Pomerania offers an unusual way of visiting the region – out of the canoe, thanks to the over 30 navigable canoe trails, whose total length is 3 000 kilometres. Do you regard constant paddling as boring? Certainly not here! When you enter the mountain river you will struggle not to fall into the water, but when you sail on picturesque lakes and rivers you will be fascinated by the beautiful landscapes. Furthermore, only in Pomerania can you finish the canoeing trip over the seacoast.
The Tuga Route – the most representative of Żuławy
The Tuga, whose upper course is also called the Wielka Święta, was once one of the arms of the branched delta of the Vistula.
The river flows through the very heart of Żuławy Wiślane, including the two most important towns of this region - Nowy Dwór Gdański, which is the capital of Żuławy, and the historic and little-known Nowy Staw, which has recently opened a large canoe harbour and campsite. A trip down the Tuga affords the traveller an understanding of the extraordinary land of Żuławy, a region snatched from water and imbued with a peculiar charm and mystery.
The Tuga Route is meandering, wide, calm and magnificent. It is rich in wild, remote spots, convenient camping grounds and monuments of architecture and technology. When travelling on this route, it is worth stopping in Tujsk, Stobiec and Żelichowo, and seeing the historic buildings of Nowy Dwór and Nowy Staw. You can also base your trips in Rybina or Tujsk. Thanks to its slow current, canoes can go both directions. In the Summer, however, the upper course (to Nowy Dwór) is overgrown with floating fern, a protected water plant. This makes trips on the river significantly more difficult.
The Tuga-Święta Route:24 km (1 day)
The recommended route: Nowy Staw - Rybina
Difficulty: easy and smooth, no obstacles
Number of portages: 0