Today many of us have quite a “physically inactive” way of life. We sit during the workday, leaning towards our computers and other smart devices, children get all kinds of substitutes to the active way of life in a digital world. At the same time active way of spending a holiday became a kind of a natural way we do it, as we definitely lack it in our daily life.
What do we do in order to have fun in Lithuania? There are many National Parks – which are actually natural forests with rivers, lakes and sometimes little hills. The topography of the area is very flat, so even a little hill is a kind of an attraction. At the same time this allows us relatively easy forest trekking, cycling and kayaking.
One of the major rivers in Lithuania is Neris, which starts in Belarus, crosses Lithuania and tributes to the bigger river Neman in Kaunas. There are many national parks and nature resorts by this river.
One of such places is “Karamzinu forest treck” located just half an hour drive from Vilnius.
You leave the city and within a short drive you come to a rural area of small villages and single house farms. Next to a little farm you leave the main road to a parking in the forest. You leave your car next to a stand with an area map and here the journey begins.
Going down the hill the path becomes narrower. It takes you down and you realize that you do not want to go back the same way, the forest beckons you to see what is down the path. After crossing some little combs, using pulled down trees my children became very excited to see the river. We were surrounded by the virgin forest of pine trees and big oaks.
In about half an hour walk we have reached the former pagan settlement and their burials – little hills of perfect round shape. Lithuania is famous for being the last pagan country in Europe. Actually, years after baptizing there were numerous pagan villages and settlements in different parts of Lithuania. This settlement goes back to 13th century.
Next stop was by a picnic table just next to the water. There was a fireplace, a table with benches to have a nice break with picturesque scenery of the river Neris. You cannot make picnics everywhere you want, only is certain designated areas, and frankly speaking most of the people follow this regulation.
Then the path takes you through reeds by the river and you feel like a fisherman trying to find a perfect spot for river fishing. At this point you absolutely forget that you are just half an hour outside the big city. It is a bit of struggle to forest treck through the reeds, but it gives you a unity with nature and disconnects you from a modern world.
The path leads you through the ups and downs and suddenly you see the steep steps up the hill and there is no alternative way to go. You start claiming the steps and every ten meters of elevation unveils you a beautiful panoramic view of th
e river and forests. The higher you go the more breath taking is the view you get.
The whole Karamzinu forest trek is about 5 km and it takes about 2 hours to make it, not considering longer stops and dreaming time. You can add swimming in a river, climbing the trees, running, cycling and any other outdoor sports and family ga
mes when you are there. I find it as a very nice way to spend few hours outdoors. It is nice and inviting by its simplicity and approachability. You can easily plan doing it if you stay in Vilnius for more than a day.
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.
Destination Management Company JeruLita operates individual private tours as well as small and medium size 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.