The longest part of Green Velo Trail runs in the Podlaskie Voivodeship – it is almost 600 km. The trail starts at the border of three countries at the northern edge of the region, leads through the Suwałki region, the Augustów Primeval Forest, the Biebrza National Park (from where a branch of the trail to Łomża leaves), Białystok, the Knyszyńska and the Białowieża Primeval Forests.
1/3 of the area of Podlaskie Voivodeship is covered by primeval forests. There are as many as four national parks: Biebrzański, Białowieski, Narwiański and Wigierski. The Białowieża Forest is the only preserved primeval forest in the whole Europe. The Biebrza National Park, the largest Polish park, is home to 1/3 of the Polish elk population. Located in the heart of the Narew National Park region, it is called the “Polish Amazon”. The Narew River, which flows through numerous channels and connects with old riverbeds, creates vast, scenic floodplains. Among dozens of picturesque post-glacial lakes scattered throughout the Park, the Wigry Lake – one of the largest, cleanest and most beautiful lakes in Poland – reigns. The winding coastline, numerous islands and bays, are the habitat of many endangered bird and animal species, including the symbol of the Park – the Beaver. However, the undisputed king of the region is the European bison – these areas are inhabited by over half of the Polish population of these animals.
Podlaskie is the most ethnically and culturally diverse voivodeship. Apart from Catholics, the most numerous Orthodox community in Poland lives here. In Kruszyniany, inhabited by Polish Tatars, there is the oldest mosque in Poland. Traces of the region’s multicultural history can be seen in the local customs, art and architecture. The cultural richness of the borderland was created by the Jewish communities and Lithuanian and Belarusian minorities living here in the past.
|Distance:||517 km||Surface:||asphalt, sands, forest paths, unpaved paths|
|Ascent:||6 750 m||Bicycle:||MTB/touring bike|
|Descent:||6 850 m||Difficulty level:||easy/medium|
|Start point:||Wisztyniec||Finish point:||Niemirów|
|Website:||greenvelo.pl||Signage:||See the trail sign (link)|
Atrakcje na szlaku:
Suwałki Landscape Park | Hańcza Lake | Suwałki | Wigry Museum in Stary Folwark | Camaldolese Monastery in Wigry | Wigry Lake | Wigry National Park | Augustów Primeval Forest | Augustów | Sajno Lake | Augustów Canal | Monastery of the Annunciation in Supraśl | Knyszyn Forest | Goniądz | Osowiec Fortress | Biebrza River | Tykocin Castle | Narew River | Białowieża | Białowieża Forest | European bison | Hajnówka | Wisztyniec | Białystok | Biebrza National Park