WINTER

In the land of Bisons, Elks and Birds from the North

During this trip you will see wild bisons, elks and rare birds in their natural environment.

28.12.2018 – 04.01.2019
15.02.2019 – 22.02.2019

680 Euro
105 Euro

Day 1

We meet together in Bialystok (for additional price we can meet up in Warsaw and transport you to the final destination) and travel to the Bialowieza Forest where you will stay for a couple of days. After diner we go on a trip to see different natural environments and forests present in the Bialowieza Forest. You will have a chance to see different types of birds – woodpeckers, including, Three-toed Woodpecker, White-backed Woodpecker as well as Hawfinches, Siskins, tits. We will look for trails of deers, elks and wolves. Also, first encounters of bisons are expected on day one.

Day 2

Today we have an eight kilometers walk through the fabulous Bialowieza National Park in the natural protection zone where you can see an untouched primeval forest as it was thousands years ago. The trail goes through 250 years-old oak – hornbeam – tilia forest stands. You will learn how to distinguish different types of trees which is not easy as trees at this time of year do not have leaves. We will come across many trails of deers, wild boars and if you get lucky, wolves and lynxes.

Day 3

Early in the morning we set off to a neighboring forest where around seven hundred bisons live. The forest is a part of the Bialowieza Forest but not the National Park. Here, we will look for bisons and you will have a great opportunity to take photos at a very close distance, down to twenty meters. As an interesting fact it is worth mentioning that in winter 2005 some parts of Chronicles of Narnia were directed in this area so if you had a chance to see this movie you know what kind of thrilling landscapes to expect. In the evening we will go on a forest trip to watch the smallest owl of Europe – Eurasian Pygmy Owl.

Day 4

We spend some time in the forest where we try to find skittish Hazel Grouse and later, we move on to fields and meadows where Grey Partridge, Snow Bunting, Horned Lark and Bohemian Waxwing live. This is our last encounter with the Bialowieza Forest as tomorrow we leave it and set off to the valley of Biebrza and Narew, the biggest national park in Poland (sixty thousand hectares).

Day 5

On the way, we travel through one of the least inhabited places in Poland with only fifty inhabitants per square meter. You will have a chance to observe marvelous landscapes made of meadows, fields and quaint wooden villages typical only for this region in Poland. An unforgettable opportunity to see a true mosaic of cultures that make up this region with influences of Belorussian, Polish and Ukrainian cultures visible on every step. After we reach our destination we go to meet the king of the marshes – an elk.

Day 6

Today we go around the Southern Part of Biebrza National Park to once again meet elks as well as a few waxwings and Rough-legged Buzzard. What is very distinguishable for this day is the fact that the trial goes through riparian and alder forests stands which are frozen and accessible only during the winter.

Day 7

A trip along Biebrza and Narew rivers is a good time and place to watch beavers and wydry. In such habitats you can also come across White-tailed Eagle, Rough-legged Buzzard , Snow Bunting, Twite.

Day 8

Before we leave, if we have enough time, we have one more walk around the neighbourhood to see for the last time picturesque landscapes and wildlife of Northern Poland. This is our farawell to the land of Bisons, Elks and Birds from the North.


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