The Ukta-Nowy Most route is 9 km long and you need 2–3 hours to complete it. It’s a typical river section.
Once you leave Ukta behind, the Krutynia River changes. The riverbed narrows slightly, and often gets even more narrow due to fallen trees. However, even novice kayakers don’t find it difficult as all obstacles can easily be avoided without having to get off the kayak. There are alders, aspens, rowans and birches growing on the banks. This is really important during a hot summer as the trees create a tunnel over your heads to protect you from the heat. The Masuria region offers alamedas not only on the roads. There definitely is a reason why Krutynia is called a river under a canopy.
Having passed Ukta, you go along the ruins of a railway bridge destroyed during World War II, and then on the right bank there’s PTTK Ukta. On the left one you’ll see the last lonely farm which means you enter the “Dolna Krutynia” reserve. The river meanders strongly there and is 30 meter wide and 2–7 metre deep. The Krutynia Dolna reserve protects this section of the river together with the surrounding forests and Lakes Gardyńskie, Malinówka and Dłużec. We recommend taking a walk and search for rare plants, such as orchids, insectivorous sundews, European fills, common eagles, martagon lilies or pasque-flowers. An interesting fact is the occurrence of Greek valerian - the glacial relic, i.e. a remnant from the glacial period. It is also called the Jacob's ladder due to the high inflorescences covered with blue bells of flowers.
Going down the river you’ll see that the trees grow further from the banks. They gave their way to dense water vegetation. Real green carpets. You can also see many rare species of birds: white-tailed eagle, osprey, common crane, eagle owl, kingfisher, corncrake. Though the river is deep, the water is clear so you can observe underwater fauna and flora.
The bends are numerous, though quite wide, and guide you to the village of Nowy Most. The trip ends behind the bridge on the right bank. In the Nowy Most river hostel you can have a meal.
Having reached Nowy Most, you’ll be taken back to Krutyń to the As-Tour parking lot.
Price 40 zł/kayak, 50 zł/canoe.
Note: everybody, who wants to take part in the kayak trip down the Krutynia river (sections Ukta–Nowy Most and Ukta–Iznota) are welcome to our base in Ukta (by the river, opposite the church; enter directly from the Mrągowo–Pisz route).