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Beauty of nature route

Take this breathtaking route to admire the wonders of nature, and encounter the wildlife of Sobieszewo Island but also the rich history of Vistula Lagoon. The Sobieszewo Island, the Vistula Spit, the Vistula Lagoon and the Vistula Fens (Żuławy Wiślane) are located east of Gdańsk and are noted for unparalleled multiculturalism and biodiversity. Visit them by bike, boat, ferry, bus, narrow-gauge railway, and of course, on foot. You will discover sandy beaches, where you can easily find a space for yourself, meditate, search for amber, and come across seals, resting places for migratory birds, and the largest cormorant colony in the region.

Season: all year

Length: 1 day tour

Curious explores

Start your journey

Rezerwat Ptasi Raj

Welcome to the heaven for thousands of birds. There are two nature reserves on the island, both make the most important protected areas for migratory birds in the country. The Bird’s Paradise Nature Reserve (Ptasi Raj) covers two coastal lakes, namely Karaś and Ptasi Raj.

Activity

1 hour

At the Bird’s Paradise Nature Reserve you can conveniently watch the nature from viewing platforms without disturbing the animals. It is a unique outdoor leisure activity, that may influence your mental and spiritual harmony. Taking a binoculars with you is a clever idea.

There is a chance to become a volunteer and help to popularize knowledge about nature and protect it. Help to count or ring birds: scientists from the Biological Station of the University of Gdańsk in Górki Wschodnie and ornithologists from the Ornithological Station of the Polish Academy of Sciences, as well as numerous non-profit nature organizations regularly ring birds and count them.

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"Ptasi Raj", Gdańsk, Poland

Sobieszewo

This area of great natural interest has not always been an island. Wide, sandy beaches make the northern edge of the island. They are, especially in the eastern part of the island, much less frequented than other Tricity beaches, from where a trained eye will see the Kosa Helska and the coastline of the Vistula Spit.

Activity

2 hours

In summer, the beaches are full of lovers of sunbaths and swimming in the sea; in winter, on the other hand, you may come across the enthusiasts of ice swimming. On cooler days, it is pleasant to take a walk along the seashore, especially as amber is easy to find there. The beaches of the Sobieszewo Island and the neighbouring Vistula Spit are full of smaller and larger chunks. They differ from ordinary stones because they are lighter and warmer.

Take a look at the shells lying on the sand. You may find the lagoon cockle, a heart-shaped clam with radiating ribs. Or the Baltic macoma, a small, pink, shiny saltwater clam. The darkest ones are edible mussels. Soft-shell clams are the largest, with a delicate, brittle shell.
Take photos of the microcosm of the beach: in winter, the shells with pieces of ice look like they were sugar-coated, while in summer – they will make the photos look truly sunny. The wind forms intricate patterns on the sand. The grasses and plants on the dunes will be a nice subject for your photos.
Go back to your childhood and find joy building castles on sand with a water moat around them.

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Plaża Sobieszewska, Gdańsk, Poland

Mewia Łacha

At the mouth of the Vistula Dug-through, on both sides of the river, there is the Mewia Łacha nature reserve. This is where you can hear and see various species of birds, and also come across beavers, or at least the dams and lodges they have hardly built.

Activity

1 hour

Absorb the sounds, pictures and smells of nature. Stay close to nature but do not disturb its peace. It is a place worth for visiting, especially if you want to meditate and focus on your inner peace. Walking along the beach, watching the sea and birds is great wellbeing activity for you and you can do it at Mawia Łacha during all seasons of the year.

Go on a ride by a narrow-gauge railway that connects coastal towns, and will get you to another place of “Beauty of nature” route –  Jantar. In the summer season, the railway runs several times a day, but in late spring and early autumn – only on weekends. If you travel in a larger group, the trip may be exclusively yours.

Mewia Łacha, Gdańsk, Poland

Jantar

The name of the town comes from the Baltic languages and it means “amber”. Indeed, an exceptionally wide beach (up to 30 m), adjacent to Jantar, is full of small lumps of this precious gem.

Activity

2 hour

Enthusiasts of a healthy lifestyle may be interested in preventive and therapeutic retreats. You will improve strength and cleanse your body and mind thanks to therapeutic treatments, including a healthy diet, fasting, physical therapy, exercises in the field of reflexology, and mindfulness practice. If the whole stay is too much for you, try medicinal products based on beetroot leaven, black and green tea and herbal teas.

Go for a horseback ride. The conditions for horse riding are perfect. You can gallop along the beach as well as along outlined forest horse trails. Horses can be rented at studs in Jantar and in other seaside towns.

Pay a visit to the Amber Mine, a family playground where you can learn to find amber chunks in sand.

Jantar, Poland

Żuławy Wiślane

The Vistula Fens In its lower reaches, just before the estuary, the Vistula forms a 60 km wide flat valley. It is cut by numerous drainage channels and, of course, by the arms of the Vistula delta, which include Leniwka, Dead Vistula, Nogat and Koenigsberg Vistula.

Activity

2 hour

Make sure to check out an arcaded house in Żelichowo. In the “Mały Holender” inn run by a famous photographer Marek Opitz you will learn about still cultivated local culinary traditions. Help yourself to dishes of fresh fish, swede, bread, crayfish, plum and elderberry soup. Have a taste of local delicacy, namely the Mennonite Werderkäse cheese, the recipe of which has just been recreated in the “Mały Holender” inn. The owner himself will take care of his guests, show them around and tell them about local traditions. After a meal at the inn, visit the neighbouring historic Greek Catholic church. You will get everywhere by bike thanks to properly prepared and maintained infrastructure.

The “Żuławy Historical Park” museum in Nowy Dwór Gdański houses a fine collection of ancient equipment and customs.

Nowa Kościelnica 64, Poland

How to get around

You can get here by city buses from the centre of Gdańsk (lines 112 and 186), by a white fleet ship (in summer) or by bike. Two bridges, in Sobieszewo and Przegalin, connect the island with the mainland. There is also a ferry crossing over the Vistula Dug-through in Świbno, that can take you to two places of this route Jantar and The Vistula Fens but it works only during the high season.

Your mode of travel makes a difference!

A major part of traveling is getting from place to place. Whether you are abroad or traveling in the local or regional communities. There are multiple transportation options to choose from but as a wellbeing guest, with the intention of doing good, a sustainable transport mode is to be preferred. Sustainable transport systems make a positive contribution to the environmental, social, and economic sustainability of the communities they serve.

In the example below, you can see how different transport choices give more or less CO2 emissions per passenger-kilometers. We hope it can help you make changes on the way you get around.

Background and assumptions to the calculation

The length of the route is 36,3 km.

In the examples below we have the following assumptions:

  • All drivers have a fuel-efficient way of driving.
  • The calculation for buses considers that they are operating in partial load capacity.
  • CO2 emission for electric vehicles may vary based on how electricity is produced.
  • We use a single average for biogas emissions, although it may vary according to the production mode.

Note: The transport modes below are for comparison purposes. Check their availability at your destination. Different transport modes may affect the suggested length of the route.

Choose wisely and reduce your carbon footprint!
Bike
Bike - 0 g/CO2

Bedste valg, Lav påvirkning

Electrical Bike
Electric bike - 166 g/CO2

Lav påvirkning (calculation based on the real GHG)

Electric Public Transport
Electric public transport - 399 gCO2

Middel påvirkning (provided that the Bus is well filled)

Electric Public Transport
Biofuel public transport - 299

Middel påvirkning (provided that the Bus is well filled)

Public Transport
Public transport - 980 g/CO2

Middel påvirkning (per person based on 60% of load capacity)

Electric car
Electric car - 751 g/CO2

Middel påvirkning (Medium sized electric vehicle)

Biofuel car
Biofuel car - 513 g/CO2

Middel påvirkning (Medium sized biogas vehicle)

Car
Car - 1965 g/CO2

Høj effekt (Medium Sized diesel vehicle)

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