Kayaking holidays

Kayaking down the Serena river - Kaluga region: description

We are going to the South, to the Kaluga region, where the weather is always better than in Moscow, and the water in the rivers is clearer, where the grass turns green earlier, and the birds sing more melodiously and louder. Here, through the most beautiful forests, some of the most picturesque rivers of the regions closest to us carry their waters to the Oka, along one of which we will lay our route.

Daily program


On Thursday at 20:00 we meet with the instructors at the Rumyantsevo metro station, and we go by a custom bus to the village. ikolskoe. We will be late at the site, so we try to set up camp and cook dinner as soon as possible. Well-fed, having enjoyed tea by the fire, we go to bed. There are interesting and very busy days ahead.


Acquaintance with the Serena River begins at a picturesque parking lot, which is located near the village of Nikolskoye and the village of Serena, next to which the remains of earthen fortifications of the 12th century were discovered. Those who wish can climb the fortifications, from where an amazing panoramic view of the area opens.

We set up the camp, inflate the kayaks, have breakfast, listen to safety instructions and set off on our exciting journey.

At first, Serena is quite calm, but then she makes several loops, rolls begin, sharp turns with a strong current, the situation is constantly changing and requires concentration and basic kayak control skills.

After crossing the railway bridge, Serena is divided into two channels, forming a picturesque island washed by stormy rifts. Having merged into a single channel, the course of the river remains relatively calm for almost 20 km.

In front of the village of Ilyinskoe, the river winds strongly, forming a seemingly compressed spring, here we stop and go up to the observation deck to the Ilyinsky church, from where a beautiful view of the valley of the Serena river opens.

Extreme vacation in Moscow and Moscow region 2020

Kayaking is a very exciting and popular activity today. These small nimble boats allow you to penetrate into the most inaccessible places of reservoirs while fishing, enjoy the passage of fast rivers and sailing, go rafting and rowing slalom, go hiking along interesting routes. The kayaks are lightweight, they can be carried over land by hand, disassembled and delivered to the shore even by public transport, stored somewhere in an apartment or a car garage. In short, these boats have many advantages, so many water travel enthusiasts prefer them.

However, these trips on such water vessels require observance of certain rules, ignorance of which can turn into not only a spoiled mood, but also a drama. What are these rules? Let's start with preparation.

How to prepare for a kayak trip

Preparing for a kayak trip begins with planning a route, gathering a group and an approximate calculation of the travel time. In addition, you should calculate the total cost of the trip and add to it the possible additional costs. The route is chosen with a reference to the purpose of the journey - a pleasant walk on calm water, a long-distance expedition with halts, extreme sports, racing, fishing, and so on. At the same time, it is necessary to try to identify all the obstacles that may be encountered on the way and determine who will be in charge (play the role of the captain) in the journey.

All life jackets, skirts, aprons and the kayaks themselves must be carefully checked for leaks prior to departure. Experts recommend to roll over in a kayak on the water a couple of times. It is useful both for beginners, to understand what such a coup means, and for experienced kayakers, to get a feel for the boat.

Important: before such trips, all members of the group need to be vaccinated against encephalitis, learn to provide first aid to drowning people and master the technique of boarding and disembarking from a kayak. This will help maintain health and sometimes life.

Before launching the kayak into the water, it is advisable to strengthen its frame on the slipway. This will make the boat easier to handle and increase stability on rapids and when hitting obstacles. The body is reinforced mainly in the longitudinal plane. In wireframes, this can be done with small pegs and slingshots. The casing should be well glued, especially in the area of ​​the keelson and the two stringers near it. Experienced kayakers advise to fix the foam from the tourist mat in the places of contact between the shell and the frame so that it does not slip.

And finally, before sailing, you need to immediately assemble a repair kit. It must necessarily include solid strips of patches, sandpaper, glue, thinner or gasoline, wire, drill, various parts, heating devices (for plastic models), pliers. If you have a long journey, you need to take with you axes, hammers, saws and, of course, tents. And then distribute all the cargo to the boats and crew members, not forgetting about food, matches, flashlights and medicines.

Putting together your rest bag

To lighten the weight of luggage, on long trips, you can take with you only cereals, fruits, sugar, tea and convenience foods at the rate of 500 grams per day per person. But such portions will appeal to only those who intend to remove extra pounds or are used to limiting themselves in food. Everyone else wants to get the most out of travel, which also applies to food. In addition, if swimming for many days, the rowers weaken from malnutrition, their endurance decreases, the risk of getting sick increases, and this negatively affects both the forward movement and the general situation. Therefore, it is better to take as many products as you can bring to the reservoir. They should be chosen based on the possibility of adequate nutrition for all team members. If there are shops along the route, you can first take as many products as is enough for the first of them. In this case, you should not count on fishing or picking mushrooms - their results are unpredictable.

Of course, you should not take fresh meat, boiled sausage and other perishable food with you on your trip. It is better to buy stewed meat, canned fish, hard smoked sausage, processed cheese, pasta, onions, garlic, freeze-dried food in the amount designed for three meals a day for the whole team. And to all this, do not forget to add first aid kits with a standard set of drugs for the treatment of injuries, colds, intestinal and other diseases.

If you dream of an active vacation this summer, the best way to have a good weekend is to go to the Moscow region for an extreme vacation or

We are all used to a large navigable and, let's not be honest, not a very clean river, which bears the proud name of Moscow. But it is not everywhere like that, before meeting the city of the same name, it is narrow, sometimes even shallow, with clear water, many springs, sandy beaches and forest landscapes on the banks. We will go there, breaking stereotypes.

Daily program

Day Friday

We meet in the evening after work at 18:45 at the Belorussky railway station and take a train to Mozhaisk. In Mozhaisk we take transport and drive off 6.5 km towards the river. Here we will walk about 700 meters on foot, so do not put away your lanterns and waterproof shoes (in case of rain). We set up camp, have dinner, get to know each other and go to bed

Day Saturday (km)

Wake up at 9 am, fresh air and an atmosphere of great relaxation drive us to get down on the water as soon as possible. While breakfast is being prepared, we set up the camp, prepare the kayaks and listen to the instructions, lower the kayaks into the water.

Today we are waiting for a 12 km route along the river, we will try to move as one general group to communicate and have fun. If the weather permits, on the way we will stop at a sandy beach for swimming, and by lunchtime we will moor at a clearing, where we will set up a camp, flood a hiking bath and have a rest. We will spend the evening by the fire, as usual in a wonderful company, and have an excellent supper.

Day Sunday (km)

Today the day is expected to be no less eventful, so we have a hearty breakfast, set up camp and "go down to the water." We are waiting for another 14 kilometers along the river, picturesque landscapes, several tributaries, springs and sandy beaches. We will finish in the area of ​​the village. Staraya Ruza, under the autobridge. While lunch is being prepared, we will dry and collect the kayaks, load the public equipment into the car, and, having refreshed ourselves, we will go on a bus to Tuchkovo, from where the train will rush us, filled with new impressions and acquaintances, to Moscow.

Equipment list:

What to sleep in: - Sleeping bag; - Foam or other tourist rug; - Tent (if you don't have your own, let us know in advance);

What to rafting: - Wind and moisture-proof quick-drying pants (thermal underwear is possible under them); - Shoes that are 90% likely to be wet: neoprene or diving boots, sandals or sneakers with warm socks, crocs; - Thermal underwear or jacket (fleece); - Waterproof windbreaker, or windbreaker + raincoat; - Gloves (will be wet, so not for everybody); - Headwear (bandana, buff, cap), sunscreen, sunglasses - according to the weather and wishes. - To protect documents and things from moisture, in addition to the sealed packaging that will be issued, you can use small sealed packaging and garbage or other sealed bags taken with you;

Kayaking on the Uksunjoki River is suitable for those who want to get the most out of the river in a short time.

The complexity of the rapids on the route is increasing, which makes it possible to perfectly roll out in front of the main difficult obstacles.

The rapids on the Uksa are mostly local, with waterfall sinks. We go through them after viewing, discussing the trajectory with instructors and setting insurance.

Our experienced instructors provide insurance all the way, teach and explain the structure of water obstacles and tactics for passing them.

Our rafting takes place at the beginning of June, when the main flood has already subsided, and the water will be much less and the rapids are safer than on the May holidays. At this time, obstacles become very interesting for kayaks and give a lot of impressions and adrenaline!

Rafting takes place on 2-seater inflatable waterfly kayaks. Participants go on them independently under the guidance of instructors, who show the correct and safe path on instructor ships and carry out insurance in the rapids. The instructor at the beginning of the rafting teaches the team the necessary skills, which are improved during the rafting. Therefore, people without hiking experience can take part in the rafting. At least 2 instructors accompany the group.

Rafting on kayaks is more interesting and difficult than on catamarans and requires better preparation of personal equipment, attention and skill on the route! It is recommended to have rafting experience on any type of vessel on rapids.

Group size from 6 to 19 participants. The group is accompanied by 3-4 instructors.

The weather in Karelia is not much different from the weather in St. Petersburg and Moscow. It can be different, in July and August, on average, there is dry hot weather, with a temperature of 20-30 degrees.

Mosquitoes and midges are present, but there are usually few of them, their number depends on the weather and season.

We live on the route in tents, we cook food on the fire with the help of the attendants

Daily program


Imandra is translated from Sami means "a body of water with a rugged coastline." The lake is divided into three large parts - Bolshaya, Babinskaya and Ekostrovskaya Imandra. Despite its significant size, Lake Imandra was recorded on maps relatively recently. The first mention of the pearl of the Kola Peninsula appeared in 1539. For a long time, geographers confused it with the bay of the White Sea. After studying the region, it became clear that Imandra is an independent water system.

The length of the lake is 120 kilometers, and the width is from several hundred meters to ten kilometers. Imandra is formed by a tectonic fault in the earth's crust. This explains the complex relief and the abundance of islands - there are 144 of them here.

Kayaking is a convenient and active form of travel to such places. From the water we can approach the most untouched places, get to the parking lots inaccessible from the shore, and all things will comfortably fit in our ships and the escort boat. We will go kayaking along Imandra Khatanga 3 Sport. These kayaks are a good compromise between speed, comfort and safety. They are stable, it is almost impossible to turn over by accident. Khatangs keep their course well and are easy to control, while in speed they are not much inferior to frame kayaks and kayaks. On such kayaks it is good to go in the rain, which is not uncommon in northern places. The closed top and skirt keep your feet dry and comfortable.

We load the kayaks with the minimum of things necessary for the day, and the rest of the things are carried by the escort boat. During our trip we will be able to be alone with nature. We will have daily crossings of 10-25 kilometers, this is a route of medium difficulty. We ask you to carefully consider the list of equipment - frivolity beyond the Arctic Circle is undesirable!

The shores of the lake, overgrown with dense forest, placers of boulders and sandy beaches. Above the tree crowns one can see small hills and large mountains. All this, combined with the smooth surface of the lake, creates incredible landscapes! During the day we will stop at numerous islands and shores. We will choose camps in convenient places where you can walk, take pictures and fish. Those who like to sit with fishing rods can catch here trout, whitefish, grayling, pike, perch, ruff, ide, lake minnow, stickleback, burbot, makizha, European vendace and carp. And in the forests a lot of berries ripen and mushrooms grow.

What could be better than diving into a cold lake with a steamed birch broom? During the hike, we will definitely make several tourist baths.

It is interesting that almost all days of our journey the sun will go down to the Khibiny mountains - and we will rise to the height to see the entire latitude of Imandra from the mountains. But that's not all - we will walk along one of the most beautiful gorges of the Khibiny mountains, Aku-Aku. In Sami beliefs, legends and traditions are associated with this place.

Weather. Northern nature can be harsh even in summer, so it is worthwhile to warm up. The weather can change dramatically, and winds often raise high waves. In summer, the weather is considered to be +15, average 10-12, but it can also rise to + 25 ° C. There are midges and mosquitoes on the banks, it is better to take repellents with you.

Living conditions for these 10 days are outdoor. Together we prepare food, prepare firewood and set up camp. We spend the night in tents. The club can provide 3-seater tents. If you wish to live in a 2-bed tent, you must inform the hike coordinator in advance.

Communication. There is cellular communication (Megafon) almost along the entire route.

The route is led by experienced instructors who will teach you not only how to operate a kayak, but also how to live safely and comfortably in the wild. After all, they spend three or more months on hikes - who, if not them, know that wind and rain are just a background that cannot cool the warmth of human communication. And the North does not attract random people!

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