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Rafting down the Dunajec this is the biggest attraction Pieniny and takes place on canoes made of boards connected in stable rafts.
Pieniny gorge of the Dunajec - the gorge of the Dunajec River through Pieniny appropriate, about 8 km long, on the route between Sromowce Niżne, in Szczawnica.
The river forms numerous bends on this section, and the rock walls, built of Pieniny limestone, are even 300 meters high.
The oldest representation of rafting on the Dunajec river dates back to the 16th century and is located on the polychrome in an old church in Krościenko.
In the first half of the 19th century, a tree obtained in the mountains was floated on the Dunajec and Along the Vistula to Gdańsk.
In the mid-nineteenth century rafting down the Dunajec became a tourist attraction.
Day and night trips were organized for patients visiting Szczawnica, as well as for guests locks in Niedzica and Czorsztyn.
In time Rafting on the Dunajec rafters they lead the raft and tell stories about the Pieniny and passing places, and tourists admire the nature and mountain peaks located on both sides of the river (Three Crowns, Sokolica).
Dunajec in some places of rafting becomes a border river between Poland and Slovakia.
Currently, rafting down the Dunajec begins in Sromowce Wyżne - Kąty or at the marina in Sromowce Niżne. Tickets can be purchased at the ticket offices of both marinas.
Rafting down the Dunajec river to Szczawnica takes around 2,5 hours, and to Krościenko around 2 hours. 45 min.
The length of the trip to Szczawnica is 15 km, and to Krościenko 18 km.
Rafting on the Dunajec is also organized by Slovak rafters.
Polish Association of Pieniński Rafters on the river Dunajec in Sromowce Niżne was created in the year 1934. It unites Pieniny rafters and organizes rafting on the Dunajec River gorge on the Polish side of the border.
Rafters wear a regional costume and a metal rafting badge.
The rafting season lasts from April 1 to October 31.
Rafting on the Dunajec river takes place every day, except on the first day of Easter and Corpus Christi.
For organized groups, the fee is agreed each time at the Dunajec rafting station.
-Boats depart after the minimum condition, i.e. 11 people. In the case of fewer people, it is possible to sail the boat, but after paying for 11 tickets for adults
-When the water level is elevated (above 240 cm on the water gauge Sromowce-Kąty) the discounts do not apply
-Return to the car park to the starting harbor is at an additional cost. Tickets can be bought at the ticket office.
- People who want to sail together on one boat should purchase tickets at one ticket office.
Ticket office opening hours:
May - August: 8.30-17.00
Ticket sales are ongoing and do not require prior reservation.
There is a possibility of purchase online ticket. With this ticket, go to the ticket office to assign people to a specific boat.
At the marina, parking lots, toilets, restaurants and souvenir kiosks have been prepared for guests.
It is possible to rent a kapok and buy a souvenir photo of the Dunajec rafting at the price of PLN 10 / item.
presented map shows rafting down the Dunajec river on the Sromowce Wyżne - Szczawnica route
camera allows you to check the volume of tourist traffic in Szczawnica and to take commemorative photos on the Dunajec rafting route.
- river difficulty - WW1-2 (easy)
Canoeing on the Dunajec River is safe. This river does not require prior conditioning and experience in swimming on mountain rivers.
1. The route along the Dunajec from Niedzica to Szczawnica
- length: 20 km
- average trip time: 3 - 3,5 hours
2. The route along the Dunajec from Szczawnica to Wietrznice
- length: 19 km
- rafting time: around 3 hours
Canoeing trips on the Dunajec are organized for:
- families with children
- company employees
- participants of stag or hen parties
Rafting on the Dunajec canoe - equipment:
pneumatic kayaks, stable, recommended for people without experience in kayaking or afraid of tipping
polyethylene kayaks, fast, less stable, recommended for people with experience in kayaking
- for organized groups
- various accommodation options: camping, dorm rooms, 2-3 apartments with bathrooms
- professional equipment
Rafting on the Dunajec on special, certified pontoons, where teamwork of all participants guarantees an unforgettable experience.
Rafting on the Dunajec pontoon it is recommended for tourists who like to spend their free time actively and going to Pieniny, Zakopane and Szczawnica.
The level of advancement and route along the Dunajec pontoon is adjusted to the group's skill level and is carried out in the company of experienced instructors.
It is an ideal proposition for families, couples and groups of friends of all ages.
Rafting on the Dunajec pontoon is organized from April to October.
RUNNING TIME: 2 h.
BUS BACK: 1 / 2 h
BACK BIKE: 1 h (rented on 2h)
GODZINY WYPŁYNIĘCIA:11:00,14:30, 17:00.
MINIMUM NUMBER OF PEOPLE: 2.
DIFFICULT LEVEL: easy.
For participants of the rafting on the Dunajec pontoon:
-place in a pontoon (WATS and ROB-FIN)
- 6 or 8 passenger boats
- helmets, paddles, vests
- helmsman care (WOPR rescuer)
- sightseeing information about the Pieniny, the Dunajec river and passing attractions
- entry to the Pieniński National Park
- hermetic packaging for electronics
-parking at the starting marina where you can leave your car
- changing room after rafting
- neoprene foams
Rafting on the Dunajec river in a pontoon is excellent and safe fun for children. There is an instructor on every pontoon with children. Each child receives a lifejacket and helmet, and holds his legs in a foot strap (i.e. belts protecting against falling out of the pontoon). Children under 4 are sitting inside the pontoon, on special pontoon chambers.
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