Welcome to Nemunas Delta

The gateway into the extraordinary Nemunas Delta (Nemuno Delta), where the Nemunas River ends its 937km journey from its source in neighbouring Belarus, is Šilutė (population 21,000), a sleepy town an hours’ drive south of Klaipėda. Rusnė Island, the largest island, covers 48 sq km and increases in size by 15cm to 20cm a year.

Boat is the main form of transport; villagers travel in and out of the park by an amphibious tractor from March to mid-May, when merciless spring floods plunge about 5% of the park under water. In 1994 floodwaters rose to 1.5m in places, although 40cm to 70cm is the norm.

From Nida there are seasonal boats across the lagoon to the delta settlement of Mingė (also called Minija after the river that forms the main ‘street’ through the village). No more than 100 people live in Mingė – dubbed the ‘Venice of Lithuania’ – and only a handful of people still speak Lietuvinkai, an ethnic dialect of Lithuanian distinct to the delta. The 19th-century riverside houses are made of wood with reed roofs and are protected architectural monuments.

A good way to explore this area is by bicycle; from Mingė a cycling track runs around Lake Krokų Lanka, the largest lake in the park at 4km long and 3.3km wide.

Top experiences in Nemunas Delta

Nemunas Delta activities

$433.86 Multi-day & Extended Tours

4 Days Wild Baltic Beaches Getaway

Day 1. Welcome to the only Lithuanian sea-port!Arrival to Klaipeda. Optional transfers from Vilnius, Palanga, Kaunas or other cities. Get accustomed to our 3rd largest city Klaipeda, and the only sea-port of Lithuania. Overnight at the hotel Amberton 4* or similar. Day 2. Narrow piece of the land of goodness.In the morning you will be picked by our guide and take a city tour in Klaipeda. Expect to see the beautiful Oldtown which once belonged to Germans, explore it’s narrow streets and get to know the stories behind the history. Later you will take a ferry to Curonian Spit. Prepare for picturesque dunes, forests and tiny resort views that used to be fishermen villages. Visit Juodkrante with the mystic hill of witches, Grey dunes that has buried a whole village underneath the sand and enjoy 360 degrees view from the highest Vecekrugas dune.We will show you the full authenticity of this narrow yet our favorite, peace of land. We will make sure you will taste local smoked fish. Evening is free for you to relax and enjoy the tranquility of Nida. Overnight in Nida. Day 3. The other side of the lagoon and evening self-treat.This day we will take you on a boat trip to the other side of the lagoon. You will visit Ventė horn with the biggest in the world bird ringing station, explore the villages of Nemunas delta one of which is even called our Venice as it has no streets, but a river. Enjoy lunch at the local homestead and see what’s the fisherman’s catch today.Upon return to Nida we highly recommend you to give in for pleasure and experience hot sauna on the beach (OPTIONAL). It can be your best sunset, we promise. Day 4. Definitely not a goodbye, you will want to come back.The last look at the Baltic sea and then heading back home. Optional transfers to Klaipeda, Vilnius, Kaunas or other cities.

Nemunas Delta in detail