Northern Waters - Vltava
Vltava River, Czech Republic
This is above the 50th parallel but not our usual wilderness trip. This was a 4-day trip in the Czech Republic along the Vltava River from Vyssi Brod to Borsov nad Vltavou. This is a very popular pilgrimage for Czechs and it was a carnival atmosphere for the first half of the trip. The second half was in a natural area and we left the hordes behind.
Getting there We drove to Vyssi Brod, but you can get a train there too. Go here: http://www.cd.cz, click for English in the top right, and then do a search.
Camping There are many boater campgrounds along this section of river. When you rent your boats, you'll get a map that will show them.
Canoes and gear There are lots of companies. Just do an internet search. We used www.ingetour.cz . They provided all our gear: boats, dry barrels, life jackets, and paddles. I bet some of them rent camping gear too, but we brought our own. Also some camps rents cabins or teepees, so if you plan ahead you won't need a tent. Also there are towns along the way where you could arrange to stay in a pension.
Language This is a touristy area and nowadays all young Czechs will speak at least basic English. Definitely those in the tourist industry will.
Difficulty If you portage all the weirs, it's class I. If you paddle the weirs, it's class II. Check out the pictures.
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