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Discovering the Wigry National Park, Poland

Achilleas and Luna began their exploration of Poland in Wigry National Park, a paradise for those who love outdoor adventures and wild nature.

Part lake district and part primeval forest, the landscape was shaped 12,000 years ago by a glacier. It is famous above all for its numerous interconnected lakes, in particular for the S-shaped Wigry lake,  one of Poland’s largest and deepest, dotted with several islands. It is crossed by the wild Czarna Hańcza River, and together they form a popular kayaking route.


Luna and Achilleas went on a tour of three small forest lakes with their guide Paulina, and to get a better look at the Wigry Lake, they hopped on a glass-bottom boat. It was strange to see all that was going on under the water! 

Paulina pointed out the freshwater sponges living on the bottom of the shallow parts of lake. The species there is quite rare, and any presence of freshwater sponges in a lake is a sure sign that it is super clean!

The Park offers plenty of chances for admiring the beauties of nature and for spotting wildlife: It is designated as a wetland of international importance and listed among the world’s most valuable inland waters. It is in fact an important link in the network of nature conservation across Poland, Europe and the world. Together with the vast Augustów Primeval Forest, it is also part of the European Natura 2000 network.

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