It was going to be another hot, sunny weekend, so we followed our friend’s advice and went to the beach. Rather than go to the beach at nearby Ustka, we went Łeba, a town about 60 km east of us.
Łeba, the entrance to Słowiński National Park
In addition to being a seaside resort town, Łeba is also the eastern entrance to Słowiński National Park. The area that is now the park was once a bay, but over time sand dunes formed, creating lakes that are separate from the Baltic Sea. The sand dunes are said to be as high as 40 meters; we decided to see for ourselves.
Inside Słowiński National Park
The sand dunes are impressively high. The sand is fine with hardly any rocks or other aggregate. On the Baltic Sea side of the dunes, the beach is deep, long and unpopulated. On the land side of the park, the terrain is varied: lakes, peat bogs and pine forests. We took the well-developed hiking trail partway through the forest, then cut across to the beach before finally arriving at the dunes. It was about 5 km (3 miles) each way, but it was worth it.
I took a bunch of photos and hopefully they (and their captions) will give a better feel for the park and Łeba. Thanks for reading!