Kayaking – Summer Activity in Vilnius

Vilnius is amazing city to spend a couple days or a week during the summer. It is one of the couple capitals in the world which allows hot air balloons above the oldtown. Lithuanian capital also offers many parks, guided tours, adventures, hikes in nature and other activities during summer. Besides that it is also possible to go kayaking directly in Vilnius city center. This activity was probably tried by every lithuanian! Rivers are clean and nature is beautiful! Check out the possible options for kayaking in Vilnius.

Neris River Kayaking in Vilnius – Beginners Option

Kayaking in Vilnius
Kayakers enjoying the view to Gediminas tower.

Neris is the main river in Vilnius. It is the second longest river in Lithuania after Nemunas. Kayaking in Neris river is easy, no prior experience needed. There are different options for those who are interested in kayaking on Neris:

  • Verkiai – White Bridge (1,5-2 hours length). Easy paddling through some nature and the city center.
  • Ožkiniai – White Bridge (2,5-3 hours length). This route is easy kayaking through nature and Vilnius city.
  • Vilnius – Kernavė (2 days). For those who want to have overnight kayaking adventure. Camping spots at Neris regional park are available.
  • Other options are also available. You should contact company operating kayaking tours in Vilnius and tell them what you are interested at.

Kayaking in Vilnius, Neris river Video

Kayaks rental prices for Neris river starts at €10 per person. This price includes kayak, paddle, lifejacket and transportation to starting place. If you are a small group additional fee for transportation might be added.

Vokė Kayaks Rental – Advanced Kayaking

Kayak rental Vokė river
Kayaks resting after tough paddling.

Vokė is another river which is popular among kayakers in Vilnius. It is not exactly in the city, but a short drive away. Kayak rental companies provide transportation from Vilnius center to starting place. They also bring you back to the meeting place after kayaking tour. Vokė river is more interesting, some parts of it have stones, sharp river turns and other obstacles. Book this tour only if you had kayaking experience before! Options for Vokė kayaking:

  • Pagiriai – Grigiškės (5-6 hours). This is a perfect daytrip, bring some snacks and drinks for picnic!
  • Mūrinė Vokė – Grigiškės (2-3 hours). Short trip with a lot of stones and other obstacles. Second part is through Grigiškės town.
  • Other options and lengths are also possible. Check with your kayaking in Vilnius company.

Vokė is a perfect choice for those who want to get out of the city, but don’t want to spend a night somewhere. You will feel the nature and in most of the tour there will be no other people. Price for Vokė kayaking tour starts at €10/person plus transportation fee.

Extreme Kayaking in Vilnius – River Vilnia

Vilnia river extreme kayaking
Extreme Kayaking in Vilnius.

Vilnia river, also known as Vilnelė is the most extreme kayaking option you could find in Vilnius. The best experience is during autumn or spring, when the water level is high enough. During hot summer days it is not recommended to go kayaking there because of low water level. Different options for extreme kayaking in Vilnius:

  • Naujoji Vilnia – White Bridge (~3 hours). Extreme kayaking with sharp river turns, stones, fallen trees and other obstacles.
  • Belmontas – White Bridge (~1,5 hours). Shorter version of the tour for those who don’t have time to experience the whole tour.
  • Kena – White Bridge (2 days). First part of the tour is easy and calm. After it gets more interesting and extreme. Overnight stay at wild camp with a tent is possible.

You have to be really experienced to go for Vilnia kayaking. We have heard some bad stories when people without experience decided to take this trip. Price starts at €12 per person for kayak, paddle, transportation and life jacket.

Which Company to Choose for Kayaking in Vilnius?

There are many companies which offers kayak rental services in Vilnius. I can recommend https://baidaresvilniuje.lt, which is trusted company by locals and foreigners. They have top rankings on tripadvisor and the staff is speaking english. BaidaresVilniuje.lt also have fluent english speaking guides if you are interested in guided tours. You can book the tours by calling +37062739146 or writing to plaukimas@baidaresvilniuje.lt.

Have you done kayaking in Vilnius? Which river did you like the most?


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30 Responses

  1. This looks like a really fun experience. I always wanted to go kayaking. I love most of the outdoor activities so I’ll have to try this sooner or later. Beautiful post

    • Joseph says:

      Hi Alice! Kayaking is a great sport to clean your head from different thoughts and train your upper body. Vilnius ir great spot for your first kayaking experience.

  2. Louise says:

    I’ve never thought of visiting Vilnius until reading this post, looks like a stunning place to go kayaking! Will be defo be checking it out in the future, thanks for sharing.

    • Joseph says:

      It is definitely a great choice for kayaking adventures. Nothing like white water rivers, but great options for beginners. Nature in Vilnius is also very beautiful in summer.

  3. Marc says:

    That was a really interesting and informative blog. I have never been. Would love to visit someday!

  4. Elizabeth says:

    Looks like a gorgeous place to explore via waterways! I think we’d go for the nice calm water tours though and skip the extreme kayaking!!!

  5. Wow, this looks like fun. I would never thought about this way of sightseeing. The views are really great.

    • Joseph says:

      Vilnius is one of the rare places in the world where you could do sighsteeing in the city center from kayak. That is a great experience and fun thing to do while in town!

  6. I’m not a very strong kayaker since I have no upper body strength but these look gorgeous. I don’t really know anything about Vilnius so I’ll have to look it up!

    • Joseph says:

      Do that, Nina! You don’t need much upper body strength, but for sure you will train it while kayaking. For example Neris river is definitely doable even for beginners.

  7. Well described activity of Kayaking. After watching your video, I feel I should also do it some day. 🙂

  8. Informative post. Inclusion of videos is a nice idea.

  9. Richa says:

    I think kayaking in River Neris must be enjoyable given you get to see beavers swimming in and also amazing views of the city, castle lights! Looks like you had an awesome time 🙂

    • Joseph says:

      Where did you find that information about beavers in Neris?? 🙂 It actually might be true! Yes, kayaking in Vilnius is definitely great time 🙂

  10. Vicky says:

    I have never been to Lithuania but it’s on my bucket list to do. Kayaking looks so much fun and being on water is such a good way to see a new place.

  11. Bianca says:

    I havent been to Vilnius yet but always chuckle each time I see the name of the city as it reminds me of the rather interesting tourism board ad they had a while back. This post made me realise just how long its been nice I have kayaked. Will try and add it to the summer activities is summer returns to England this year.

    • Joseph says:

      Do you know which one of the ad was that? About Vilnius is the Europe’s G-Spot? Or some other one? Kayaking is definitely fun thing to do in Vilnius or elsewhere in Europe.

  12. Yukti Agrawal says:

    I have never been to Vilnius, but it looks like worth going place. Kayaking in river Vilnia must be a great thing to do here. Thanks for sharing all tips and which company to choose for.

    • Joseph says:

      Hi Yukti! Vilnius is definitely a place worth a visit. Kayaking in Vilnius is wonderful experience and I definitely recommend it for anyone visiting the capital city of Lithuania.

  13. I’ve never been kayaking or in Vilnius, but I love the idea of combining the two. I like best the Voke river, from your photos, but you mentioned it’s for advanced kayaking skills. If I started kayaking, how long would it take me to gain the experience to go on Voke river?

    • Joseph says:

      It is nothing close to white water kayaking. I think 1-2 times trying to paddle and then it is OK to try Vokė river. Come to Vilnius for sightseeing and kayaking!

  14. I have heard so many good things about the old medieval town of Vilnius in Lithuania that I crave to visit it. I loved the ad where they featured Vilnius as a G-Spot of Europe 🙂 Quite an interesting perspective. Kayaking in Neris River seems like a cool activity. I’d love to indulge in kayaking fun. You seem to have had a great time.

    • Joseph says:

      Yes! The city is wonderful, you must visit it! The ad was wonderful, although it was controversial between some people. Most of the young people loved the ad. Kayaking in Vilnius is wonderful activity as you mostly go through the city and you can go sightseeing from the kayak!

  15. I would love to go kayaking and picture the trip. I am now using DSLR with a special bag, but it gets really clumsy. I may get a small waterproof camera.

    • Joseph says:

      I think GO PRO works very well for this kind of pictures/videos, but not sure about quality stuff. Maybe more serious photographers need something better than that 🙂

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