Kayak routes

1 day routes

 

1.1. The Buka River – Baluosas Lake (to Vaidziuskes village)

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    Distance – 10 km

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    Duration – approx. 4 hours

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The winding Buka flows to Lake Baluosas exclusively through the forest areas – on the right bank – Azvinciai forest and on the left bank – Vyziai forest. These forests feed the river with their waters, so the Buka is one of the cleanest rivers in Lithuania. In the past, it served as a way for wood to sail. On your way along the river, you will notice the remains of the old wooden dams that were used to raise the level of water so that wood could flow freely.

The route starts at Ineiga campsite. It is a convenient place to prepare for a trip and launch the kayaks. 

The Buka is narrower than other rivers so the turns are smaller and you never know what is waiting behind them. The river flows through the damp forests, and the flora on the banks is diverse, but there are fewer places for stopping. 

On your way through Vaisnoriskes village, you will kayak past villagers’ docks and ancient folk style buildings. The village is divided by the old Tauragnai-Braslava road. It was an important part of a trade road Vilnius-Ryga. On the right bank of the river, where the road crosses it, there was an old tavern mentioned as early as 1765. The first manor was established in 1830 there, and later four more were built. The most mysterious building in this village was a barn, where, as it was said, you could hear the voices of its dwellers – mystical creatures called “naminukai”.

As you leave Vaisnoriskes village, the riverbed becomes narrower, more winding, and the flow becomes stronger. Also, there might be deeper pits on the river turns. On your way, you’ll run into the impressive tree barriers that were made by the old trees falling from the steep and sandy banks. Here you might need to carry the kayaks over a tree barrier or to drag it along the bank. Remember, while carrying the kayak over the barrier, you should work as a team. Otherwise, there is a risk of getting wet. Of course, it is an extreme adventure that creates a good mood. 

In some places, the river branches into two streams – one of them ends in a dead-end. So you have to choose which way to paddle your kayak. The water plants will help you to choose the right way as they show the flow of the river. 

After admiring the views of the Buka and overcoming its obstacles, you will enter Lake Baluosas. The landscape of the lake is spectacular: there are 7 islands and the winding shoreline of pines. On the right side, you will find a beautiful place Adomragis for stopping and having a snack. Also, it is a good place for swimming in the river and it can be a meeting point if you kayak in a bigger group. 

Please do not leave the rubbish. You can throw it away at the place of accommodation or at the finish of your trip. 

Continue your trip south-east across Lake Baluosas until you see a concrete bridge that connects Baluosas and Baluosyksciai lakes. It is approx. 1,5 km (15 – 20 min.) of kayaking. Kayak towards the opposite side of the lake. On the left, you should pass Liepu Island and on the right the cape Berzragis. At the cape of Berzragis, you will see the finish point – a concrete bridge. Next to it, you will end your kayaking trip. 

 

1.2. The Buka River – The Srove River (to Ginuciai mill)

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    Distance – 15 km

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    Duration – approx. 5.5 hours

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The winding Buka flows to Lake Baluosas exclusively through the forest areas – on the right bank – Forest Azvinciai and on the left bank – Vyziai forest. The Buka is one of the cleanest rivers in Lithuania. In the past, it served as a way for wood to sail. On your way along the river, you will notice the remains of the old wooden dams. They were used to raise the level of water, so that wood could flow freely.

The route will start at Ineiga campsite. It is convenient to prepare for a trip and launch the kayaks there. 

The Buka is narrower than other rivers. Its turns are smaller – you never know what is waiting behind them. The river flows through the damp forests. The flora on the banks is diverse, but there are fewer places for stopping. 

On your way through Vaisnoriskes village, you will pass by villagers’ docks and ancient folk style buildings. The village is divided by an old Tauragnai-Braslava road. This was an important part of a trade road Vilnius-Ryga. Aso, there was an old tavern, mentioned as early as 1765, on the right bank of the river. The first manor was established in 1830 here, and later four more were built. The most mysterious building in the village was a barn, where, as it was said, you could hear the voices of its dwellers – mystical creatures called “naminukai”. 

As you pass the village Vaisnoriskes, the riverbed becomes narrower, more winding, and the flow becomes stronger. Also, there might be deeper pits on the river turns. On your way, you’ll run into impressive tree barriers that were made by old trees falling from the steep sandy banks. You might need to carry the kayaks over the tree barrier or to drag it along the bank. Remember, while carrying the kayak over the barriers you should work as a team; otherwise, there is a risk of getting wet. Of course, it is an extreme adventure that creates a good mood. 

In some places, the river branches into two streams – one of them ends in a dead-end. So you have to choose which way to paddle your kayak. The water plants will help you to choose the right way as they show the flow of the river. 

After admiring the views of the Buka and overcoming its obstacles, you will enter Lake Baluosas. The landscape of the lake is spectacular: there are 7 islands and the winding shoreline of pines.  On the right side, you will find a beautiful place Adomragis to stop, have a snack, and swim in the river. Also, it can be a meeting point if you kayak in a bigger group. 

Please do not leave the rubbish. You can throw it away at the place of accommodation or at the finish of the trip. 

Continue your trip south-east across Lake Baluosas until you come to a concrete bridge that connects Lake Baluosas and Lake Baluosyksciai. It is approx. 1,5 km (15 – 20 min.)of kayaking. Kayak towards the opposite side of the lake. On the left, you should pass by Liepu island and on the right the cape called Berzragis. At cape Berzragis, you will see the concrete bridge – go under it. 

A 150 metres long stream flows from Lake Baluosas that will take your kayak to a small lake Baluosyksiai. Kayak across the lake till the end of it – on the left leaving Simoniskiu, on the right – Vaidziuskiu villages. There, on the left side, between the bulrushes, you will notice the stream Skriogzle. It is about 0.9 km long. Its shallow streambed gradually narrows and deepens. The stream has several sharp turns, framed by steep and old tree-covered slopes. You may run into a tree barriers that can be overcome by jumping over it at high speed.

After a few more turns, you will enter Lake Sravinaitis. Keep to the right shoreline of the lake till you reach a cape-shaped island. Kayak past its left side, and you will reach the Ginuciai watermill that is declared a state-protected monument of engineering. There is a museum where you can see an authentic old-time mill equipment. It not only milled grain but also produced electricity. After getting out of the kayak on the right side of the watermill dam in front of the paved road, you will already be at the finish of your trip. Don‘t miss a chance to take a dip under the water stream, falling from the dam on the other side of the road. 

 

1.3. The Buka River – The Srove river (to Ginuciai mound)

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    Distance – 21 km

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    Duration – approx. 7 hours

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The winding Buka flows to Lake Baluosas exclusively through the forest areas – on the right bank – Azvinciai forest and on the left bank – Vyziai forest. The Buka is one of the cleanest rivers in Lithuania. In the past, it served as a way for wood to sail. On your way along the river, you will notice the remains of the old wooden dams. They were used to raise the level of water so that wood could flow freely.

Your route will start at Ineiga campsite. It is a convenient place to prepare for a trip and launch the kayaks. 

The Buka is narrower than other rivers – the turns are smaller, and you never know what is waiting behind them. The river flows through the damp forests, and you can see the diversity of the flora on the river banks. 

On your way through Vaisnoriskes village, you will kayak past the villagers’ docks and ancient folk style buildings. The village is divided by an old Tauragnai-Braslava road. It was an important part of a trade road Vilnius-Ryga. There was an old tavern, firstly mentioned in 1765, on the right bank of the river. The first manor was established in 1830 there, and later four more were built. The most mysterious building in this village was a barn, where, as it was said, you could hear the voices of its dwellers – mystical creatures called “naminukai”.

As you leave Vaisnoriskes village, the riverbed becomes narrower, more winding, and the flow becomes stronger. Also, there might be deeper pits on the river turns. On your way, you will run into the impressive tree barriers that were made by the old trees falling from the steep sandy banks. You might need to carry the kayaks over the tree barrier or to drag it along the bank. Remember, while carrying the kayak over the barrier, you should work as a team; otherwise, there is a risk of getting wet. Of course, it is an extreme adventure that creates a good mood. 

In some places, the river branches into two streams – one of them ends in a dead-end. So you have to choose which way to paddle your kayak. The water plants will help you to choose the right way. They show the flow of the river stream.

After admiring the views of the Buka and overcoming its obstacles, you will enter Lake Baluosas. The landscape of the lake is spectacular: there are 7 islands and the winding shoreline of pines. On the right side, you will find a beautiful place Adomragis. It is a good place for stopping and having a snack. There is a perfect place for swimming in the river. Also, it can be your team’s meeting point if you kayak in a bigger group. 

Please do not leave the rubbish. You can throw it away at the place of your accommodation or at the finish of your trip. 

Continue your trip south-east across Lake Baluosas until you see a concrete bridge that connects Baluosas and Baluosyksciai lakes. It is ~ 1,5 km (15 – 20 min.) of kayaking. Kayak towards the opposite side of the lake. On the left, you should pass Liepu Island, and on the right the cape called Berzragis. From the point of the cape Berzragis, you will see the concrete bridge – go under it. 

A 150 m. long stream flows from Lake Baluosas that will take your kayak to a small lake Baluosyksiai. Kayak across the lake till the end of it – on the left leaving Simoniskiu, on the right – Vaidziuskiu villages. There, on the left side, between the bulrushes, you will notice the stream Skriogzle. It is around 0.9 km long. Its shallow streambed gradually narrows and deepens. The stream has several sharp turns, framed by steep and old tree-covered slopes. You may run into a tree barrier that can be overcome by jumping over it in a kayak at high speed.

After a few more turns, you will enter Lake Sravinaitis. Here you have to keep to the right shoreline of the lake till you reach a cape-shaped island. Going past its left side, you will reach Ginuciai watermill, which is declared a state-protected monument of engineering. There is a museum where you can see an authentic old-time mill equipment. It not only milled grain but also produced electricity. Get out of the kayak on the right side of the watermill dam and carry it over a paved road. Do not miss a chance to take a dip under the stream of water falling from the dam. 

Continue your trip along the Srove River until the stream branches – you need to take the left stream. The most interesting part of the trip, Ginuciai village, is waiting for you. There you will see beautiful homesteads, docks and you will go under two bridges. Leaving Ginuciai village behind, you will come to Lake Asekas. Keep to the right side of the lake until you reach the Asekas stream. Here you may feel like being in the jungle, and if you stop for a moment, you will hear the beautiful sounds of birds. A bit farther, you will reach Lake Linkmenas. On the western shore, the famous Ladakalnis (a hill 176 meters above sea level, which opens a spectacular view of nature) is located. You have to keep to the right shore of the lake and kayak towards the end of it. At the foot of Ginuciai mound, there is a shallow shore where you will finish your trip.

 

1.4. The Kiauna River (to Vasiuliskes village)

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    Distance – 8 km.

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    Duration – approx. 3 hours

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This route hasn’t got many attractions. We recommend it because of the number of turns. The River Kiauna flows through the forest and swamps of Labanoras, which makes kayaking an exciting experience. It is entertaining and spectacular, a bit more challenging than the Zeimena route. The narrow and watery Kiauna winds its way through the old forest of Labanoras. You won’t get bored kayaking here as there are tree barriers, constantly changing views of the forest and homesteads. Also, there are beautiful places for stopping.

The kayak trip starts from the bridge, which is at the end of Pakiaunis village. This is where the Kiauna Landscape Reserve begins. You will kayak, enjoying the views of beautiful Kiauna River banks, forest, and flora of the swamps. You will pass by small and cosy villages Stirnines, Briedines, Jakutiskio, and Vasiuliskes. They are located on the river banks. By the way, a politician and signatory of the Act of March 11 Kazimira Danute Prunskiene was born in Vasiuliskes village. You will kayak under a wooden bridge and behind it (~ in 50 metres) on the right look for a place to swim, which is your destination.

 

1.5. The Kiauna River (to Kukliai village)

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    Distance – 15 km

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    Duration – approx. 6 hours

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Even though this route hasn’t got many attractions, we recommend it because of the number of turns. The River Kiauna flows through the forest and swamps of Labanoras, which makes kayaking an exciting experience. It is entertaining and spectacular, a bit more challenging than the Zeimena route. The narrow and watery Kiauna winds its way through the old forest of Labanoras. You won’t get bored kayaking here as there are tree barriers, constantly changing views of the forest and homesteads. Also, there are beautiful places for stopping.

The riverbed along its way is surrounded by Kiauna Landscape Reserve,  Pagilūtė Telmological Reserve, and Labanoras Regional Park.

The kayaking trip starts from the bridge, which is at the end of Pakiaunis village. This is where Kiauna Landscape Reserve begins. You will kayak, enjoying the views of beautiful river Kiauna banks, forest, and flora of the swamps. You will pass by small and cosy villages Stirnines, Briedines, Jakutiskio, and Vasiuliskes, which are located on the river banks. By the way, a politician and signatory of the Act of March 11 Kazimira Danute Prunskiene was born in Vasiuliskes village. A bit farther, there are Zvirbliskes, Kuriniai (you can recognize it by the bridge), and Kukliai villages. On your way to Kukliai village, you will kayak across Giluto and Sekluocio Lakes.

The river becomes more extreme from Vasiuliskes village as there are different obstacles: tree barriers, stones, and fast-flowing turns. An adventurous part of the trip is up to Kuriniai village bridge.  The riverbed becomes straighter, and a charming alley of trees will accompany you to Lake Gilutas. There you have to keep left and kayak to the east ~ 0,6 km towards the lake channel. The length of it is ~ 0,8 km. It will take you to Lake Seklotis. On the right of the channel, there is a sandy beach. You can stop for a break and swim there. After having fun in the lake and leaving the place clean and tidy, continue your trip to the east across Lake Sekluotis, where you might be greeted by royal swans.  The high water grass will touch the bottom of the kayak as the lake is a bit shallow.

In 750 meters, when approaching the shore, stir your kayak to the right (to the south) and kayak until you see a river that flows out of the lake. Soon you will see Kukliai village and a concrete bridge, go under the bridge, and ~ in 500 meters, on the left side of the river, you will see a marked place on the bank, where your finish is.

 

1.6. The Aiseta River – The Kiauna River

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    Distance – 20 km

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    Duration – approx. 8 hours

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The trip starts at the campsite on the eastern shore of Lake Aisetas, near Paaisetes village. For 140 metres, you need to keep to the left and kayak along the shore until you reach the source of the lake. Then kayak along the Aiseta River, through the impressive reed tunnels, go under three bridges, and you will come to Lake Kiaunas.

On the lake, direct your kayak along the right shore; you will recognize it from the pine forest and the echoes of people who relax there. In 2 km (keeping to the right shore of the lake), you will reach the source of the Kiauna River.

The Kiauna  flows through the forest and swamps of Labanoras, which makes kayaking an exciting experience. Also, there are beautiful places for a stopping. At the end of Pakiaunis village behind the bridge,  Kiauna’s Landscape Reserve begins. You will pass by small and cosy villages Stirnines, Briedines, Jakutiskio, and Vasiuliskes that are located on the river banks. By the way, a politician and signatory of the Act of March 11 Kazimira Danute Prunskiene was born in Vasiuliskes village.

The river becomes more extreme from Vasiuliskes village as there are different obstacles: tree barriers, stones, and fast-flowing turns. An adventurous part of the trip is up to Kuriniai village bridge. The riverbed becomes straighter, and a charming alley of trees will accompany you to Lake Gliutas. There you need to keep left and kayak to the east ~ 0,6 km towards the channel. The length of it is ~ 0,8 km. and it will take you to Lake Seklotis. There is a sandy beach on the right of the channel where you can stop for a break and have a swim. After having fun in the lake, and leaving the place clean and tidy, continue your trip to the east across Sekluotis Lake. On your way, you may be greeted by royal swans. The high water grass will touch the bottom of the kayak as the lake is a bit shallow.

In 750 meters, when approaching the shore, stir your kayak to the right (to the south) and kayak until you see the river that flows out of the lake. Soon you will see Kukliai village and a concrete bridge, go under the bridge, and ~ in 500 meters, on the left side of the river, you will see a marked bank, where your finish is.

 

1.7. The Zeimena River – Lake Telio

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    Distance – 12 km

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    Duration – approx. 4.5 hours

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The River Zeimena (the right tributary of the River Neris) is called the “mother of rivers” in Aukstaitija. At Kaltanenai village the water is crystal clear; so you can admire not only the pine forest and green meadows but also the underwater world. You will not get bored as sharp turns are waiting for you, and behind them, you will meet tree barriers, and if you are lucky, the families of ducks and swans. There are a lot of nice and cosy places for stopping on the pine river banks.

The kayaking trip starts in Kaltanenai. There is a campsite, a convenient place to prepare for the kayaking trip, on the side of Kaltanenai manor’s park, next to the bridge over Zeimena. Usually, there are no places where you have to carry the kayak over tree barriers or obstacles, so this route is popular among families with children and people who want to admire nature and do not get tired.

As you pass by Kaltanenai, ~ in 3 km, you will see a small village Sakaliskes, where the first right Zeimena tributary – the Kiauna river – supplements the Zeimena River. Behind the confluence of Kiauna and Zeimena rivers, you will come to a beautiful turn of the Zeimena. There, on the left side, you will find a beautiful meadow where you can leave kayaks and have a swim in the river.

Please do not leave the rubbish. You can throw it away at the place of accommodation or at the finish of your trip.

Luknos village is in 5 km. where the second right tributary – Luknele – flows into the Zeimena. ~ in 5 km away from the village Lukna, the Sirgela river flows into the Zeimena from the right side. The territory of Aukstaitija National Park ends, and the Zeimena Ichthyological Reserve begins at the mouth of the Sirgela River. There the spawning grounds of salmon, sea trout, and trout are protected. Zeimena Ichthyological Reserve continues up to the confluence of the Zeimena and Neris Rivers.

In 1 km of kayaking and overcoming two sharp turns of the river, you will come to the channel that connects the Zeimena and Lake Telis. It will take you to a small lake. On the opposite side of the lake, you will see a big concrete bridge that is your destination. Get out of the kayaks next to the bridge. We will meet you there.

 

1.8. The Zeimena River (to Svencioneliai)

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    Distance – 19 km

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    Duration – approx. 7 hours

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The River Zeimena (the right tributary of the River Neris) is called the “mother of rivers” in Aukstaitija. At Kaltanenai village the River Zeimena is crystal clear; so you can admire not only the pine forest and green meadows but also the underwater world. You will not get bored as sharp turns are waiting for you, and behind them, you will meet tree barriers, and if you are lucky, the families of ducks and swans. There are a lot of nice and cosy places for stopping on the pine river banks.

The kayaking trip starts in Kaltanenai. There is a campsite, a convenient place to prepare for the kayaking trip, on the side of Kaltanenai manor’s park, next to the bridge over the Zeimena. Usually, there are no places where you have to carry the kayak over tree barriers or obstacles, so this route is popular among families with children and people who want to admire nature and do not get tired. 

As you pass by Kaltanenai, ~ in 3 km., you will see a small village Sakaliskes, where the first right Zeimena tributary – the Kiauna river– supplements the Zeimena. Behind the confluence of Kiauna and Zeimena rivers, you will come to a beautiful turn of the Zeimena. There, on the left side, you will find a beautiful meadow where you can leave the kayaks and have a swim in the river. 

Please do not leave the rubbish. You can throw it away at the place of accommodation or at the finish of your trip. 

Lukna village is in 5 km. where the second right tributary – Luknele – flows into the Zeimena.~ 5 km away from a village Lukna, the Sirgela River flows into the Zeimena River from the right side. The territory of Aukstaitija National Park ends, and the Zeimena Ichthyological Reserve begins at the mouth of the Sirgela River. There the spawning grounds of salmon, sea trout, and trout are protected. The Zeimena Ichthyological Reserve continues up to the confluence of the Zeimena and Neris Rivers. 

In 1 km of kayaking and overcoming two sharp turns of the Zeimena, you will come to the channel that connects the Zeimena and Telio Lake. It is a short stream Sventele. Approx. in 5km you will come to Svencioneliai. There are shops, cafes, and pharmacies. As you come to Svencioneliai, your kayaking trip is over. Stop next to the first bridge, which is called Kirulio. There is a good place for swimming, and we will meet you there. 

 

1.9. Lake Juodieji Lakajai – the Lakaja River (to Zakaucizna village)

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    Distance – 18 km.

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    Duration – approx. 6 hours

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The Lakaja is one of the most beautiful rivers in East Aukstaitija. This route is usually chosen by those who have tried The Zeimena and the Kiauna routes. The Lakaja is surrounded by beautiful nature, and kayaking there is fun. It is the most “watery” tributary of the Zeimena, and all its way, it flows through the Labanoras forest. Lakaja’s area has been declared a landscape reserve. Nature here is rich, and fauna and flora thrive. Crystal clear water, meadows, pine forest, sandy cliffs, and cosy places for stopping waits for you here. The main disadvantage of this route is that the start and the finish points are far from the main roads – so you need to spend some time on the gravel roads.

The kayaking trip on the Lakaja starts at the campsite, which is next to Lake Juoduju Lakaju, not far from Lakajos village. As you get in the kayak, paddle it along the right shore of the lake. In 150 meters, direct it towards the mouth of the River Lakaja, which is overgrown with lush reeds. Next, you will have to overcome a short distance with tree barriers. At first, the Lakaja looks quite shallow, but there are places where the depth reaches up to 4 meters. If you decide to swim there, please, be careful as the springs, coming from the forest, sometimes form strong cold swirls. 

As you kayak under the Joniskis – Labanoras road bridge, the river becomes more winding. You will pass by Palakajo and Federiskiu villages. The latter was established by the Old Believers. The buildings there are similar to those in old Russian fairy tales. Finally, you will come to a small Lake Aldikis. On its shores, a sea eagle which is listed in the List of Extinct, Endangered, and Threatened Animals of Lithuania, is observed. 

In approx. 0,8 km across Lake Aldikis, you will come to a 1 km length channel that connects Aldikis and Lakaja lakes. At the beginning of this channel on the right side, you will pass by Paaldikio village, then – Zukaucizna village and its bridge – which is your finish. 

 

1.10. The Lakaja River – The Zeimena River (to Liulines Village)

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    Distance – 20 km

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    Duration – approx. 7 hours

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The Lakaja is one of the most beautiful rivers in East Aukstaitija. It is the most “watery” tributary of the Zeimena River. All its way, it flows through the Labanoras forest. Lakaja’s area has been declared a landscape reserve. Nature here is rich, and fauna and flora thrive. Crystal clear water, meadows, pine forest, sandy cliffs, and cosy places for stopping waits for you here. The main disadvantage of this route is that the start and the finish points are far from the main roads, and you need to spend some time on the gravel roads.

The route starts at the bridge of Zukaucizna village. You will kayak to Lake Lakajas – at first, it is wide, but in the middle of it becomes narrower. The winding shoreline forms small peninsulas. You will kayak ~1 km until you reach the narrowing of the lake.  Continue kayaking until you see the left and right narrowing of the lake where you have to choose the left one – the source of the Lakaja’s River. As you enter the Lakaja River, there are ~ 17 km downstream until the destination of your trip.

The most beautiful and romantic part of a kayak trip on the Lakaja starts now. All its way, it flows through the forest, and you can admire the views of nature, which can only be seen from the kayak. You will pass by the small cosy villages Vilkaslastis, Argirdiškė, and Lamanina. At Algirdiskes village there is a campsite where you can stop and relax.

Please do not leave the rubbish. You can throw it away at the place of accommodation or at the finish of your trip.

From Persoksna tributary (on the right of the Lakaja‘s river), you will kayak ~ 7.3 km until the place where the Lakaja meets the Zeimena. Here you have to say goodbye to the Lakaja and continue your trip on the Zeimena. In 1,5 km., you will reach Liuline village; that is the destination of your trip. As soon as you pass a concrete bridge, kayak to the right bank of the river and moor the kayaks there. We will meet you there.

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2.1. The Buka River – Lake Lusiai (to “Superbaidares” base)

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    Distance – 31 km

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    Duration – 2 days

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The winding Buka flows to Lake Baluosas exclusively through the forest areas – on the right bank – Azvinciai forest, and on the left bank – Vyziai forest. The Buka is one of the cleanest rivers in Lithuania. In the past, it served as a way for wood to sail. On your way along the river, you will notice the remains of the old wooden dams. They were used to raise the level of water so that wood could flow freely.

The route starts at Ineiga campsite. It is a convenient place to prepare for a trip and launch the kayaks. 

The Buka is narrower than other rivers. The turns are smaller, and you never know what is waiting behind. The river flows through the damp forests, so the flora on the banks is diverse, but there are fewer places for stopping. 

On your way through Vaisnoriskes village, you will kayak past villagers’ docks and ancient folk style buildings. The village is divided by an old Tauragnai-Braslava road. It was an important part of a trade road Vilnius-Ryga. There was an old tavern mentioned as early as 1765, on the right bank of the river, where the road crosses it. The first manor was established in 1830 there, and later four more were built. The most mysterious building in this village was a barn, where, as it was said, you could hear the voices of its dwellers – mystical creatures called “naminukai”.

As you leave the village Vaisnoriskes, the riverbed becomes narrower, more winding, and the flow becomes stronger. Also, there might be deeper pits on the river turns. On your way, you will run into the impressive tree barriers that were made by the old trees falling from the steep sandy banks. Here you may need to carry the kayaks over the tree barrier or to drag it along the bank. Remember, while carrying the kayak over the obstacle, you should work as a team; otherwise, there is a risk of getting wet. Of course, it is an extreme adventure that creates a good mood. 

In some places, the river branches into two streams – one of them ends in a dead-end. So you have to choose which way to paddle your kayak. The water plants show the flow of the river. It will help you to choose the right way. 

Please do not leave the rubbish. You can throw it away at the place of your accommodation or at the finish of the trip. 

Continue your trip south-east across Lake Baluosas until you see a concrete bridge that connects Baluosas and Baluosyksciai lakes. It is ~ 1,5 km (15 – 20 min.) of kayaking. You have to kayak towards the opposite side of the lake. On the left, you should pass Liepu Island, and on the right – the cape Berzragis. 

A 150 m. long stream flows from Baluosas. It will take your kayak to a small Lake Baluosyksiai. You have to kayak across the lake till the end of it – on the left leaving Simoniskiu, on the right – Vaidziuskiu villages. There, on the left side, between the bulrushes, you will notice the stream Skriogzle. It is ~ 0.9 km long. Its shallow streambed gradually narrows and deepens. The stream has several sharp turns, framed by steep and old tree-covered slopes. You may run into a tree barrier that can be overcome by jumping over it in a kayak at high speed.

After a few more turns, you will enter Lake Sravinaitis. Keep to the right shoreline of the lake till you reach a cape-shaped island. Then, pass by its left side. You will reach the Ginuciai watermill that is declared a state-protected monument of engineering. There is a museum inside of it. There you can see an authentic old-time mill equipment that not only milled grains but also produced electricity. Get out of the kayak on the right side of the watermill dam and carry it over a paved road. Do not miss a chance to take a dip under the stream of water falling from the dam. 

Continue your trip along the Srove River until the stream branches – you need to take the left stream. The most interesting part of the trip, Ginuciai village, is waiting for you. There you will see beautiful homesteads, docks and you will go under two bridges. Leaving Ginuciai village behind, you will come to Lake Asekas. Here, keep to the right side of the lake until you reach the Asekas stream. You may feel like being in the jungle, and if you stop for a moment, you will hear the beautiful sounds of birds. A bit farther, you will reach Lake Linkmenas, and on the western shore of it, the famous Ladakalnis is located. It is a hill 176 meters above sea level that opens a spectacular view of nature.

While admiring nature, turn the kayak to the left and keep it to its left shore for ~ 500 metres until you reach the channel connecting Linkmenas and Asalnyksciai lakes. Kayak along it for a bit more than 1km. The wooden bridge shows the halfway of the channel. It connects Salu peninsula, seen on the right, and Linkmenai forest, on the left. Salu peninsula is a special place. There are two villages: Salu I and Salu II. Both of them are on a kind of peninsula surrounded by the lakes Asalnyksciai, Linkmenas, Alksnas, and Alksnaitis. The only way for people who live there to travel by land is from the village AntalksneSalu I and Salu II villages are unique because of their architecture and layout. That is why the cultural reserve has been established here. There are a house and a barn that remained from 19th century other buildings were built in 20th century. 

The aforementioned peninsula is on the right side of your direction. On the left side, there is an interesting historical place the Puziniskio mound. The steep slopes of it are up to 20 meters high, covered by birches and pines. On the western side, the slopes are surrounded by the remains of a defensive embankment. Would you like to visit it? 

As you consider climbing the mound or kayaking farther, look at the water. You will see greenish organisms that look like corals. These are freshwater sponges – Spongilla Lacustris.

The length of the channel is only 1km. However, it is full of natural and ethnographic wonders.  

Leaving the Unksties peninsula behind, you will come to Lake Asalnykstis. Keep to the left shore of the lake, and Gimziskes Island is on the right. A bit farther, you will see a narrowing that will take you to the Lake Asalnai. On the left shore of the narrowing, you will see Puziniskes village. It is located on the hill where the beautiful view of the Asalnai Landscape Reserve reveals. 

Kayaking on the lake, keep to the right shore. You will notice that the lake becomes narrow. As you get into the narrow place (like a sleeve) on the left, you will see the River Dringykscios (also called Meira River). The river comes from Lake Dringyksciu. On the river banks, the sun heats the roofs of farmer’s houses in Meironiai village that will accompany you to Lake Lusiai. There is an interesting tradition in this village. On The Christian Holiday of Pentecost (which is celebrated the 50th day (the seventh Sunday) from Easter Sunday), farmers decorate their cows with flower wreaths and take them across the river to the other bank, which is called Pabirziai. The cows are released there to graze until the feast of Michaelmas in autumn. The milkers sail in the boat every morning and evening to milk the cows and carry warm milk home.

So, as you pass Meironiai village on the left and Pabirzis on the right, you will come to Lake Lusiai. Kayak keeping to the right shore of the lake for ~ 3km until you see the docks of of Superbaidares base. 

 

2.2. The Kiauna River – The Zeimena River (to Svencioneliai)

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    Distance – 30 km

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    Duration – 2 days

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Even though this route hasn’t got many attractions, we recommend it because of the number of turns. The River Kiauna flows through the forest and swamps of Labanoras, which makes kayaking an exciting experience. It is entertaining and spectacular, a bit more challenging than the Zeimena route. The narrow and watery Kiauna winds its way through the old forest of Labanoras. You won’t get bored here as there are tree barriers, constantly changing views of the forest and homesteads. Also, there are beautiful places for a stopping.

The riverbed along its way is surrounded by the Kiauna Landscape Reserve, the Pagilute Telmological Reserve, and Labanoras regional park.

The kayaking trip starts from the bridge, which is at the end of Pakiaunis village. This is where the Kiauna Landscape Reserve begins. You will kayak, enjoying the views of beautiful river banks, forest, and flora of the swamps. You will pass by small and cosy villages Stirnines, Briedines, Jakutiskio, and Vasiuliskes. They are located on the river banks. By the way, a politician and signatory of the Act of March 11 Kazimira Danute Prunskiene was born in Vasiuliskes village. A bit farther, there are Zvirbliskes, Kuriniu (you can recognize it by a bridge), and Kukliai villages. Before Kukliai village, you will kayak across Giluto and Sekluocio lakes. 

The river becomes more extreme from Vasiuliskes village as there are different obstacles: tree barriers, stones, and fast-flowing turns. An adventurous part of the trip is up to Kuriniai Village Bridge. The riverbed becomes straighter, and a charming alley of trees will accompany you to Lake Gliutas. In the lake, you need to keep left and kayak to the east ~ 0,6 km. to the mouth of it. The length of the channel is ~ 0,8 km. It will take you to Lake Seklotis. There is a sandy beach on the right of the channel where you can stop for a break and have a swim. After having fun in the lake and leaving the place clean and tidy, continue your trip to the east across Lake Sekluotis. There you may be greeted by royal swans. The high water grass will touch the bottom of the kayak as the lake is a bit shallow. 

In 750 meters, when approaching the shore stir your kayak to the right (to the south) and kayak until you see a river that flows out of the lake. Soon you will see Kukliai village and a concrete bridge, go under the bridge. Approx. in 500 meters, on the left bank, you will see a marked place where you can stop and have a rest.

Please do not leave the rubbish. You can throw it away at the place of accommodation or at the finish of the trip. 

A little bit farther, behind the confluence of the Kiauna and Zeimena rivers, you will come to a beautiful turn of Zeimena. There, on the left side, you will find a beautiful meadow where you can leave kayaks and have a swim in the river. 

Luknos village is in 5 km. where the second right tributary – Luknele – flows into Zeimena. ~ 5 km away from the village Lukna, the Sirgela River flows into the Zeimena River from the right. The territory of Aukstaitija National Park ends, and the Zeimena Ichthyological Reserve begins at the mouth of the Sirgela River. There the spawning grounds of salmon, sea trout, and trout are protected.

In 1 km of kayaking and overcoming two sharp turns of the Zeimena, you will come to the channel that connects the river and Lake Telis. It is a short stream Sventele. In ~ 5km you will come to Svencioneliai, there are shops, cafes, and pharmacies. As you come to Svencioneliai, your kayaking trip is over. Stop next to the first bridge, which is called Kirulio. There is a good place for swimming, and we will meet you there. 

 

2.3. The Zeimena River – Liuline Village

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    Distance – 30 km

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    Duration – 2 days

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At Kaltanenai village the Zeimena River is crystal clear; so you can admire not only the pine forest and green meadows but also the underwater world. You will not get bored as sharp turns are waiting for you, and behind them, you will meet tree barriers, and if you are lucky, the families of ducks and swans. There are a lot of nice and cosy places for stopping on the pine river banks.

The kayaking trip starts in Kaltanenai. There is a campsite, a convenient place to prepare for the kayaking trip, on the side of Kaltanenai manor’s park, next to the bridge over the Zeimena. Usually, there are no places where you have to carry the kayak over tree barriers or obstacles, so this route is popular among families with children and people who want to admire nature and don’t get tired. 

As you pass by Kaltanenai, ~ in 3 km., you will see a small village Sakaliskes, where the first right Zeimena tributary – the Kiauna river – supplements the Zeimena River. Behind the confluence of Kiauna and Zeimena rivers, you will come to a beautiful turn of the Zeimena. There, on the left side, you will find a beautiful meadow where you can leave the kayaks and have a swim in the river. 

Please do not leave the rubbish. You can throw it away at the place of accommodation or at the fisnish of your trip. 

Lukna village is in 5 km. where the second right tributary – Luknele – flows into the Zeimena.~ in 5 km away from the village Lukna, the Sirgela flows into the Zeimena from the right side. The territory of Aukstaitija National Park ends, and the Zeimena Ichthyological Reserve begins at the mouth of the Sirgela River. There the spawning grounds of salmon, sea trout, and trout are protected. The Zeimena Ichthyological Reserve continues up to the confluence of the Zeimena and Neris Rivers. In 1 km of kayaking and overcoming two sharp turns of the Zeimena, you will come to the channel that connects the Zeimena and Telio Lake. It is a short stream Sventele. In ~ 5km you will come to Svencioneliai. There are shops, cafes, and pharmacies. In Svencioneliai, next to the bridge, there is a good place for swimming.

Continue kayaking along the Zeimena towards Liuline village. You will pass by forest and swamps, and river bays – do not mix them with the confluence of rivers. The flow of water and the movement of water plants will show you the right direction. 

In 8km from Svencioneliai on the right, you will see Garnio village. As you kayak past the village, you will notice that the river becomes winding. Then you will come to the confluence of the Lakajas and Zeimena rivers. Here, on the right side, the village Santaka is located. Continue kayaking for ~ 1.5 km until you reach the destination of your trip – Liuline village. Immediately after passing a concrete bridge turn to the right bank and moor your kayak.

 

2.4. Juodieji Lakajai Lake – Liulines village

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    Distance – 30 km

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    Duration – 2 days

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The Lakaja River is one of the most beautiful rivers in East Aukstaitija. This route is usually chosen by those who have tried The Zeimena and The Kiauna routes. The Lakaja is surrounded by beautiful nature, and kayaking there is fun. It is the most “watery” tributary of the Zeimena, and all its way, it flows through the Labanoras forest. Lakaja’s area has been declared a landscape reserve. Nature here is rich, and fauna and flora thrive. Crystal clear water, meadows, pine forest, sandy cliffs, and cosy places for stopping wait for you here. The main disadvantage of this route is that the start and the finish points are far from the main roads – so you need to spend some time on the gravel roads.

The trip on the Lakaja starts at the campsite, which is on the shore of the Juoduju Lakaju lake, not far from Lakajos village. As you get in the kayak, paddle it along the right shore of the lake. In 150 meters, direct it towards the mouth of the Lakaja River, which is overgrown with lush reeds. Next, you will have to overcome a short distance with tree barriers. At first, the Lakaja looks quite shallow, but there are places where the depth reaches up to 4 meters. If you decide to swim there, please, be careful as the springs, coming from the forest, sometimes form strong cold swirls. 

As you kayak under the Joniskis – Labanoras road bridge, the river becomes more winding. You will pass by Palakajo and Federiskiu villages. The latter was founded by the Old Believers. The buildings there are similar to those in old Russian fairy tales. Finally, you will come to a small Lake Aldikis. On its shores, a sea eagle which is listed in the List of Extinct, Endangered, and Threatened Animals of Lithuania, is observed. 

In ~ 0,8 km across the Aldikis, you will come to a 1 km length channel that connects Aldikis and Lakaja lakes. At the beginning of this channel, on the right side, you will pass by Paaldikio village, then – Zukaucizna village and its bridge and you will get to Lake Lakajas– at first, it is wide, but in the middle of it becomes narrower. The winding shoreline forms small peninsulas. You will kayak ~ 1 km until you reach the narrowing of the lake. Continue kayaking until you see the left and right narrowings of the lake where you have to choose the left one – the source of the  Lakaja’s River. As you enter the Lakaja, there are ~ 17 km downstream until the destination of your trip. 

The most beautiful and romantic part of the trip on the Lakaja starts now. All its way, it flows through the forest, and you can admire the views of nature, which can only be seen from the kayak. You will kayak past small and cosy villages: Vilkaslastis, Argirdiškė, and Lamanina. At Algirdiskes village there is a campsite where you can stop and relax. 

Please do not leave the rubbish. You can throw it away at the place of accommodation or at the finish of your trip.

From Persoksna tributary (on the right of the Lakaja), you will kayak ~ 7.3 km until the place where the Lakaja meets The Zeimena. Here you have to say goodbye to the Lakaja and continue your trip on the Zeimena river. In 1,5 km, you will reach Liuline village, which is the destination of your trip. Immediately, after passing a concrete bridge, kayak to the right bank of the river and moor the kayaks there. We will be waiting there for you. 

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3.1. The Kiauna River – The Zeimena River (to Liuline Campsite)

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    Distance – 50 km

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    Duration – 3 days

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Even though this route hasn’t got many attractions, we recommend it because of the number of turns. The River Kiauna flows through the forest and swamps of Labanoras, which makes kayaking an exciting experience. It is an entertaining and spectacular, a bit more challenging than the Zeimena route. The narrow and watery Kiauna winds its way through the old forest of Labanoras. You won’t get bored kayaking here as there are tree barriers, constantly changing views of the forest and homesteads. Also, there are beautiful places for stopping.

The riverbed along its way is surrounded by Kiauna Landscape Reserve, Pagilute Telmological Reserve, and Labanoras regional park.

The kayaking trip starts from the bridge, which is at the end of Pakiaunis village. This is where the Kiauna Landscape Reserve begins. You will kayak enjoying the views of the beautiful Kiauna banks, forest, and flora of the swamps. Also, you will pass by small and cosy villages Stirnines, Briedines, Jakutiskio, and Vasiuliskes that are located on the river banks. By the way, a politician and signatory of the Act of March 11 Kazimira Danute Prunskiene was born in Vasiuliskes village. A bit farther there are Zvirbliskes, Kuriniu village (you can recognize it by the bridge) and Kukliai. Before Kukliai village you will kayak across Giluto and Sekluocio lakes.

The river becomes more extreme from Vasiuliskes village as there are different obstacles: tree barriers, stones and fast-flowing turns. An adventurous part of the trip is up to Kuriniai Village Bridge.  The riverbed becomes straighter, and a charming alley of trees will accompany you to Lake Gliutas. On the lake, you need to keep left and kayak to the east ~ 0,6 km to the mouth of the lake. The length of the channel is ~ 0,8 km. and it will take you to Lake Seklotis. On the right of it, there is a sandy beach where you can stop for a break and have a swim. After having fun in the lake, and leaving the place clean and tidy, continue your trip to the east across Lake Sekluotis. There you may be greeted by royal swans.  The high water grass will touch the bottom of the kayak as the lake is a bit shallow.

In 750 meters when approaching the shore, stir your kayak to the right (to the south) and kayak until you see a river that flows out of the lake. Soon you will see Kukliai village and a concrete bridge, go under the bridge and ~ in 500 meters on the left side of the river, you will see a marked place on the bank where you can stop and have a rest.

Please do not leave the rubbish. You can throw it away at the place of accommodation or at the finish of your trip.

A little farther behind the confluence of the Kiauna and Zeimena rivers, you will come to a beautiful turn of the Zeimena. There, on the left side, you will find a beautiful meadow where you can leave kayaks and have a swim in the river.

Luknos village is in 5 km where the second right tributary – Luknele – flows into the Zeimena.~ in 5 km away from the village Lukna, the river Sirgela flows into the river Zeimena from the right side. At the mouth of the Sirgela, the territory of Aukstaitija National Park ends, and he Zeimena Ichthyological Reserve begins, where the spawning grounds of salmon, sea trout and trout are protected.

In 1 km of kayaking and overcoming two sharp turns of Zeimena, you will come to the channel that connects the Zeimena and Lake Telis. It is a short stream Sventele. In ~ 5km you will come to Svencioneliai, there are shops, cafes and pharmacies. As you come to Svencioneliai, you can stop next to the first bridge, which is called Kirulio. There is a good place for swimming.

Continue kayaking along the Zeimena towards Liuline village. You will pass by forest and swamps, and river bays – do not mix them with the confluence of rivers. The flow of water and the movement of water plants will show you the right direction.

In 8km from Svencioneliai on the right, you will see Garnio Village. As you pass by the village, you will notice that the river becomes winding. Then you will come to the confluence of the Lakajas and Zeimena rivers. Here, on the right side, the village Santaka is located. Continue kayaking for ~ 1.5 km until you reach the destination of your trip – Liuline village. Immediately after passing a concrete bridge turn to the right bank and moor your kayak.

 

3.2. The Buka River – The Zeimena River

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    Distance – 50 km

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    Duration – 3 days

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The winding Buka flows to Lake Baluosas exclusively through the forest areas – on the right bank – Azvinciai forest and on the left bank – Vyziai forest. The Buka is one of the cleanest rivers in Lithuania. In the past, it served as a way for wood to sail. On your way along the river, you will notice the remains of the old wooden dams. They were used to raise the level of water so that wood could flow freely.

Your route will start at Ineiga campsite. It is a convenient place to prepare for a trip and launch the kayaks. 

The Buka is narrower than other rivers: so, the turns are smaller, and you never know what is waiting behind them. The river flows through the damp forests, and the flora on the banks is diverse, but there are fewer places for stops. 

On your way through Vaisnoriskes village, you will kayak past villagers’ docks and ancient folk style buildings. The village is divided by an old Tauragnai-Braslava road. It was an important part of a trade road Vilnius-Ryga. On the right bank of the Buka, where the road crosses it, there was an old tavern mentioned as early as 1765. The first manor was established in 1830 there, and later four more were built. The most mysterious building in this village was a barn, where, as it was said, you could hear the voices of its dwellers – mystical creatures called “naminukai”.

As you leave Vaisnoriskes village, the riverbed becomes narrower, more winding, and the flow becomes stronger. Also, there might be deeper pits on the river turns. On your way, you will run into the impressive tree barriers that were made by the old trees falling from the steep and sandy banks. It means you may need to carry the kayaks over a tree barrier or to drag it along the bank. Remember, while carrying the kayak over the barrier, you should work as a team. Otherwise, there is a risk of getting wet. Of course, it is an extreme adventure that creates a good mood. 

In some places, the river branches into two streams – one of them ends in a dead-end. So, you have to choose which way to paddle your kayak. The water plants show the flow of the river and can help you to choose the right way.

After admiring the views of the Buka and overcoming its obstacles, you will enter Lake Baluosas. The landscape of the lake is spectacular: there are 7 islands and the winding shoreline of pines.  On the right side, you will find a beautiful place Adomragis to stop and have a snack. Here, you will find a good place for swimming. Also, it can be your team’s meeting point if you kayak in a bigger group. 

Please do not leave the rubbish. You can throw it away at the place of your accommodation or at the finish of the trip. 

Continue your trip south-east across the lake until you see a concrete bridge that connects Baluosas and Baluosyksciai lakes. Kayak under it. It is ~ 1,5 km (15 – 20 min.) of kayaking. You have to kayak towards the opposite side of the lake. On the left, you should pass Liepu Island, and on the right – the cape Berzragis. 

A 150 metres long stream flows from Baluosas that will take your kayak to a small Lake Baluosyksiai. You have to kayak across the lake till the end of it – on the left leaving Simoniskiu, on the right – Vaidziuskiu villages. There, on the left side, between the bulrushes, you will notice the stream Skriogzle. It is ~ 0.9 km long. Its shallow streambed gradually narrows and deepens. The stream has several sharp turns, framed by steep and old tree-covered slopes. You may run into a tree barrier that can be overcome by jumping over it in a kayak at high speed.

After a few more turns, you will enter Lake Sravinaitis. Keep to the right shoreline of the lake till you reach a cape-shaped island. Then, passing by its left side, you will reach the Ginuciai watermill that is declared a state-protected monument of engineering. There is a museum inside of it. There you can see an authentic old-time mill equipment that not only milled grain but also produced electricity. Get out of the kayak on the right side of the watermill dam and carry it over a paved road. Do not miss a chance to take a dip under the stream of water falling from the dam. 

Continue your trip along the Srove River until the stream branches – you need to take the left stream. The most interesting part of the trip, Ginuciai village, is waiting for you. There you will see beautiful homesteads, docks and you will go under two bridges. Leaving Ginuciai village behind, you will come to Lake Asekas. Here, keep to the right side of the lake until you reach the Asekas stream. You may feel like being in the jungle, and if you stop for a moment, you will hear the beautiful sounds of birds. A bit farther, you will reach Linkmenas Lake, and on the western shore of it, the famous Ladakalnis is located. It is a hill 176 meters above sea level that opens a spectacular view of nature.

While admiring nature, turn the kayak to the left and keep it to its left shore for ~500 metres until you reach the channel connecting Linkmenas and Asalnyksciai lakes. Kayak along it for a bit more than 1km. The wooden bridge shows the halfway of the channel. It connects Salu peninsula, seen on the right, and Linkmenai forest, on the left. Salu peninsula is a special place. There are two villagesSalu I and Salu II. Both of them are on a kind of peninsula surrounded by the lakes Asalnyksciai, Linkmenas, Alksnas, and Alksnaitis. The only way for people who live there to travel by land is from the village Antalksne. Salu I and Salu II villages are unique because of their architecture and layout. That is why the cultural reserve has been established here. There are a house and a barn that remained from 19th century other buildings were built in 20th century. 

The aforementioned peninsula is on the right side of your direction. On the left side, there is an interesting historical place Puziniskio mound. The steep slopes of it are up to 20 meters high, covered by birches and pines. On the western side, are surrounded by the remains of a defensive embankment. Would you like to visit it? 

As you consider climbing the mound or kayaking farther, look at the water. You will see greenish organisms that look like corals. These are freshwater sponges – Spongilla Lacustris.

The length of the channel is only 1km. However, it is full of natural and ethnographic wonders.  

Leaving the Unksties peninsula behind, you will come to Lake  Asalnykstis. Keep to the left shore of the lake, and Gimziskes Island is on the right. A bit farther, you will see a narrowing that will take you to Lake Asalnai. On the left shore of the narrowing, you will see Puziniskes village. It is located on the hill where the beautiful view of  Asalnai Landscape Reserve reveals. 

Kayaking on the lake, keep to the right shore. You will notice that the lake becomes narrow. As you get into the narrow place (like a sleeve) on the left, you will see the Dringykscios River ( also called Meira). The river comes from Lake Dringyksciu. On the river banks, the sun heats the roofs of farmer’s houses in Meironiai village that will accompany you to Lake Lusiai. There is an interesting tradition in this village. On The Christian Holiday of Pentecost (which is celebrated the 50th day (the seventh Sunday) from Easter Sunday), farmers decorate their cows with flower wreaths and take them across the river to the other bank, which is called Pabirziai. There the cows are released to graze until the feast of Michaelmas in autumn. The milkers sail in the boat every morning and evening to milk the cows and carry warm milk home.

So as you pass Meironiai village on the left and Pabirzis on the right, you will come to Lake Lusiai.

If you want to visit Paluses village keep to the left shore of the lake and kayak 1,5 km to the east. You will see the historical attraction – a wooden Paluses church with a bell tower. It was built in 1750. It is the oldest wooden church in Lithuania, and it was on 1 Litas banknote. As you climb the stone-paved stairs, you will see that the church is cosy and well restored. The church is located on a hill where you can admire the landscape of Lake Lusiai. 

If you decide not to visit Paluses village, as you enter the lake, stir the kayak to the opposite side of the lake keeping to the left. ~ in 0,8 km, you will reach the opposite shore of Lake Lusiai, and you will see a channel that goes to the right. Keeping to the shore of the lake, kayak along the channel to Lake Sakarvu. 

Sakarvai is one of the deepest lakes in Aukštaitija‘s National Park; the deepest place is 40 m. The average width of the lake is 0.35 km, the length is 2.5 km. Continue kayaking across the lake until you see a bridge, where the stream connecting Sakarvai and Zeimenis lakes flows. 

Zeimenis is the lake with the longest shoreline in Aukstaitija‘s National Park. The length is more than 10 km, the width is ~ 0.5 km, and the depth is ~ 24 m. Zeimenys surpasses other lakes in its length, but not in width. Therefore while kayaking in Zeimenai Bay, you will notice that water flows into the river. The shores of the lake look like slopes. They are up to 20 m above sea level, sandy, and covered with pines. A large part of the shores is overgrown by reeds, which have embraced the islands. 

Many rivers and streams flow into Zeimenai: Sakarva, Jaurupe, Laukupe, and Kretuona. Zeimenys Lake gives water to the Zeimena, which carries its waters to the Neris, and the latter to the Nemunas. 

There are 14 deserted islands in Lake Zeimenys, and around it, there are 4 villages: Bajorai, Ozkiniai, Antanavas, and your next stop – Kaltanenai. 

In ~ 4 km. of kayaking on the left, you will see a “T-shaped” dock. Behind the dock, you will notice the Kretuona stream flowing out of Lake Kretuona. It is the largest lake in Aukstaitija’s National Park and has been declared an ornithological reserve due to the great diversity of protected birds. Also, here scientists have discovered the remains of 9 B.C. settlements. 

In 350 metres from the shore of Zeimenys, you will find an old Pakretuone watermill, built near the Kretuona stream. It is fun to have a dip under its water cascades. Now, there is Martynas Mazvydas National Library of Lithuania recreation zone, and the tourists are admitted for a fee.  

Continuing the trip for ~ 4.5 km from the Kretuonas stream, on the right shore of the lake, you will see Kaltanenai village. While kayaking towards Kaltanenai, keep to the right shore of a narrow and winding Lake Zelmenys, you will reach the Zeimena.. The river flows through the meadows where Kaltanėnai Manor Park’s lindens are seen. There you will go under the bridge. 

If you have time, look around Kaltanenai. Here you will see a Neo-Gothic style single-tower red clay bricks church of St. Virgin Maria’s of Angelica. The church was built in 1909, and the construction continued for six years! Also, you can visit the barn of Kaltanenai manor. It is a two-storey, folk classicism building built of wooden logs back in 1838.

Going downstream the Zeimena at Sakaliskes village, you will come to the first right Zeimenas tributary – the Kiauna. 

As you pass by the tributary in 1,7 km, you will kayak through the small village – Naujoji Brasta. Then in 3 km, you will reach Luknas village, where the second right Zeimena’s tributary – Luknele – flows. Even though this river is short (15 km) but it is very extreme: there are a lot of trees barries. We do not offer the route on this as it is difficult to pass with others. 

In 5 km from the Lukneles tributary on the right, you will see Jusiu village. Next to this village, there is the third right Zeimena’s tributary – the Sirgela. The territory of Aukstaitija National Park ends, and the Zeimena Ichthyological Reserve begins at the mouth of the River Sirgela. There the spawning grounds of salmon, sea trout, and trout are protected. Zeimena Ichthyological Reserve continues up to the confluence of the rivers Zeimena and Neris.

In 1 km of kayaking and overcoming two sharp turns of the Zeimena, you will come to the channel – the stream Sventenele – that connects the river Zeimena and Lake Telis. It will take you to a small lake. In ~ 5km you will come to Svencioneliai, there are shops, cafes, and pharmacies. As you come to Svencioneliai, your kayaking trip is over. Moor the kayaks next to the first bridge, which is called Kirulio. There is a good place for swimming, and we will meet you there.