Remembering the summer time – a trip to the Turquoise Lake

Today I will tell you about a trip to the Turquoise Lake and the Zielonka Hill in the Woliński National Park, near Międzyzdroje, by the Polish Baltic Sea.

To get to the beautiful Turquoise Lake you take a blue track starting in Międzyzdroje. This is the hardest route among all in the Woliński National Park, but I liked it best, because of its landscape diversity. The whole track, from Międzyzdroje to the Lake and back, is about 20 kms long (like the other, which I described  HERE).

Some parts of this route lead through the exquisite beech woods, which I found extraoridinary diversified, in terms of their surface shape. All the time you come across little hillocks, ravines and gorges, forest clearings – therefore it is not possible to get bored about the track 🙂

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The Zielonka Hill. From here you can admire a gorgeous view on the Świna River Reverse Delta, the pictures of which I’m showing a little bit lower 😀

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The Turquoise Lake is the remnant of the opencast chalk mine, which existed in the Wapnica Village in the 50s of the XX century. With its sapphire water it is one of the most beautiful lakes of the Woliński National Park. This colour of the lake is the effect of sun rays reflecting in the waters rich in calcium compounds.

It is located amongst the wooded Lubińsko-Wapnickie hills. It is 6,74 ha big and 21,2 m deep.ImageImageImageImage

The blue track leads further to The Zielonka Hill, from which you can admire the panorama of the Szczeciński Bay and the flood plains of the Świna River Reverse Delta. The view has been chosen by the NFI (Naturfreunde International) as the “View of the year 1993/94”! 🙂

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The Świna River Reverse Delta flood plains consist of more or less 40 islands and channels, where the water flow direction continuously changes. This water and mud complex came into being about 6 000 years ago and its origin is connected with the Baltc Sea storm rises. Due to the storms and strong winds the Świna River’s waters moved back and the reverse river delta was formed. During this phenomenon the sea waters are poured into the Szczeciński Bay, and thus the islands are being flooded. These conditions determine flora in the area – the plants growing here are adapted to salty soils and you can find some rare and endangered species, like sea aster, pinnated plantain, great fen-sedge and sea milkwort. The flood plains are also birds’ paradise, the habitat of the international importance.

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