Time for Forest Hiking near Vilnius!
Ever feel like you want to get away from it all? Looking for a bit of peace and quiet on your Baltic holiday? We get it — you love your smartphones — so do we! But we like to mix it up occasionally and get out into the great outdoors. Fortunately, Lithuania has loads of hiking trails and natural parks where we can do just that.
There are many national parks – thick forests with rivers, lakes, the occasional little hill. As a whole, Lithuania is fairly flat, so even a little hill is somewhat of a celebrity! So there are ample opportunities to enjoy easy forest hiking, cycling and kayaking.
In the heart of Vilnius is the river Neris, which starts in Belarus, crosses into Lithuania and tributes at the larger river Neman in Kaunas. Follow the trail of this waterway and you’ll follow the path to countless forests and parks.
As part of our Vilnius Day Tour, we often tailor on a few hours spent in the wilderness just outside of Vilnius. As you leave Vilnius, within a short drive you’ll come across rural villages and single house farms. Branching off the main road, park your car and get ready to start your active adventure. Here, your journey into Karamzinu Forest begins.
Our guides will take you down a narrow path among pine trees and towering oaks. I’ve taken my own children, and they are always excited to glimpse the river Neris.
After about a half-hour, we’ll stumble on a former 13th-century pagan settlement and their burial tombs, which to the unsuspecting eye look like small hillocks.Of course, what would a Jerulita Travel tour be like without a bit of history and heritage thrown in? Lithuania is famous for its old pagan beliefs, which remained strong throughout the centuries of missionaries. Christianized only in the 14th century, it was the last pagan country in all of Europe. Even years after the country’s conversion, villages still maintain paganistic rituals and traditions.
Next, we’ll stop by a picnic table on the banks of the river Neris. Here we’ll have a peaceful break among the trees, enjoy a snack and poke at the remnants of a fireplace. In Lithuania, you can’t make picnics just anywhere – they need to be in certain designated areas.
The path continues through reeds that hug the river. Honestly, wandering through the shallow water, I feel like a fisherman trying to find the perfect spot for river fishing. At this point, you’ll forget that you’re just half-hour from the capital. Note that it’s a bit of a challenge to hike through the reeds, but the closeness to nature and its beauty makes it all worth it.
We’ll climb up hills and steep steps, rewarded by breathtaking panoramic views the river and forests. The higher we go, the more stunning the scene.
The whole Karmazinu Forest trek is about 5 km and it takes about 2 hours roundtrip, longer the more we stop and reflect. You could easily spend all day here, and swim the river, cycle, run the trails, climb the trees, as many activities you can dream up.
I find it a very pleasant way to spend few hours outdoors. The serenity, simplicity and accessibility is peaceful and inviting. Best experienced if you’re staying in Vilnius for more than a day. We’ll be happy to arrange a visit for you.
If you take Vilnius Full day tour and prefer to spend some time in the woods, we can tailor the tour for you including this Forest track without changing the price. Please contact Jerulita Travel for more active adventures in Lithuania and beyond.
Destination Management Company JeruLita operates private tours and groups in cooperation with our partners. We will be glad to accommodate you in a private tour or will direct you to travel expert in your country who will register you to the groups we operate.