Dzukija National Park

Dzukija National Park Lithuania


Dzukija

Dzukija  is the name of Southern Lithuania.It’s a famous  region for lakes, sandy rivers and park-like forests full of berries and mushrooms.

For a long time locals have been known as modest and friendly  people that live in a land of beautiful nature. The lifestyle is simple here:women pick herbs, berries and mushrooms,men cut trees and hunt.

Not much food can grow in these sandy grounds of Dzukija land.The only buckwheat can survive in these soils. For this reason the meals cooked by locals are different than usual potato dishes especially liked  by Lithuanians. Dzukija people make very special buckwheat dishes in combination with the  nature goodies.There is even an old Lithuanian proverb which says that local women  would go naked if not mushrooms and berries.

 

Cepkeliai reserve.Natural monuments of Lithuania

Cepkeliai reserve is the largest high-marsh in the country. It has some little relict lakes, islands, remains of continental dunes, taiga ype woods, amazing diversity of fauna and flora, some natural monuments.The swamp extends for 5.9 hectares. There are about eighty islands and islets in it. The largest populations of Lithuanian capercailzie, cranes, great snipe, owls live in the reserve of 11, 2 hectares. Here you can meet even black cocks and black storks! This is one of those few places where you can find wolves and lynx, and many moose that feed here during the winter time.

Cepkeliai natural reserve is protected by Lithuanian goverment. Therefore human activities are particularly restricted here. The only exception is for the residents of the neighbouring villages.They are allowed to pick cranberries once a year.And no wonder-these people have been doing this since the Mesolithic era! This Lithanian natural monument is only 7 – 8 kilometres away from Dzukijos uoga resort house.

Cepkeliai natural reserve is situated in Dzukija National Park, Lithuania.It has several tourist trails with wonderful viewpoints.

All nature lovers can come here only supervised by reserve guides . Wildlife has thousands of colours… the moonlight bewitches by plenty of sounds… if you want to experience all of this, we are here for you!

Ethnographic Lithuanian villages of Dzukija National park

The turns of history helped  Dzukija land to save authentic timbered villages and untouched  nature.

Virsurodukis is one of these villages where you can find our family holiday house Dzukijos uoga.There are only three permanent residents in this village.Virsurodukis comes to live only during the summer, when the weather is nice and warm, espetially during  mushrooms and berries  season.A marked bike trail  runs through our homestead.It’s one of thirteen bike trails  leading through the most picturesque  places of Dzukija National Park.

You can find Dubninkas village situated three kilometres  away from Viršurodukis.

In Puvočiai you can explore the trace of people who lived here even during the Stone Age. There are many old wooden houses with traditional decorations in Dzukija- land style. The closest reflection of civilization in Puvočiai is the only grocery store with a lot of goods that  on several shelves.

Marcinkonys is the largest village in DzukijaNational Park.It was first mentioned in the written sources in 1637. The village welcomes you with a wooden Simon and Jude Thaddeus church  built in the 19th century. In Marcinkonys you will find Cepkeliai natural reserve museum, Aklaezeris Lake, continental “Rooster” dune.“Zackagiris” and “Girinis” tour paths along  Gruda river.

Zervynos is one of the oldest and most protected ethnographic villages with the wooden houses and  thatched roofs.It’s situated along beautiful Ula river. Zervynos are also known for it’s wooden Dzukija-style crosses. Here starts major Ula river canoeing route.  You can find forest surrounded  “Išrūginis “and “Mekšrinis” lakes with small sandy beaches nearby.

Musteika is also the architectural monument of Dzukija National Park . It’s famous for Beekeeping museum and beekeeping educational programm. Here you can also  find an old beekeeping path with a lot of  hollow- beekeeping  signs.

Margionys village still follows  some  unique pagan tradition.During the All Saints Day and eight evenings after local people gather by the hollow pine tree in the village’s cemetery putting-up a bone fire, praying, talking and remembering the dead. In Margionys you will also find Lithuanian barn theatre that was established in 1920.

Rivers of Dzukijos National park

Merkys river. The slow current of Merkys is perfect for  family canoeing and camping lovers.We can offer you a 1 – 2 days canoe route during which you will enjoy beautiful shores, singing of birds, untouched nature and ethnographic villages of Dzukija National Park.Merkys joints  bigest Lithuanian river Nemunas in Merkinė town which is 12 km away from our vacation rentals

Ula is one of the most beautiful rivers in Lithuania. Surrounded by pinewoods  it’s famous for the  sandy shores, vivid views  and the lively current so loved by canoeing enthusiasts.  It’s one of the most spectacular Lithuanian rivers. Ula is perfect for adults or families that like water tourism.

Ula eye hydrological monument is a beautiful eye-shape spring  close to Ula river,on the left bank between Mančiagirė and Žiūrai villages.  You can reach this place by car, by bike or by canoe. There are many scary stories created about Ula eye. However, you shouldn’t believe all of them-it is just a heritage of our folklore.

Gruda is a winding stream with many bridges and barrages. When the water is high canoeing on Gruda Could be very attractive and full of adventures. The most impressive part of the route is just before the confluence with Merkys. The scenery and nature will fascinate you  during the whole road.

Lakes of Dzukija National park

Dzukija National Park has 48 lakes. Some of them have sandy shores and small forest beaches inviting you to take a bath, the others lies  in remote areas,  environed by a wonderful nature and spectacular views. Due to their remoteness these lakes are rich of legends and stories.

Villa Dzukijos uoga is only a few kilometres away from Trikampis lake (Triangle lake). Wanderers are very rare here. If you would even see anyone- it’s most likely a nature lover looking for new shots for his camera. People say that there are a few post-war planes that sank in the lake.

Bakanauskai tiny swamp with a little lake is also a quite interesting site with a spectacular view. You can reach the lake following  Skroblus  marked trail.

 

Dzukijos Uoga-your  family holiday villa in the nature of Dzukija National Park by Druskininkai