Podlaskie is one of the most biodiverse regions in Poland. It features 4 national parks, which cover a significant part of the region’s total area. Each of them offers unique qualities and various stunning landscapes.
Wigry National Park
The Wigry National Park is dotted with tens of dazzling post-glacial lakes. The largest and most impressive of them is Wigry – one of Poland’s purest and most beautiful lakes. With its varied shoreline, numerous islands and bays, Lake Wigry provides habitat for many protected animal species, including a wide range of birds and the Park’s symbol – the beaver. Overlooking the lake is the post-Camaldolese Monastery, a place of extraordinarily mystical ambiance.
The Wigry National Park is a paradise for water sports enthusiasts. It offers an array of fun-packed opportunities for sailing on Lake Wigry or kayaking on the Czarna Hańcza, an enticingly wild and diverse river, the longest in the Suwałki District.
Biebrza National Park
Poland’s largest national park, which covers a vast wetland full of marshes and peat bogs. The Biebrza Valley has retained its natural character and provides habitat for a wealth of bird species, including the remarkable ruff, which proudly flutters its wings in the Biebrza National Park’s logo.
Featuring an extensive network of hiking, cycling and kayaking trails, the Park lets you immerse (at times even literally!) in the pristine nature untouched by human hand. When crossing the Park along the Tsar’s Route, be prepared to meet the mighty elk, majestically strutting around the wetlands.
Narew National Park
Located in the very heart of the region, the Narew National Park is often nicknamed “the Polish Amazonia”. One of Europe’s few braided rivers, the Narew features a number of channels and old riverbeds, which create scenic backwater pools.
There are several exciting ways to admire its beauty: in a traditional push boat, once used for fishing and transport, or strolling along the picture-postcard Waniewo-Śliwno footbridge, which stretches over the wetlands.
Białowieża National Park
The unquestionable symbol of the region. The Białowieża National Park is home to the European bison, Europe’s largest land mammal, which has been reintroduced here after over 30 years since its extinction. Today, with several hundred of European bisons freely roaming these lands, the chances of coming across the majestic King of the Forest are quite high.
The Park protects Europe’s only surviving deciduous primeval forest – an ecosystem untouched by human hand. When planning your visit to the Białowieża Forest, be sure to include a guided tour into the strict protection area. You will be left in awe over the sheer number of the shades of green, the vibrant micro cosmos of a moss-covered tree and the monumental majesty of ancient oaks.