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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Remembering the summer time – a trip to the Lapwing Lake

I came across a few pictures, which I took last summer, in September, during a week spent by Polish Baltic sea. In spite of uncertain weather, we went on two long trips to the lakes – The Czajcze Lake (The Lapwing Lake) and The Turkusowe Lake (The Turquoise Lake). I am showing you some photos of the Lapwing Lake in this post. The pictures from the second excursion I will present in the following note.

The green route to the Lapwing Lake starts in Międzyzdroje and leads through the thick woods, the gorgeous beech forests among the others.

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While passing through the village of Warnowo you can admire a beautiful, old orchard, very picturesque especially on a September, rainy day.

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Among the old, fruit species, there grows a huge Thuja plicata tree in the orchard. It is 120 years old and 25 m high.

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From the Warnowo village it is quite close to the Lapwing Lake. Its shores are thickly covered with trees, shrubs and fallen logs, therefore, it’s difficult to reach the water. But, on the other hand, such landscape makes the trip more attractive, particulary because, due to various obstacles, you can easily loose track! 😀

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The beaver’s work!

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The Lapwing Lake is situated amongst the forests of the Woliński National Park. The shoreline has a shape of a crossaint. The Lapwing Lake is the largest of all the Park’s lakes, it is 77,64 ha big and 3 m deep on average.

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In the middle of the lake there lies a small cape, where the green track leads. In the XIX century this cape was an island. After the second world war the ruins of the medieval stronghold were there discovered. Nearby a huge boulder sticks out of the lake. It was transported by a glacier from the areas of today’s Scandinavia 12 000 years ago. People say, that on sunny days otters bask in the sun on its surface – that’s why it is called the Otter Boulder (Wydrzy Głaz).

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At the end of the trip I found a tiny lizard and managed to take a picture of it 🙂

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Weekend on the Pomeranian Bay

I spent the last few days on the Pomeranian Bay, on both Polish and German sides.

I stayed in Międzyzdroje, a popular Polish resort. Though the place is far too crowded and noisy for me, the surroundings are  excellent. Here the beautiful Woliński National Park is situated, with its splendid cliffs, which are not to be found anywhere else on the Polish seaside.

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The flora growing on the cliffs

Hippophaë rhamnoides

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Honckenya peploides

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A new life on a follen beech log

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Hippophaë rhamnoides, Epilobium angustifolium, Achillea sp.

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You can visit vantage points with breathtaking views.

The Kawcza Góra (the Jackdow Hill) vantage point is one of them.

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The panorama of the Pomeranian Bay

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The new-built wooden stairs leading from the Kawcza Góra to the beach

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The view is magnificient and the stairs are well-designed; they perfectly fit in the landscape. I love such designes.

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You can admire even more beautiful view from the Gosań vantage point, located 90 m above the sea level.

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On the beach 🙂

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The Kikut lighthouse, situated on the Kikut hill. It was built in the 1960s and is 18 m high.

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Some fun by the Kikut 😀

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You can sail from Międzyzdroje to the German side of the Pomeranian Bay by ship. It takes about one hour to get to one of three German resorts – Ahlbeck, Herringsdorf and Bansin. We visited Herringsdorf and saw its main promenade with greatly-designed and well-kept buildings and greenery.

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