1. Aukštaitija National Park: Wild Nature Hiking
If visiting Lithuania, be sure to take a day out in the Aukštaitija National Park to fully appreciate Lithuanian beauty. Hear the whispering wind in the crowns of trees, inhale the tangy smell of pines, give your eyes and mind an opportunity to unwind and refuel. Enjoy the healing powers of the surrounding nature, and experience a deluxe feeling of calmness. Aukštaitija National Park can be reached by train or coach from Vilnius in 1.5 to 2-hours. Once you are at the meeting point, a short 15 minute transfer will take you to a small village Puziniškis, where the tour will start. From there, a local guide will lead you on a 10 kilometer hike. Expect to hear about edible herbs and berries, which you can pick along the trail, hear stories about the local forest and lake formation and possibly spot some wildlife. There will also be a stop for lunch, during which your guide will show you how to prepare a traditional lunch over a campfire. This will also an opportunity to take a refreshing swim in the wild lake. The tour will end at the same spot as it started, Puziniškis village. The transfer will take you back to Ignalina where you can catch a return train or bus to Vilnius. Families with children and dogs are welcome on this tour.