Kayak routes

1 day routes

 

1.1. River Buka – Lake Baluoš. (to Vaidžiųškė km.) 10 km (4 hours)

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    River Buka – Lake Baluoš. (to Vaidžiųškė km.), 10 km.

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    about 4 hours.

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The winding Būka flows all the way to Lake Baluošis exclusively in forest areas. On the left bank there is the Ažvinčiai forest, on the right – the Vyžiai forest. The surrounding forests and forests feed the river with its own waters, therefore Būka is one of the cleanest rivers in Lithuania. Būka once served as a way for souls to sail. In the river you will notice the remains of wooden dams that were designed to raise the water level to allow souls to float freely.
You will start the route at the Ineiga campsite. Here it is convenient to prepare for a hike, to go kayaking on the shallow river bank.
Compared to Žeimena, Būka is much narrower, the curves are smaller here, so you never know what is waiting for a turn. The river flows through moist forests, which makes the coastal vegetation here more diverse than in the winding Žeimena through the sandy pine forests, therefore there are fewer stops near Buka.
Passing through Vaišnoriškės village, you will bypass the bridges of the villagers and see ancient folk style buildings. The village is divided by the old Tauragnai – Braslav road. Where the road crosses the Buka River, there was an old tavern on the right bank, mentioned as early as 1765.
From the village of Vaišnoriškė, the narrowed riverbed becomes winding, the flow of water becomes stronger. There are deeper pits in the bends. As you swim, you’ll discover several impressive tree dumps created by old trees falling from steep sandy cliffs into the river. In several places, kayaks may need to be moved over tree barriers or dragged along the shore. Remember that when lifting a kayak through a tree barrier, the actions of both team members must be coordinated! Otherwise, there is a risk of unplanned bathing in the river waters. It is, of course, an extreme adventure that gives good emotions.
In some places the riverbed branches into two parts. One of them is a false furrow, ending in a dead end and a dead end. After passing such a branch, determine from the movement of aquatic plants which branch of the river flows freely. There and swim.
After admiring the views of Buka and overcoming all its obstacles, you will enter Lake Baluošas. It opens up to a landscape of amazing beauty: there are 7 islands in the lake, and the shoreline is overgrown with pine trees. When you enter Baluošas, you will find Adomragis on your right. It is a beautiful place to stay, to strengthen yourself with food. If you are not sailing alone, you can wait here for your entire team to gather. You will also find a great place to swim in Adomragy. A particularly transparent atabrad is at the very tip of the horn.
We kindly ask everyone who has stopped in this beautiful place not to leave rubbish. You can throw them away at the place of accommodation or finish.
Continue on Lake Baluošis in a south-easterly direction until you reach a concrete bridge connecting Baluošis and Baluošykščiai lakes. It will be about 1.5 km. road or 15-20 min. swimming. You need to apply to the opposite shore of the lake. On the left, Liepų Island must remain, on the right – a promontory called Beržaragis. From Beržaragis promontory you will see the finish – a concrete bridge, in front of it and you will finish your route.

 

1.2. River Būka – river Srovė (to Ginučiai mill), 15 km., About 5.5 hours.

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    River Būka – river Srovė (to Ginučiai mill), 15 km.

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    about 5.5 hours

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The winding Būka flows all the way to Lake Baluošis exclusively in forest areas. On the left bank there is the Ažvinčiai forest, on the right – the Vyžiai forest. The surrounding forests and forests feed the river with its own waters, therefore Būka is one of the cleanest rivers in Lithuania. Būka once served as a way for souls to sail. In the river you will notice the remains of wooden dams that were designed to raise the water level to allow souls to float freely.
You will start the route at the Ineiga campsite. Here it is convenient to prepare for a hike, to go kayaking on the shallow river bank.
Compared to Žeimena, Būka is much narrower, the curves are smaller here, so you never know what is waiting for a turn. The river flows through moist forests, which makes the coastal vegetation here more diverse than in the winding Žeimena through the sandy pine forests, therefore there are fewer stops near Buka.
Passing through Vaišnoriškės village, you will bypass the bridges of the villagers and see ancient folk style buildings. The village is divided by the old Tauragnai – Braslav road. Where the road crosses the Buka River, there was an old tavern on the right bank, mentioned as early as 1765.
From the village of Vaišnoriškė, the narrowed riverbed becomes winding, the flow of water becomes stronger. There are deeper pits in the bends. As you swim, you’ll discover several impressive tree dumps created by old trees falling from steep sandy cliffs into the river. In several places, kayaks may need to be moved over tree barriers or dragged along the shore. Remember that when lifting a kayak through a tree barrier, the actions of both team members must be coordinated! Otherwise, there is a risk of unplanned bathing in the river waters. It is, of course, an extreme adventure that gives good emotions.
In some places the riverbed branches into two parts. One of them is a false furrow, ending in a dead end and a dead end. After passing such a branch, determine from the movement of aquatic plants which branch of the river flows freely. There and swim.
After admiring the views of Buka and overcoming all its obstacles, you will enter Lake Baluošas. It opens up to a landscape of amazing beauty: there are 7 islands in the lake, and the shoreline is overgrown with pine trees. When you enter Baluošas, you will find Adomragis on your right. It is a beautiful place to stay, to strengthen yourself with food. If you are not sailing alone, you can wait here for your entire team to gather. You will also find a great place to swim in Adomragy. A particularly transparent atabrad is at the very tip of the horn.
We kindly ask everyone who has stopped in this beautiful place not to leave rubbish. You can throw them away at the place of accommodation or finish.
Continue on Lake Baluošis in a south-easterly direction until you reach a concrete bridge connecting Baluošis and Baluošykščiai lakes. It will be about 1.5 km. road or 15-20 min. swimming. You need to apply to the opposite shore of the lake. On the left, Liepų Island must remain, on the right – a promontory called Beržaragis. From Beržaragis promontory you will see a concrete bridge – you will need to swim under it.
A 150 m long stream flows from Lake Baluošas. Its fun current will take your kayak to the small Baluošykščiai lake. In Baluošykščiai, leaving the villages of Simoniškis on the left and Vaidžiųškiai on the right, swim along to the other end of the lake. There, on the left side between the sandpipers, you will notice the origins of the Skriogžlė stream. The length of the pulley is about 0.9 km. At first, its shallow furrow gradually narrows and deepens. The stream has several steep bends, framed by steep, old tree-covered slopes. You may encounter a tree trap that can be overcome by “jumping” in a kayak driven at high speed.
After a few more bends you will enter Lake Sravinaitis. In Lake Sravinaitis, keep to the right shoreline until you reach a promontory-shaped island, which bypasses the famous Ginučiai watermill on the left (it has been declared a state-protected 19th century technical monument). It houses a museum where you can see authentic old-time mill equipment that not only milled grain for a long time, but even produced electricity. After disembarking on the right side of the watermill dam, carry kayaks through it (over the paved road to the other side, along the water flow). Don’t miss a great opportunity to take a dip in the stream of water falling from the dam trough! Congratulations, you have already reached the finish line!

 

1.3. River Būka – river Srovė (to Ginučiai mound), 21 km., About 7 hours.

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    River Būka – river Srovė (to Ginučiai mound), 21 km ..

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    about 7 hours.

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The winding Būka flows all the way to Lake Baluošis exclusively in forest areas. On the left bank there is the Ažvinčiai forest, on the right – the Vyžiai forest. The surrounding forests and forests feed the river with its own waters, therefore Būka is one of the cleanest rivers in Lithuania. Būka once served as a way for souls to sail. In the river you will notice the remains of wooden dams that were designed to raise the water level to allow souls to float freely.
You will start the route at the Ineiga campsite. Here it is convenient to prepare for a hike, to go kayaking on the shallow river bank.
Compared to Žeimena, Būka is much narrower, the curves are smaller here, so you never know what is waiting for a turn. The river flows through moist forests, which makes the coastal vegetation here more diverse than in the winding Žeimena through the sandy pine forests, therefore there are fewer stops near Buka.
Passing through Vaišnoriškės village, you will bypass the bridges of the villagers and see ancient folk style buildings. The village is divided by the old Tauragnai – Braslav road. Where the road crosses the Buka River, there was an old tavern on the right bank, mentioned as early as 1765.
From the village of Vaišnoriškė, the narrowed riverbed becomes winding, the flow of water becomes stronger. There are deeper pits in the bends. As you swim, you’ll discover several impressive tree dumps created by old trees falling from steep sandy cliffs into the river. In several places, kayaks may need to be moved over tree barriers or dragged along the shore. Remember that when lifting a kayak through a tree barrier, the actions of both team members must be coordinated! Otherwise, there is a risk of unplanned bathing in the river waters. It is, of course, an extreme adventure that gives good emotions. In some places the riverbed branches into two parts. One of them is a false furrow, ending in a dead end and a dead end. After passing such a branch, determine from the movement of aquatic plants which branch of the river flows freely. There and swim.
After admiring the views of Buka and overcoming all its obstacles, you will enter Lake Baluošas. It opens up to a landscape of amazing beauty: there are 7 islands in the lake, and the shoreline is overgrown with pine trees. When you enter Baluošas, you will find Adomragis on your right. It is a beautiful place to stay, to strengthen yourself with food. If you are not sailing alone, you can wait here for your entire team to gather. You will also find a great place to swim in Adomragy. A particularly transparent atabrad is at the very tip of the horn.
We kindly ask everyone who has stopped in this beautiful place not to leave rubbish. You can throw them away at the place of accommodation or finish.
Continue on Lake Baluošis in a south-easterly direction until you reach a concrete bridge connecting Baluošis and Baluošykščiai lakes. It will be about 1.5 km. road or 15-20 min. swimming. You need to apply to the opposite shore of the lake. On the left, Liepų Island must remain, on the right – a promontory called Beržaragis. From Beržaragis promontory you will see a concrete bridge – you will need to swim under it.
A 150 m long stream flows from Lake Baluošas. Its fun current will take your kayak to the small Baluošykščiai lake. In Baluošykščiai, leaving the villages of Simoniškis on the left and Vaidžiųškiai on the right, swim along to the other end of the lake. There, on the left side between the sandpipers, you will notice the origins of the Skriogžlė stream. The length of the pulley is about 0.9 km. At first, its shallow furrow gradually narrows and deepens. The stream has several steep bends, framed by steep, old tree-covered slopes. You may encounter a tree trap that can be overcome by “jumping” in a kayak driven at high speed.
After a few more bends you will enter Lake Sravinaitis. In Lake Sravinaitis, keep to the right shoreline until you reach a promontory-shaped island, which bypasses the famous Ginučiai watermill on the left (it has been declared a state-protected 19th century technical monument). It houses a museum where you can see authentic old-time mill equipment that not only milled grain for a long time, but even produced electricity. After disembarking on the right side of the watermill dam, carry kayaks through it (over the paved road to the other side, along the stream). Don’t miss a great opportunity to take a dip in the stream of water falling from the dam trough!
From the mill, continue sailing on the Srovė River until the streams branch out – you will need to turn left. One of the most interesting parts of the trip is waiting – Ginučiai village. You will see beautifully arranged homesteads, bridges, crossed by two bridges. Beyond Ginučiai village, you can reach Lake Asėkas by a stream. Keep to the right side of the lake until you reach the Asėkas stream. Here you will feel like in the jungle, and if you pause for a moment, even though the current here will be very calm, you will hear many amazing sounds of birds. After crossing the Asėkas stream, you will enter Lake Linkmenas, on the western shore of which you will see the famous Ladakalnis – a hill 176 m above sea level. From its top there are amazing views: unspoilt areas of forests and lakes drowning in forests. While admiring the stunning views created by nature, follow the right and swim to the very end of the lake. At the foot of Ginučiai mound there will be a shallow shore – a place for disembarkation / finish.

 

1.4. River Kiauna (to Vasiuliškės km.), 8 km., About 3 hours.

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    River Kiauna (to Vasiuliškės km.), 8 km ..

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    about 3 hours.

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Although you won’t find many attractions on this route, we recommend this river for probably the most awaiting bends. Kiauna (the right tributary of the river Žeimena) stretches through the forests and swamps of Labanoras, which makes kayaking in this river very fun. It’s fun, spectacular, a bit more challenging than Zeimena swimming. The narrow, always watery Kiauna meanders through the old forest of Labanoras. Tree barriers, constantly changing forests, coastal homesteads, transparent river junctions diversify swimming. There are beautiful places to stop.

You can start the kayak trip from the bridge at the end of Pakiaunis village. From it, let the kayaks Kiauna down. This is where the Kiauna Landscape Reserve begins. You will swim, observing the beautiful banks of the Kiauna River, forests and wetlands. You will pass the small and cozy villages of Stirninė, Briedinė, Jakutiškis, Vasiuliškė located near the Kiauna River. By the way, Kazimira Danutė Prunskienė, a politician and signatory of the March 11 act, was born in Vasiuliškė village. Here you will cross a wooden bridge, behind it (about 50 meters) look on the right side of the swimming pool, here will be your finish.

 

1.5. River Kiauna (to Kukliai village), 15 km., About 6 hours.

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    River Kiauna (to Kukliai km.), 15 km ..

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    about 6 hours.

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Although you won’t find many attractions on this route, we recommend this river for probably the most awaiting bends. Kiauna (the right tributary of the river Žeimena) stretches through the forests and swamps of Labanoras, which makes kayaking in this river very fun. It’s fun, spectacular, a bit more challenging than Zeimena swimming. The narrow, always watery Kiauna meanders through the old forest of Labanoras. Tree barriers, constantly changing forests, coastal homesteads, transparent river junctions diversify swimming. There are beautiful places to stop.

A little south of Pakiaunis village to Kūriniai around the riverbed with its surroundings, the Kiauna Landscape Reserve has been established. And from Kūriniai village and to Kukliai, it flows through Pagilūtė telmological reserve. To the west of the river, a few hundred meters from the riverbed, is the Labanoras Regional Park.

You can start the kayak trip from the bridge at the end of Pakiaunis village. From it, let the kayaks Kiauna down. This is where the Kiauna Landscape Reserve begins. You will swim, observing the beautiful banks of the Kiauna River, forests and wetlands. You will pass the small and cozy villages of Stirninė, Briedinė, Jakutiškis, Vasiuliškė (a politician born in Vasiuliskė village, the signatory of the March 11 Act Kazimira Danutė Prunskienė) located near the Kiauna River. Next – Žvirbliškė, Kūriniai village, recognizable from the drawbridge and Kukliai. In front of Kukliai village you will cross the lakes Gilūtas and Seklotis.

A more extreme section of the river will start from Vasiuliškė village. Overturned trees, fast bends, stone “obstacles” – this is a more adventurous section of the hike, which will extend to the Kūriniai village bridge. The riverbed will be a bit straight, and a charming alley of trees will accompany you to Lake Gilūtas. Keep left there – swim in the east direction ~ 0.6 km. to the mouth of the lake. The length of the lake channel is ~ 800 m. It will take you further to Lake Seklotis. On the right side of the canal you will see a sandy beach – here you can take a great opportunity to take a bath. After enjoying the water entertainment, leaving a tidy and clean environment, swim further to the Shoal, where you should be greeted by the royal swans. In the shallows, wash along – to the east. This lake is not very watery, so the bottom of the kayak will be touched by high water grass. You’ve probably already understood why this lake got such a name.

After about 0.75 km, approach the shore, turn the kayaks to the right – to the south. Then swim all the way to the river that flows out of the Shoal. You will soon see the village of Kukliai, after crossing a concrete bridge, similarly 500 meters away, on the left side of the river you will see a marked landing bank. This is where your finish will be.

 

1.6. River Aiseta – river Kiauna, 20 km., About 8 hours.

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    River Aiseta – River Kiauna, 20 km ..

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    about 8 hours.

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You will start the route at the campsite at the source of Lake Aisetas, at the eastern end of the lake, near the village of Paaisetė. When you start swimming, keep to the left, along the shoreline. About 140 m. wash to the source. Further on the Aiseta River, through the impressive reed tunnels, crossing three bridges, you will sail to Lake Kiaunas.
In Kiaunas Lake, direct the kayaks along the right bank. You will recognize it from the lush pine forest that has grown up on the shores, and the echoes of holidaymakers can be heard in the areas. Less than 2 km after swimming. Lake Kiaunas, and always following the right shoreline, you will discover the origins of the Kiauna River.

Kiauna (the right tributary of the river Žeimena) stretches through the forests and swamps of Labanoras, therefore kayaking on this river is very fun, you will find beautiful places to stop. At the end of Pakiaunis village, behind the bridge, the Kiauna Landscape Reserve begins. You will pass the small and cozy villages of Stirninė, Briedinė, Jakutiškis, Vasiuliškė (a politician born in Vasiuliskes village, the signatory of the March 11 Act Kazimira Danutė Prunskienė) located near the Kiauna River.
A more extreme section of the river will start from Vasiuliškė village. Overturned trees, fast bends, stone “obstacles” – this is a more adventurous section of the hike, which will extend to the Kūriniai village bridge. The riverbed will be a bit straight, and a charming alley of trees will accompany you to Lake Gilūtas. Keep left there – swim in the east direction ~ 0.6 km. to the mouth of the lake. The length of the lake channel is ~ 800 m. It will take you further to Lake Seklotis. On the right side of the canal you will see a sandy beach – here you can take a great opportunity to take a bath. After enjoying the water entertainment, leaving a tidy and clean environment, swim further to the Shoal, where you should be greeted by the royal swans. In the shallows, wash along – to the east. This lake is not very watery, so the bottom of the kayak will be touched by high water grass. You’ve probably already understood why this lake got such a name.
After about 0.75 km, approach the shore, turn the kayaks to the right – to the south. Then swim all the way to the river that flows out of the Shoal. You will soon see the village of Kukliai, after crossing a concrete bridge, similarly 500 meters away, on the left side of the river you will see a marked landing bank. This is where your finish will be.

 

1.7. River Žeimena – Lake Telis, 12 km, about 4.5 hours.

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    River Žeimena – Lake Telis, 12 km ..

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    about 4.5 hours

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Žeimena is the right tributary of the Neris River, it is called the “mother of rivers” in Aukštaitija.
Žeimena from Kaltanėnai is the most transparent, so you can admire from the kayak not only the pine forests and the greenery of the coastal meadows, but also the life of the underwater world of the river. Sudden turns, trees falling or leaning into the river, duck and swan families will not let you get bored while swimming. You will find many beautiful, cozy stops everywhere in the pine forests.
You will start swimming in the Žeimena River from the town of Kaltanėnai, here is the source of the Žeimena River and a convenient starting point. Next to the bridge over Žeimena, on the edge of the old Kaltanėnai manor park, along the Žeimena river, there is a beautiful recreation area, where it will be convenient to prepare for swimming. There are usually no obstacles in Žeimena through which kayaks should be moved, so this river is popular with everyone who wants to admire nature without getting tired. Great for families with young children.
After passing the town of Kaltanėnai, about 3 km on the left bank of the river, you will see the small village of Šakališkės. At it, the waters of Žeimena are supplemented by its first right tributary – the Kiauna River. A little below the confluence of the Kiauna and Žeimena rivers, you will swim in a beautiful bend of Žeimena, on the left side you will find a beautiful meadow where you can leave kayaks and swim on the sandy bank.
The village of Lukna is 5 km away. At the village of Lukna, its second right tributary, the Luknelė, flows into the Žeimena. About 5 km from the village of Lukna, on the right side of the river Žeimena, the small river Sirgėla flows into Žeimena. The territory of Aukštaitija National Park ends at the mouth of the Sirgėla River, and the Žeimena Ichthyological Reserve begins. It extends to the confluence of the rivers Žeimena and Neris. The purpose of the ichthyological reserve is to protect the spawning grounds of salmon, sea trout and trout.
After swimming for another 1 km and overcoming two sudden bends of Žeimena, you will find yourself at the channel connecting the river Žeimena with Lake Telis. With it you will enter a small charming lake, on the opposite shore of which you will see a ditch and a large concrete bridge, where your finish will be. You will disembark in front of the bridge, there we will be waiting for you.

 

1.8. River Žeimena (to Švenčionėliai town), 19 km., About 7 hours.

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    River Žeimena (to Švenčionėliai town), 19 km..

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    about 7 hours.

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Žeimena is the right tributary of the Neris River, it is called the “mother of rivers” in Aukštaitija.
Žeimena from Kaltanėnai is the most transparent, so you can admire from the kayak not only the pine forests and the greenery of the coastal meadows, but also the life of the underwater world of the river. Sudden turns, trees falling or leaning into the river, duck and swan families will not let you get bored while swimming. You will find many beautiful, cozy stops everywhere in the pine forests.
You will start swimming in the Žeimena River from the town of Kaltanėnai, here is the source of the Žeimena River and a convenient starting point. Next to the bridge over Žeimena, on the edge of the old Kaltanėnai manor park, along the Žeimena river, there is a beautiful recreation area, where it will be convenient to prepare for swimming. There are usually no obstacles in Žeimena through which kayaks should be moved, so this river is popular with everyone who wants to admire nature without getting tired. Great for families with young children.
After passing the town of Kaltanėnai, about 3 km on the left bank of the river, you will see the small village of Šakališkės. At it, the waters of Žeimena are supplemented by its first right tributary – the Kiauna River. A little below the confluence of the Kiauna and Žeimena rivers, you will swim in a beautiful bend of Žeimena, on the left side you will find a beautiful meadow where you can leave kayaks and swim on the sandy bank.
The village of Lukna is 5 km away. At the village of Lukna, its second right tributary, the Luknelė, flows into the Žeimena. About 5 km from the village of Lukna, on the right side of the river Žeimena, the small river Sirgėla flows into Žeimena. The territory of Aukštaitija National Park ends at the mouth of the Sirgėla River, and the Žeimena Ichthyological Reserve begins. It extends to the confluence of the rivers Žeimena and Neris. The purpose of the ichthyological reserve is to protect the spawning grounds of salmon, sea trout and trout.
After another 1 km. and after overcoming the two sharp bends of Žeimena, you will find yourself at the channel connecting the river Žeimena with Lake Telis, a short stream of Šventėlė. After another 5 km. you will reach the town of Švenčionėliai. It has shops, cafes, pharmacies. Arriving at Švenčionėliai, disembark in front of the first bridge, which the locals call the Kirulis Bridge. In front of it is a comfortable sandy bath. We will be waiting for you there.

 

1.9. Juodųdai Lakajų lake. – River Lakaya. (to Žukaučizna km.), 18 km., about 6 hours.

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    Ež. Black lakaja – river Lakaja, 18 km..

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    about 6 hours

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Lakaja is one of the most beautiful rivers in East Aukštaitija. This route is mostly chosen by those who have already sailed in Žeimena and Kiauna. With the beauty of nature and the fun of swimming, Lakaja is definitely not inferior to them. It is the most watery tributary of the Žeimena, meandering all the way through the Labanoras forest. The Lakaja area has been declared a landscape reserve. It is especially rich in nature, thriving in the diversity of flora and fauna. There is clear water, coastal meadows, pine forests, sandy cliffs, rare villages, cozy stops. The main disadvantage of this route is that the beginning and end of the Lakaya route is far from the main roads, so it is necessary to devote time to gravel roads.
You can start kayaking on the Lakaja River from the campsite, next to the Black Lakajai Lake, in the nearby Lakaja village. After boarding the kayaks, direct them along the right bank of Black Lacquer Lake. After swimming about 150 m. turn towards the mouth of the Lakaja River, overgrown with lush reeds. Next, you will have to overcome a short stretch of obstacles made up of tree canopies. At first, the Lakaya River will look quite shallow, with darkness reaching up to 4 m in places at the bottom. depth. If you come up with a place to swim here, be careful, because the springs from the forest sometimes form strong cold currents in the river.
After crossing the Joniškis – Labanoras road bridge, the river will become more winding, you will travel through the villages of Palakaj and Fedariškės. The village of Fedariškės was founded by the old men, so you will notice that the architecture is reminiscent of the buyers of old Russian fairy tales. Finally you will reach the small lake Aldikis. On its shores, a sea eagle listed in the Lithuanian Red Data Book is observed – the largest representative of a flock of birds of prey in Lithuania.
After passing about 0.8 km. along Aldikis, you will find 1 km. a long channel connecting the lakes of Aldikis and Lakaja. At the beginning of the channel you will leave the village of Paaldikis on the right side. Next you will cross the small village of Žukaučizna and its bridge – this will be the place of your finish.

 

1.10. River Lakaja – river Žeimena (up to Liūlinė km.), 20 km., About 7 hours.

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    River Lakaya – river Žeimena, 20 km..

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    about 7 hours.

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Lakaja is one of the most beautiful rivers in East Aukštaitija. This route is mostly chosen by those who have already sailed in Žeimena and Kiauna. With the beauty of nature and the fun of swimming, Lakaja is definitely not inferior to them. It is the most watery tributary of the Žeimena, meandering all the way through the Labanoras forest. The Lakaja area has been declared a landscape reserve. It is especially rich in nature, thriving in the diversity of flora and fauna. There is clear water, coastal meadows, pine forests, sandy cliffs, rare villages, cozy stops. The main disadvantage of this route is that the beginning and end of the Lakaya route is far from the main roads, so it is necessary to devote time to gravel roads.
You will start the route in the small village of Žukaučizna, next to the bridge. A short swim will take you to Lake Lakaj. Although initially wide, the lake narrows in the middle. The shoreline begins to meander, forming small peninsulas. You will swim about ~ 1 km to the narrowing of Lake Lakaja. From the narrowing, swim along the lake until you see two (left and right) narrows of the lake. You need to swim to the left as it is the source of the Lakaya River.
After entering the Lakaja River through the narrowing channel, you will have ~ 17 km until the finish. From here, let Lakaja kayaks downstream.
Next – the most beautiful and romantic part of a kayak trip on the Lakaja River – the remaining 17 km of the Lakaja River surrounded by stream forests. You can enjoy views of the coast and the forest, the beauty of which can only be seen by kayaking on the river. You will pass the cozy villages of Vilkaslastis, Argirdiškė and Lamanina. At Algirdiškės you will find a resort where you can relax temporarily.
From the Peršokšna tributary (on the left side of Lakaja) you will swim ~ 7.3 km to reach the confluence of Lakaja with Žeimena. When you enter Žeimenas, you will say goodbye to the winding Lakaya. Zeimena sailing ~ 1.5 km, you will reach the village of Liūlinė, where your finish is. Immediately after crossing the concrete bridge, disembark on the right side, here we will meet you.

2 days routes:

 

2.1. River Būka – Lake Lūšiai. (to Super Kayak Base) 21 km (2 days with a break)

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    River Būka – Lake Lūšiai, 21 km..

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The winding Būka flows all the way to Lake Baluošis exclusively in forest areas. On the left bank there is the Ažvinčiai forest, on the right – the Vyžiai forest. The surrounding forests and forests feed the river with its own waters, therefore Būka is one of the cleanest rivers in Lithuania. Būka once served as a way for souls to sail. In the river you will notice the remains of wooden dams that were designed to raise the water level to allow souls to float freely.
You will start the route at the Ineiga campsite. Here it is convenient to prepare for a hike, to go kayaking on the shallow river bank.
Compared to Žeimena, Būka is much narrower, the curves are smaller here, so you never know what is waiting for a turn. The river flows through moist forests, which makes the coastal vegetation here more diverse than in the winding Žeimena through the sandy pine forests, therefore there are fewer stops near Buka.
Passing through Vaišnoriškės village, you will bypass the bridges of the villagers and see ancient folk style buildings. The village is divided by the old Tauragnai – Braslav road. Where the road crosses the Buka River, there was an old tavern on the right bank, mentioned as early as 1765.
From the village of Vaišnoriškė, the narrowed riverbed becomes winding, the flow of water becomes stronger. There are deeper pits in the bends. As you swim, you’ll discover several impressive tree dumps created by old trees falling from steep sandy cliffs into the river. In several places, kayaks may need to be moved over tree barriers or dragged along the shore. Remember that when lifting a kayak through a tree barrier, the actions of both team members must be coordinated! Otherwise, there is a risk of unplanned bathing in the river waters. It is, of course, an extreme adventure that gives good emotions. In some places the riverbed branches into two parts. One of them is a false furrow, ending in a dead end and a dead end. After approaching such a branch, determine from the movement of aquatic plants which branch of the river flows freely. There and swim. After admiring the views of Buka and overcoming all its obstacles, you will enter Lake Baluošas. It opens up to a landscape of amazing beauty: there are 7 islands in the lake, and the shoreline is overgrown with pine trees. When you enter Baluošas, you will find Adomragis on your right. It is a beautiful place to stay, to strengthen yourself with food. If you are not sailing alone, you can wait here for your entire team to gather. You will also find a great place to swim in Adomragy. A particularly transparent atabrad is at the very tip of the horn. We kindly ask everyone who has stopped in this beautiful place not to leave rubbish. You can throw them away at the place of accommodation or finish.
Continue on Lake Baluošis in a south-easterly direction until you reach a concrete bridge connecting Baluošis and Baluošykščiai lakes. It will be about 1.5 km by road or 15-20 min. swimming. You need to apply to the opposite shore of the lake. On the left, Liepų Island must remain, on the right – a promontory called Beržaragis. From Beržaragis promontory you will see a concrete bridge – you will need to swim under it.
A 150 m long stream flows from Lake Baluošas. Its fun current will take your kayak to the small Baluošykščiai lake. In Baluošykščiai, leaving the villages of Simoniškis on the left and Vaidžiųškiai on the right, swim along to the other end of the lake. There, on the left side between the sandpipers, you will notice the origins of the Skriogžlė stream. The length of the pulley is about 0.9 km. At first, its shallow furrow gradually narrows and deepens. The stream has several steep bends, framed by steep, old tree-covered slopes. You may encounter a tree trap that can be overcome by “jumping” in a kayak driven at high speed.
After a few more bends, you will enter Lake Srovinaitis. In Lake Srovinaitis, follow the right shoreline until you reach a promontory-shaped island, which bypasses the famous Ginučiai watermill on the left (it has been declared a state-protected 19th century technical monument). It houses a museum where you can see authentic old-time mill equipment that not only milled grain for a long time, but even produced electricity. After disembarking on the right side of the watermill dam, carry kayaks through it (over the paved road to the other side, along the stream). Don’t miss a great opportunity to take a dip in the stream of water falling from the dam trough!
From the mill, continue sailing on the Srovė River until the streams branch out – you will need to turn left. One of the most interesting parts of the trip is waiting – Ginučiai village. You will see beautifully arranged homesteads, bridges, crossed by two bridges. Beyond Ginučiai village, you can reach Lake Asėkas by a stream. Keep to the right side of the lake until you reach the Asėkas stream. Here you will feel like in the jungle, and if you stumble for a moment, even though the current here will be very calm, you will hear many wonderful sounds of birds. After crossing the Asėkas stream, you will enter Lake Linkmenas, on the western shore of which you will see the famous Ladakalnis – a hill 176 m above sea level. From its top there are amazing views: unspoilt areas of forests and lakes drowning in forests. While admiring the beautiful views created by nature, turn the kayaks to the left and follow the left side of the shore for about half a kilometer to reach the Unkstis Strait, which connects Lakes Linkmen and Asalnyxis.
Once in the Ostrich Strait, you will swim a little more than 1 kilometer, after halfway through the strait trajectory, you will cross a wooden pole bridge. This bridge connects the Island Peninsula visible to you from the right with the age-appropriate Linkmenai Forest.
The Peninsula is special in that it has two villages: Islands I and Islands II. Both of them are on a kind of peninsula washed by the lakes Asalnykščiai, Linkmen, Alksnas and Alksnaitis. The only way for rural residents of the peninsula to travel by land is from the village of Antalksnė. The island villages are distinguished by their unique architecture and layout, which is why an island cultural reserve has been established here. Unfortunately, since the 19th century. remained only buys and barns. Other buildings were built in the 20th century. at the beginning.
The peninsula we are talking about is on the right side of your sailing direction. On the left side there is also a very interesting historical area – Puziniškis mound overgrown with pine and birch trees, on which the already mentioned wooden bridge rests. The steep slopes of the mound, up to 20 meters high, are surrounded on the western side by the remains of a defensive embankment. Maybe you would like to visit here too?
Until you decide to swim further or climb the mound, look at the water lapping the shores of the strait: you’ll see greenish-like organisms attached to various places, similar to corals. These are freshwater sponges – Spongilla Lacustris. Lake thorns and corals are related wildlife that belong to the group of common invertebrates.
The strait is only one kilometer long, but it is full of natural wonders and ethnographic objects. After crossing the Unkstis Strait, you will go to Lake Asalnykščiai.
When you enter Asalnykščiai, don’t get lost – follow the left shoreline and as you sail in the right direction, Gimžiškės Island will bend to your right. Sailing in the distance, you will see a narrowing, which will take you to Lake Asalnai. On the left side of the narrowing you will see Puziniškis village. Puziniškis village is located on a hill, from which a wonderful Asalnai landscape reserve opens up. After crossing the strait dividing the lakes, you will enter Asalnai Lake.
Swim in Lake Asalnai straight along the right shoreline. Sailing in this direction, you will notice that this part of the lake begins to narrow. When you get to the narrow part of the lake (like a sleeve), on the left you will see the Dringykščiai river (also called Meira). The river flows from Lake Dringykščiai, and immediately behind the river the sun heats the roofs of the farmers’ settlement – Meironiai village, which will accompany you until you enter Lake Lūšiai.
There is an interesting tradition in Meironiai village: during Pentecost, farmers decorate their cows with flower wreaths and sail them to the embankment of the horn in front, which the locals called Pabiržiai. There the cows are released to graze in the wild until autumn and are transported through Mykolines. The milkers sail in the boat every morning and evening to milk the cows and carry warm milk home.
Thus, after passing the village of Meironiai on the left and the Cape of Pabiris on the right, you will enter Lake Lūšiai. From this place, following the right shoreline, swim for about 3 km, until you see the piers, there will be our base – “Super Kayaks”.

 

2.2. River Kiauna – river Žeimena, 30 km.

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Although you won’t find many attractions on this route, we recommend this river for probably the most awaiting bends. Kiauna (the right tributary of the river Žeimena) stretches through the forests and swamps of Labanoras, which makes kayaking in this river very fun. It’s fun, spectacular, a bit more challenging than Zeimena swimming. The narrow, always watery Kiauna meanders through the old forest of Labanoras. Tree barriers, constantly changing forests, coastal homesteads, transparent river junctions diversify swimming. There are beautiful places to stop.
A little south of the village of Pakiaunis, right up to the Works around the riverbed with its surroundings, the Kiauna Landscape Reserve has been established. And from Kūriniai village and to Kukliai, it flows through Pagilūtė telmological reserve. To the west of the river, a few hundred meters from the riverbed, is the Labanoras Regional Park.

You can start the kayak trip from the bridge at the end of Pakiaunis village. From it, let the kayaks Kiauna down. This is where the Kiauna Landscape Reserve begins. You will swim, observing the beautiful banks of the Kiauna River, forests and wetlands. You will pass the small and cozy villages of Stirninė, Briedinė, Jakutiškis, Vasiuliškė (a politician born in Vasiuliskė village, the signatory of the March 11 Act Kazimira Danutė Prunskienė) located near the Kiauna River. Next – Žvirbliškė, Kūriniai village, recognizable from the drawbridge and Kukliai. In front of Kukliai village you will cross the lakes Gilūtas and Seklotis.
A more extreme section of the river will start from Vasiuliškė village. Overturned trees, fast bends, stone “obstacles” – this is a more adventurous section of the hike, which will extend to the Kūriniai village bridge. The riverbed will be a bit straight, and a charming alley of trees will accompany you to Lake Gilūtas. Keep left there – swim in the east direction ~ 0.6 km. to the mouth of the lake. The length of the lake channel is ~ 800 m. It will take you further to Lake Seklotis. On the right side of the canal you will see a sandy coast – here you can take a great opportunity to swim. After enjoying the water entertainment, leaving a tidy and clean environment, swim further to the Shoal, where you should be greeted by royal swans. In the shallows, wash along – to the east. This lake is not very watery, so the bottom of the kayak will be touched by high water grass. You’ve probably already understood why this lake got such a name.
After about 0.75 km, approach the shore, turn the kayaks to the right – to the south. Then swim all the way to the river that flows out of the Shoal. You will soon see the village of Kukliai, after crossing a concrete bridge, similarly 500 meters away, on the left side of the river you will see a marked landing bank. Here you can stop to take a breather and continue the route.
A little below the confluence of the Kiauna and Žeimena rivers, you will swim in a beautiful bend of Žeimena, on the left side you will find a beautiful meadow where you can leave kayaks and swim on the sandy bank.
The village of Lukna is 5 km away. At the village of Lukna, its second right tributary, the Luknelė, flows into the Žeimena. About 5 km from the village of Lukna, on the right side of the river Žeimena, the small river Sirgėla flows into Žeimena. The territory of Aukštaitija National Park ends at the mouth of the Sirgėla River, and the Žeimena Ichthyological Reserve begins. It extends to the confluence of the rivers Žeimena and Neris. The purpose of the ichthyological reserve is to protect the spawning grounds of salmon, sea trout and trout.
After sailing another 1 km and overcoming two sudden bends of Žeimena, you will find yourself at the channel connecting the river Žeimena with Lake Telis, it is a short Šventėlė stream. After another 5 km you will reach the town of Švenčionėliai. It has shops, cafes, pharmacies. Arriving at Švenčionėliai, disembark in front of the first bridge, which the locals call the Kirulis Bridge. In front of it is a comfortable sandy bath. We will be waiting for you there.

 

2.3. River Žeimena – Liūlinė km., 30 km.

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Žeimena is the right tributary of the Neris River, it is called the “mother of rivers” in Aukštaitija.
Žeimena from Kaltanėnai is the most transparent, so you can admire from the kayak not only the pine forests and the greenery of the coastal meadows, but also the life of the underwater world of the river. Sudden turns, trees falling or leaning into the river, duck and swan families will not let you get bored while swimming. You will find many beautiful, cozy stops everywhere in the pine forests.
You will start swimming in the Žeimena River from the town of Kaltanėnai, here is the source of the Žeimena River and a convenient starting point. Next to the bridge over Žeimena, on the edge of the old Kaltanėnai manor park, along the Žeimena river, there is a beautiful recreation area, where it will be convenient to prepare for swimming. There are usually no obstacles in Žeimena through which kayaks should be moved, so this river is popular with everyone who wants to admire nature without getting tired. Great for families with young children.
After passing the town of Kaltanėnai, about 3 km on the left bank of the river, you will see the small village of Šakališkės. At it, the waters of Žeimena are supplemented by its first right tributary – the Kiauna River. A little below the confluence of the Kiauna and Žeimena rivers, you will swim in a beautiful bend of Žeimena, on the left side you will find a beautiful meadow where you can leave kayaks and swim on the sandy bank.
The village of Lukna is 5 km away. At the village of Lukna, its second right tributary, the Luknelė, flows into the Žeimena. About 5 km from the village of Lukna, on the right side of the river Žeimena, the small river Sirgėla flows into Žeimena. The territory of Aukštaitija National Park ends at the mouth of the Sirgėla River, and the Žeimena Ichthyological Reserve begins. It extends to the confluence of the rivers Žeimena and Neris. The purpose of the ichthyological reserve is to protect the spawning grounds of salmon, sea trout and trout.
After sailing another 1 km and overcoming two sudden bends of Žeimena, you will find yourself at the channel connecting the river Žeimena with Lake Telis, it is a short Šventėlė stream. After another 5 km you will reach the town of Švenčionėliai. It has shops, cafes, pharmacies. If you wish, after arriving at Švenčionėliai, disembark in front of the first bridge, which the locals call the Kirulis Bridge. In front of it is a comfortable sandy bath.
Continuing the journey, swim in the river Žeimena towards the village of Liūlinė. From Švenčionėliai rivers will be supplemented by swamps and forests. Wherever you go through the bays of the river – do not mix with the confluence of other rivers. You will recognize the true direction of the Žeimena River from the flow of water and the movement of vegetation in it.
After crossing ~ 8 km from Švenčionėliai, you will see the village of Garnis on the right side. As you pass the village, you will feel that Žeimena becomes more and more winding. After sailing the rest of the trajectory, you will find yourself at the confluence of Lakaja and Žeimena. On the right side of the confluence of the rivers you will see a village called Santaka. From here to the finish, swim ~ 1.5 km, and you will reach the village of Liūlinė, where your finish is! Immediately after passing under the concrete bridge, moor on the right side.

 

2.4. Ež. Black Lakaja – Liūlinė km., 30 km.

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Lakaja is one of the most beautiful rivers in East Aukštaitija. This route is mostly chosen by those who have already sailed in Žeimena and Kiauna. With the beauty of nature and the fun of swimming, Lakaja is definitely not inferior to them. It is the most watery tributary of the Žeimena, meandering all the way through the Labanoras forest. The Lakaja area has been declared a landscape reserve. It is especially rich in nature, thriving in the diversity of flora and fauna. There is clear water, coastal meadows, pine forests, sandy cliffs, rare villages, cozy stops. The main disadvantage of this route is that the beginning and end of the Lakaya route is far from the main roads, so it is necessary to devote time to gravel roads.
You can start kayaking on the Lakaja River from the campsite, next to the Black Lakajai Lake, in the nearby Lakaja village. After boarding the kayaks, direct them along the right bank of Black Lacquer Lake. After swimming about 150 m. turn towards the mouth of the Lakaja River, overgrown with lush reeds. Next, you will have to overcome a short stretch of obstacles made up of tree canopies. At first, the Lakaya River will look quite shallow, with darkness reaching up to 4 m in places at the bottom. depth. If you come up with a place to swim here, be careful, because the springs from the forest sometimes form strong cold currents in the river.
After crossing the Joniškis – Labanoras road bridge, the river will become more winding, you will travel through the villages of Palakaj and Fedariškės. The village of Fedariškės was founded by the old men, so you will notice that the architecture is reminiscent of the buyers of old Russian fairy tales. Finally you will reach the small lake Aldikis. On its shores, a sea eagle listed in the Lithuanian Red Data Book is observed – the largest representative of a flock of birds of prey in Lithuania.
After passing about 0.8 km along Aldikis, you will find a 1 km long channel connecting Aldikis and Lakaja lakes. At the beginning of the channel you will leave the village of Paaldikis on the right side. Next, you will cross the small village of Žukaučizna and its bridge. A short swim will take you to Lake Lakaj. Although initially wide, the lake narrows in the middle. The shoreline begins to meander, forming small peninsulas. You will swim about ~ 1 km to the narrowing of Lake Lakaja. From the narrowing, swim along the lake until you see two (left and right) narrows of the lake. You need to swim to the left as it is the source of the Lakaya River.
After entering the Lakaja River through the narrowing channel, you will have ~ 17 km until the finish. From here, let Lakaja kayaks downstream.
Next – the most beautiful and romantic part of a kayak trip on the Lakaja River – the remaining 17 km of the Lakaja River surrounded by stream forests. You can enjoy views of the coast and the forest, the beauty of which can only be seen by kayaking on the river. You will pass the cozy villages of Vilkaslastis, Argirdiškė and Lamanina. At Algirdiškės you will find a resort where you can relax temporarily.
From the Peršokšna tributary (on the left side of Lakaja) you will swim ~ 7.3 km to reach the confluence of Lakaja with Žeimena. When you enter Žeimenas, you will say goodbye to the winding Lakaya. Zeimena sailing ~ 1.5 km, you will reach the village of Liūlinė, where your finish is. Immediately after crossing the concrete bridge, disembark on the right side, here we will meet you.

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3.1. River Kiauna – river Žeimena, about 50 km.

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Although you won’t find many attractions on this route, we recommend this river for probably the most awaiting bends. Kiauna (the right tributary of the river Žeimena) stretches through the forests and swamps of Labanoras, which makes kayaking in this river very fun. It’s fun, spectacular, a bit more challenging than Zeimena swimming. The narrow, always watery Kiauna meanders through the old forest of Labanoras. Tree barriers, constantly changing forests, coastal homesteads, transparent river junctions diversify swimming. There are beautiful places to stop.
A little south of the village of Pakiaunis, right up to the Works around the riverbed with its surroundings, the Kiauna Landscape Reserve has been established. And from Kūriniai village and to Kukliai, it flows through Pagilūtė telmological reserve. To the west of the river, a few hundred meters from the riverbed, is the Labanoras Regional Park.

You can start the kayak trip from the bridge at the end of Pakiaunis village. From it, let the kayaks Kiauna down. This is where the Kiauna Landscape Reserve begins. You will swim, observing the beautiful banks of the Kiauna River, forests and wetlands. You will pass the small and cozy villages of Stirninė, Briedinė, Jakutiškis, Vasiuliškė (a politician born in Vasiuliskė village, the signatory of the March 11 Act Kazimira Danutė Prunskienė) located near the Kiauna River. Next – Žvirbliškė, Kūriniai village, recognizable from the drawbridge and Kukliai. In front of Kukliai village you will cross the lakes Gilūtas and Seklotis.
A more extreme section of the river will start from Vasiuliškė village. Overturned trees, fast bends, stone “obstacles” – this is a more adventurous section of the hike, which will extend to the Kūriniai village bridge. The riverbed will be a bit straight, and a charming alley of trees will accompany you to Lake Gilūtas. Keep left there – swim in the east direction ~ 0.6 km. to the mouth of the lake. The length of the lake channel is ~ 800 m. It will take you further to Lake Seklotis. On the right side of the canal you will see a sandy beach – here you can take a great opportunity to take a bath. After enjoying the water entertainment, leaving a tidy and clean environment, swim further to the Shoal, where you should be greeted by the royal swans. In the shallows, wash along – to the east. This lake is not very watery, so the bottom of the kayak will be touched by high water grass. You’ve probably already understood why this lake got such a name.
After about 0.75 km, approach the shore, turn the kayaks to the right – to the south. Then swim all the way to the river that flows out of the Shoal. You will soon see the village of Kukliai, after crossing a concrete bridge, similarly 500 meters away, on the left side of the river you will see a marked landing bank. Here you can stop to take a breather and continue the route.
A little below the confluence of the Kiauna and Žeimena rivers, you will swim in a beautiful bend of Žeimena, on the left side you will find a beautiful meadow where you can leave kayaks and swim on the sandy bank.
The village of Lukna is 5 km away. At the village of Lukna, its second right tributary, the Luknelė, flows into the Žeimena. About 5 km from the village of Lukna, on the right side of the river Žeimena, the small river Sirgėla flows into Žeimena. The territory of Aukštaitija National Park ends at the mouth of the Sirgėla River, and the Žeimena Ichthyological Reserve begins. It extends to the confluence of the rivers Žeimena and Neris. The purpose of the ichthyological reserve is to protect the spawning grounds of salmon, sea trout and trout.
After sailing another 1 km and overcoming two sudden bends of Žeimena, you will find yourself at the channel connecting the river Žeimena with Lake Telis, it is a short Šventėlė stream. After another 5 km you will reach the town of Švenčionėliai. It has shops, cafes, pharmacies. If you wish, after arriving at Švenčionėliai, disembark in front of the first bridge, which the locals call the Kirulis Bridge. In front of it is a comfortable sandy bath.
Continuing the journey, swim in the river Žeimena towards the village of Liūlinė. From Švenčionėliai rivers will be supplemented by swamps and forests. Wherever you go through the bays of the river – do not mix with the confluence of other rivers. You will recognize the true direction of the Žeimena River from the flow of water and the movement of vegetation in it.
After crossing ~ 8 km from Švenčionėliai, you will see the village of Garnis on the right side. As you pass the village, you will feel that Žeimena becomes more and more winding. After sailing the rest of the trajectory, you will find yourself at the confluence of Lakaja and Žeimena. On the right side of the confluence of the rivers you will see a village called Santaka. From here to the finish, swim ~ 1.5 km, and you will reach the village of Liūlinė, where your finish is! Immediately after passing under the concrete bridge, moor on the right side.

 

3.2. River Būka – river Žeimena, about 50 km.

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The winding Būka flows all the way to Lake Baluošis exclusively in forest areas. On the left bank there is the Ažvinčiai forest, on the right – the Vyžiai forest. The surrounding forests and forests feed the river with its own waters, therefore Būka is one of the cleanest rivers in Lithuania. Būka once served as a way for souls to sail. In the river you will notice the remains of wooden dams that were designed to raise the water level to allow souls to float freely.
You will start the route at the Ineiga campsite. Here it is convenient to prepare for a hike, to go kayaking on the shallow river bank.
Compared to Žeimena, Būka is much narrower, the curves are smaller here, so you never know what is waiting for a turn. The river flows through moist forests, which makes the coastal vegetation here more diverse than in the winding Žeimena through the sandy pine forests, therefore there are fewer stops near Buka.
Passing through Vaišnoriškės village, you will bypass the bridges of the villagers and see ancient folk style buildings. The village is divided by the old Tauragnai – Braslav road. Where the road crosses the Buka River, there was an old tavern on the right bank, mentioned as early as 1765.
From the village of Vaišnoriškė, the narrowed riverbed becomes winding, the flow of water becomes stronger. There are deeper pits in the bends. As you swim, you’ll discover several impressive tree dumps created by old trees falling from steep sandy cliffs into the river. In several places, kayaks may need to be moved over tree barriers or dragged along the shore. Remember that when lifting a kayak through a tree barrier, the actions of both team members must be coordinated! Otherwise, there is a risk of unplanned bathing in the river waters. It is, of course, an extreme adventure that gives good emotions. In some places the riverbed branches into two parts. One of them is a false furrow, ending in a dead end and a dead end. After approaching such a branch, determine from the movement of aquatic plants which branch of the river flows freely. There and swim.
After admiring the views of Buka and overcoming all its obstacles, you will enter Lake Baluošas. It opens up to a landscape of amazing beauty: there are 7 islands in the lake, and the shoreline is overgrown with pine trees. When you enter Baluošas, you will find Adomragis on your right. It is a beautiful place to stay, to strengthen yourself with food. If you are not sailing alone, you can wait here for your entire team to gather. You will also find a great place to swim in Adomragy. A particularly transparent atabrad is at the very tip of the horn. We kindly ask everyone who has stopped in this beautiful place not to leave rubbish. You can throw them away at the place of accommodation or finish.
Continue on Lake Baluošis in a south-easterly direction until you reach a concrete bridge connecting Baluošis and Baluošykščiai lakes. It will be about 1.5 km by road or 15-20 min. swimming. You need to apply to the opposite shore of the lake. On the left, Liepų Island must remain, on the right – a promontory called Beržaragis. From Beržaragis promontory you will see a concrete bridge – you will need to swim under it.
A 150 m long stream flows from Lake Baluošas. Its fun current will take your kayak to the small Baluošykščiai lake. In Baluošykščiai, leaving the villages of Simoniškis on the left and Vaidžiųškiai on the right, swim along to the other end of the lake. There, on the left side between the sandpipers, you will notice the origins of the Skriogžlė stream. The length of the pulley is about 0.9 km. At first, its shallow furrow gradually narrows and deepens. The stream has several steep bends, framed by steep, old tree-covered slopes. You may encounter a tree trap that can be overcome by “jumping” in a kayak driven at high speed.
After a few more bends, you will enter Lake Srovinaitis. In Lake Srovinaitis, follow the right shoreline until you reach a promontory-shaped island, which bypasses the famous Ginučiai watermill on the left (it has been declared a state-protected 19th century technical monument). It houses a museum where you can see authentic old-time mill equipment that not only milled grain for a long time, but even produced electricity. After disembarking on the right side of the watermill dam, carry kayaks through it (over the paved road to the other side, along the stream). Don’t miss a great opportunity to take a dip in the stream of water falling from the dam trough!
From the mill, continue sailing on the Srovė River until the streams branch out – you will need to turn left. One of the most interesting parts of the trip is waiting – Ginučiai village. You will see beautifully arranged homesteads, bridges, crossed by two bridges. Beyond Ginučiai village, you can reach Lake Asėkas by a stream. Keep to the right side of the lake until you reach the Asėkas stream. Here you will feel like in the jungle, and if you stumble for a moment, even though the current here will be very calm, you will hear many wonderful sounds of birds. After crossing the Asėkas stream, you will enter Lake Linkmenas, on the western shore of which you will see the famous Ladakalnis – a hill 176 m above sea level. From its top there are amazing views: unspoilt areas of forests and lakes drowning in forests. While admiring the beautiful views created by nature, turn the kayaks to the left and follow the left side of the shore for about half a kilometer to reach the Unkstis Strait, which connects Lakes Linkmen and Asalnyxis.
Once in the Ostrich Strait, you will swim a little more than 1 kilometer, after halfway through the strait trajectory, you will cross a wooden pole bridge. This bridge connects the Island Peninsula visible to you from the right with the age-appropriate Linkmenai Forest.
The Peninsula is special in that it has two villages: Islands I and Islands II. Both of them are on a kind of peninsula washed by the lakes Asalnykščiai, Linkmen, Alksnas and Alksnaitis. The only way for rural residents of the peninsula to travel by land is from the village of Antalksnė. The island villages are distinguished by their unique architecture and layout, which is why an island cultural reserve has been established here. Unfortunately, since the 19th century. remained only buys and barns. Other buildings were built in the 20th century. at the beginning.
The peninsula we are talking about is on the right side of your sailing direction. On the left side there is also a very interesting historical area – Puziniškis mound overgrown with pine and birch trees, on which the already mentioned wooden bridge rests. The steep slopes of the mound, up to 20 meters high, are surrounded on the western side by the remains of a defensive embankment. Maybe you would like to visit here too?
Until you decide to swim further or climb the mound, look at the water lapping the shores of the strait: you’ll see greenish-like organisms attached to various places, similar to corals. These are freshwater sponges – Spongilla Lacustris. Lake thorns and corals are related wildlife that belong to the group of common invertebrates.
The strait is only one kilometer long, but it is full of natural wonders and ethnographic objects. After crossing the Unkstis Strait, you will go to Lake Asalnykščiai.
When you enter Asalnykščiai, don’t get lost – follow the left shoreline and as you sail in the right direction, Gimžiškės Island will bend to your right. Sailing in the distance, you will see a narrowing, which will take you to Lake Asalnai. On the left side of the narrowing you will see Puziniškis village. Puziniškis village is located on a hill, from which a wonderful Asalnai landscape reserve opens up. After crossing the strait dividing the lakes, you will enter Asalnai Lake.
Swim in Lake Asalnai straight along the right shoreline. Sailing in this direction, you will notice that this part of the lake begins to narrow. When you get to the narrow part of the lake (like a sleeve), on the left you will see the Dringykščiai river (also called Meira). The river flows from Lake Dringykščiai, and immediately behind the river the sun heats the roofs of the farmers’ settlement – Meironiai village, which will accompany you until you enter Lake Lūšiai.
There is an interesting tradition in Meironiai village: during Pentecost, farmers decorate their cows with flower wreaths and sail them to the embankment of the horn in front, which the locals called Pabiržiai. There the cows are released to graze in the wild until autumn and are transported through Mykolines. The milkers sail in the boat every morning and evening to milk the cows and carry warm milk home.
Thus, after passing the village of Meironiai on the left and the Cape of Pabiris on the right, you will enter Lake Lūšiai.

If you want to visit the village of Palūšė, from this place, following the left shoreline, swim ~ 1.5 km. to the eastern shore of Lake Lūšiai towards the village of Palūšė.
While swimming, you will see Palūšė church with a bell tower, which is the biggest historical attraction of the village – a wooden church with a bell tower, built in 1750! Climb the stone-paved stairs to see that the church has been well restored and is cozy. The church stands on a hill with a pleasant panorama of Lake Lūšiai. It is the oldest wooden church in Lithuania, once decorated with 1 litas banknotes.
If you do not visit Palūšė village, just after entering Lake Lūšiai, apply to the opposite shore, turning slightly to the left. You will have to swim about 0.8 km through Lūšiai. Reaching the opposite shore of Lake Lūšiai, at the end of which you will see a channel pointing to the right. Following the shoreline, sail across the canal until you reach Lake Šakarvai.
Šakarvai is one of the deepest lakes in Aukštaitija National Park, the maximum depth is 40 m. The average width of the lake is 0.35 km, the length is 2.5 km. Swim all the way to Šakarvai Lake. You will notice a drawbridge, after which the Šakarvas stream flows, connecting Šakarvai and Žeimenis lakes.
Žeimenys is the lake with the longest embankment in Aukštaitija National Park. The length of the lake is more than 10 km, the width is ~ 0.5 km, and the depth is ~ 24 m. Žeimenys surpasses other lakes in their length, but not in width, therefore, when sailing under Žeimenai Bay, water flows into the river. The shores of the lake are more like cliffs (up to 20 m above sea level). These are overgrown with pines, sandy. A large part of the shores are occupied by reeds, reeds, which in turn have embraced the islands.
Many rivers and streams flow into Žeimenis: Šakarva, Jaurupė, Laukupė, Kretuona. Lake Žeimenai, which has accumulated water, constantly gives it to the river Žeimena, which carries its waters to the Neris, and the latter to the Nemunas.
There are as many as 14 islands and islets in Lake Žeimenai that are uninhabited. However, there are four settlements around the lake: Bajorai, Ožkiniai, Antanavas villages and Kaltanėnai town, to which you sail.
When sailing on the main course of the lake for about 4 km, you will see a T-shaped bridge on the left. Behind the bridge, you will notice the Kretuona stream flowing from Kretuona Lake. Lake Kretuona is the largest in Aukštaitija National Park and has been declared an ornithological reserve due to the great diversity of protected birds. Scientists in Lake Kretuonas have discovered during the IX millennium. Kr. remnants of settlements.
If you walk 350 m. from the shore of Žeimenai, you will discover the old Pakretuone water mill, built near the Kretuona stream. The mill boasts spectacular cascades, after which it is always fun to splash around on a hot summer day J! True, there is currently a recreation and health camp belonging to the Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania. Tourists are admitted to the area for a symbolic fee, so they can enjoy the water entertainment provided by the mill.
After sailing from Pakretuona stream for about 4.5 km, you will see the town of Kaltanėnai mostly on the right side of Lake Žeimenai. Sailing along the winding and narrow Lake Žeimenai and following the right shoreline, sailing towards Kaltanėnai, you will enter the Žeimena River!
From Kaltanėnai town, you will cross the bridge over the river Žeimena. Žeimena flows through the meadows where Kaltanėnai Manor Park is located. Towards the departure point it is convenient to approach by car and prepare for a winding, pleasant trip.
If you have time before the start, look around: In the panorama of Kaltanėnai you will see a neo-Gothic style single-tower St. The Church of the Virgin Mary of Angelica, built of red clay bricks in 1909. The church was built in six years! If you have a few minutes, walk to the barns of Kaltanėnai manor. It is a two-storey, folk classicism building built of wooden logs back in 1838.
Swimming in Žeimena downstream ~ 3 km. from the start, on the left side, you will see the village of Šakališkės and at it the first right tributary of the Žeimena – the Kiauna River.
After passing the tributary and descending ~ 1.7 km, you will pass another small village – Naujoji Brasta. Another ~ 3 km. you will also discover the village of Lukna, where the second right tributary of Žeimena flows – Luknelė. Although this river is short (~ 15 km.), It is very extreme: there are many tree barriers, it is difficult to pass, therefore we do not create routes on this river. After swimming ~ 5 km from the Luknelė tributary, on the right side of your swimming you will see Jusi village. Next to this village is the third right tributary of the Žeimena – the Sirgėla River overgrown with reeds at the mouth. This river is short, characterized by a weak current flowing from Lake Sirgelis.
At the mouth of the Sirgėla River, the territory of the Aukštaitija National Park ends, and the Žeimena Ichthyological Reserve begins. It extends to the confluence of the rivers Žeimena and Neris. The purpose of the ichthyological reserve is to protect the spawning grounds of salmon, sea trout and trout.
After sailing about 1 km from the mouth of the Sirgėla River and overcoming two sudden bends of Žeimena, you will find yourself at the channel connecting the Žeimena River with Lake Telis, a short Šventėlė stream. After another 5 km you will reach the town of Švenčionėliai. It has shops, cafes, pharmacies. Arriving at Švenčionėliai, disembark in front of the first bridge, which the locals call the Kirulis Bridge. In front of it is a comfortable sandy bath. We will be waiting for you there.