A story from our five-day cruise on the cruise around Żuławy in northern Poland (Żuławy Loop or Żulawy ring). The Żuławy Loop is a very attractive waterway along the canals and rivers: Szkarpawa, Nogat, Wisła (Vistula). During a motor yacht cruise, you can visit cities such as Elbląg, Malbork, Tczew and, in the longer option, also Gdańsk. During these few days we sailed over 200 kilometers, with an average speed of about 10 km / h, it is only 4-5 hours of cruise per day - the rest of the time is for sightseeing and relaxation.
Our houseboat Vistula Cruiser in the marina in Rybina. Here we get on board and sail east towards Elbląg. We will also reach this place at the end of the cruise.
Every time I am in Żuławy, the flatness of the landscape amazes me.
From Rybina, we sailed eastwards along the Szkarpawa towards the Vistula Lagoon.
Szkarpawa is a river that practically does not flow. By sailing on it, you can immerse yourself in nature.
If there is a nice route and a good crew, these few days on the river are a great way to spend your vacation! You are sailing on a yacht and you will admire the world from a different perspective - from the water.
There is a small yacht marina in the center of Elbląg, between drawbridges, from the side of the old town. You can moor there for free and there is also a possibility of electricity.
If you are nature lovers, I recommend a cruise on Lake Drużno - this place is very impressive. From there, you can continue on the Elbląg Canal to Ostróda and Iława or return to Elbląg.
Last time, we went on a Elbląg Canal on a cruise ship - this time a houseboat - I recommend both trips!
And we go... uphill... on the grass... and without electricity... so many years and it works...
We got to the Nogat from Elblag through the Jagiellonian Canal. We sailed the Żuławy Loop at the beginning of September and the weather was changeable. There was rain, fog, but most days it was warm and sunny with very interesting clouds in the sky.
The clouds in the sky are constantly changing - a completely different view every hour. It is probably the proximity of the sea that contributes to such changeable weather in this area. The river cruise is very interesting - still new landscapes and you never know what will be behind the next bend.
You have to go through several locks by boat during the cruise on the Żuławy Loop.
We reached Malbork a few hours after leaving Elblag. I recommend a very nice marina in Malbork "U Flisaka". It is a small pier, but perfectly situated right next to the footbridge over the Nogat with a beautiful view of the castle. If you look closely, you will see moored yachts on the right side of the photo. See more photos from Malbork.
A night photo of the castle in Malbork taken from the U Flisaka marina. I took this photo without a tripod with a camera with matrix stabilization - time: 1 second, aperture: 4.0, ISO: 1600 - these mirrorless cameras are amazing!
Is Malbork the largest castle in the world? I don't know that, but I know it's really huge. During the cruise on the Żuławy Loop, you can visit this amazing medieval fortress or fly a drone and take some photos ... but beware there is a military airport here and you have to ask for permission.
This houseboat can be sailed without a license - training in the operation of the boat is provided before departure.
There is a lock separating the Vistula and the Nogat in Biała Góra. There is also a modern and quite large marina. We sailed through this lock to the Vistula River.
Almost 300 meters wide ... The Vistula is impressive - it's a huge river.
Sailing on the Vistula, you have to pay attention to the signs on the shore, especially when the water level is low. Someone wasn't paying attention and ran aground. We had the opportunity to participate in hauling this boat out - a very interesting experience.
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