into a slower one. The river in this part has many arms, gentle turns, meanders and reeded backwaters. The scenery is simply majestic!
Today’s stop is in village Frącki where, not far from your accommodation, you will find a small shop and a waterside hostel with a bar. For the evening, a bonfire is planned.
Accommodation – guest rooms, bathrooms / campsite.

3rd day
Kayaking route: Frącki – Mikaszówka (23 km)
In this part of the route the river flows slowly, mainly through the meadows of the Augustow Primeval Forest, leaving behind villages and its buildings. There are no obstacles on the way, as the river goes through a corridor of high grass and reeds. Next the rivers flows into the very middle of the Augustow Primeval Forest and meanders through marshed valley with wooded banks. The current in this part of the river is faster, yet safe, enabling easier kayaking. The river is winding; some fallen trees on the way, though it is easy to swim them round. At the end of this leg the Augustow Canal starts, so you will have a chance to see and go through the first two locks which are manually handled. It is definitely a huge attraction! This part of the trip finishes in Mikaszówka. A place worth visiting here is a wooden church built in sylvan style.
Accommodation – guest rooms with bathrooms or campsite; in the village – shop and a snack bar.

4th day
Kayaking route: Mikaszówka – Płaska (13 km)
The kayaking trip starts on the Augustow Canal and next we move on lakes, picturesquely situated in the Augustow Primeval Forest. There are three more locks on the way, one of them – the Paniewo lock is a double one, with its water levels difference reaching 6,40 meters!
Accommodation – guest rooms with bathrooms or campsite; in the village – shop and food outlets.

5th day
Kayaking route: Płaska – Przewięź (15 km)
Waters of the Augustow Canal are calm and its many bays are full of water birds and beavers, finding a safe place to stay in the river banks’ greenery. As you go by, on the right hand side you will see the mouth of the Cicha Rzeczka river that leads to Lake Serwy. Next there is the longest, straight canal part, so called the Czarnobrodzki Canal, hugged by ever green forests. There are two more locks on the way.
Accommodation – summer houses, bathrooms or campsite; in the village – shop, food outlets, bars.

6th day
Kayaking route: Przewięź – Augustów (10 km)
The last part of the kayaking trip leads through majestic lakes. Studzieniczna Lake is the first one, with another lock on the way, the Przewięź lock; White Lake is next. There is a plenty of beaches with convenient places for swimming along the Canal sides. Lake Necko and White Lake are very attractive for sailing, as well as for motorboat sports.
Remember to stay close to lake sides, as while being on the water it is the smaller boat that gives way to the bigger one. Additionally, there is a side wave on lakes, thus staying on the sides makes kayaking easier.
The final stop is on Lake Necko, close to the water ski lift by the "Radiowa Trojka" Pier.


759 PLN/per person       699 PLN/child under 12
STANDARD Option – campsite accommodation

889 PLN/per person       829 PLN/child under 12
COMFORT Option - accommodation in agrotourism farms or in summer houses (no bedding)

1169 PLN/per person     929 PLN/child under 12
LUX Option – accommodation in Villa Skomanda guest house (SZOT Base) in Augustów
*child with parents in one room


  • seat in a double szot Comfort / Voyager kayak with equipment (paddles, life jackets, soft seats)
  • transfers from Augustow to Wigry and return one from Lake Necko to SZOT Base
  • preferred accommodation
  • board (breakfast and dinner)
  • lifeguard / instructor care
  • campfire with sausages
  • Wigry National Park fee
  • lock fee
  • daily kayaker’s luggage transport
  • daily transfer of people to the hotel (option LUX)
  • insurance – accident policy cover (AXA total insurance amount: 5000 PLN)
Free Car Park for our kayakers!


  • If you just to spend your free time in an active way, you are more than welcome to join us and become a kayaker! No matter how old or fit you are, as kayakers are of different age and shape. They are families with children or students, couples and those kayaking on their own. Simply everyone who just wishes to spend his free time actively, in fresh air and surrounded by beautiful nature. Anyone who wants to meet new people, looks for an adventure and enjoys spending free time with family or friends.
  • Accommodation – COMFORT Option: guest rooms or summer houses which are located along the kayaking route, by the river. STANDARD Option: campsites conveniently situated by the guest houses. Facilities available: toilets, showers, and bonfire places.
  • Board – tasty, home-made breakfasts and dinners prepared for you on the spot in your agrotouristic lodging. Option LUX – meals served on the track or back in Augustow. The board served throughout the whole kayaking trip time; first service – dinner at the day of arrival , last service – breakfast in the departure day.
  • We provide comfortable and safe double, very stable kayaks SZOT Comfort or fast and agile SZOT Voyager kayaks produced by us. For families of three – with child up to approx. 9 years old, we provide a triple kayak Prijon Cruiser. Our kayaks are regularly serviced and after each season we purchase new units.
  • In the afternoons, we often play volleyball, badminton or other team games. We go for walks too. In the evenings, we integrate by the campfires:) sing and play, so if you can play any instrument take it with you for the trip!
  • Showers on the campsite in STANDRD Option are paid separately.
  • The event is organized with minimal amount of eight participants.
  • Optional night accommodation before or after the trip available in Villa Skomanda guest house or SZOT summer houses.
  • Client's luggage to be transported everyday cannot exceed the weight of 20 kg per person and include large items such as deckchairs etc.
  • You must take with you: a sleeping bag (no bed sheets provided), and in STANDARD Option also a tent and foam mattress (for camping) or rent these in SZOT Base. It is also good to have a hat, sun lotion, light hiking shoes, warm clothes for the evening, a raincoat (just in case), sport gloves and of course a GOOD MOOD!


  • renting SZOT Single kayak or kayaking on your own – 85 PLN
  • renting double Prjion Cruiser II (polythene kayak) – 30 PLN/per person
  • renting a double or triple igloo tent – 89 PLN/per trip
  • renting a foam mattress – 6 PLN/per trip
  • renting a waterproof bag / barrel – 18 PLN/per trip
  • showers on campsites – 7-10 PLN for 10 min
  • sauna – about 100 PLN/per group
  • available to purchase in the SZOT office: maps, waterproof mobile phone cases, sport gloves, sun hats and raincoats.

It is possible to organize an individual kayaking trip. While choosing this option, it is you and your friends to decide about the route, date of your excursion as well as about all the other services that you may require. Equipment rental prices you can find here.

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Polish Chamber of Tourism
We are a registered tourism operator - No. 17/00/04 issued by the Marshal 
of the Podlaskie Voivodeship. 
We also posses Tourist Organiser Insurance AXA TUiR S.A. 04.206.802.

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