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Gauja: Valmiera - Sigulda sect.

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Type of the river: Gauja is Class 1 river. Suitable for beginners and family recreation - all types of leisure paddling; Obstacles if any are simple and strightforward.

Recommended type of boats: any;

 

 

Routes offered by Campo on this river:

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 Route
length
duration
  Grīviņi - Cēsis
23 km
1 d.
  Līgatne - Sigulda
20 km
1 d.
  Cēsis (Raiskums) - Līgatne
18 km
1 d.
  Jāņarāmis (Cēsis) - Līgatne
29 km
1 d.
  Cēsis (Raiskums) - Līgatne
18 km
1 d.
  Cēsis (Raiskums) - Sigulda
38 km
2 d.
  Cēsis (Raiskums) - Sigulda
38 km
2 d.
  Jāņarāmis (Cēsis) - Sigulda
49 km
2 d.
  Strenči - Grīviņi
37 km
2 d.
  Grīviņi - Līgatne
41 km
2 d.
  Līgatne - Murjāņi
km
2 d.
  Valmiera - Cēsis
44 km
2 d.
  Valmiera - Sigulda
82 km
3 d.
  Cēsis - Murjāņi
68 km
3 d.
  Līgatne - Carnikava
74 km
3 d.
  Valmiera - Līgatne
62 km
3 d.
  Valmiera - Murjāņi
101 km
4 d.
  Cēsis - Carnikava
92 km
4 d.
  Valmiera - Carnikava
136 km
5 d.

* route selection popularity scale:

-recommendation for the season.

 

Tha Gauja is the favorite river of water tourists looking for calmer waters. Tha Gauja is the longest river within the teritory of Latvia, and it crosses Gulbene, Aluksne, Valka, Valmiera, Cesis and Riga districts. In the middle stretches the Gauja (in Estonian language Koiva) forms the border with Estonia. The Gauja originates in the Vidzeme Highlands, on the slopes of Elka Hill. In its upper reaches it flows to the east, then after passing arround the Vidzeme Highlands in a wide arc its bed turns toward the Gulf of Riga, flowing into the sea at Carnikava. In a stright line it is just 90km from source to estuary, but the rivers total length is 452km.

An interesting and attractive site for tourists is the Gauja River Valley between Valmiera and Murjani. The valley depth fluctuates from 20m at Valmiera to 85m ar Sigulda. As the Gauja meanders, redish, yellowish or grayish white Devon sandstones and red clay appear on the banks. The biggest outcrops are Sietiniezis Rock, Erglu Cliff, Red Cliff and Kuki Rock. The valley is home to spruce, pine, oak, maple and other trees, and in the autumn a myriad of colours is on displaym from the green of the fir trees to maple red.

 

Gauja National Park (GNP)

In order to preserve the natural assets and cultural heritage (the Cesis, Turaida and Sigulda medieval castles, archeological monuments etc.) and develop tourism, the Gauja national Park was established in 1973.

 

 

km
alt.
Waypoint or landmark
140.6
29.0
  Kazu rapids, slalom course
139.8
28.4
  Valmiera bridge
138.5
28.3
  former railway bridge
136.4
28.2
  Bridge
135.4
28.2
  lbt (left bank tributary) Jumara
132.0
27.6
  Entry to Gauja National park
129.9
27.3
  lbt Miegupe
125.5
26.8
  Liepas outcrop at the left bank
123.3
26.6
  Sietiņiezis outcrop at the right bank
114.9
25.4
  lbt Rauna
113.8
25.2
  Kazu outcrop at the left
108.1
24.3
  Rāmnieki bridge, Janaramis bivaq
104.2
23.7
  Ērgļu outcrop
102.9
23.4
  rbt Vaidava
102.7
23.4
  Pielekshu ramis
99.2
22.7
  rbt Lencupe
96.5
22.3
  Raiskuma bridge, Cēsis
91.8
21.5
  "Kvēpene" bivaq
91.2
21.4
  lbt Rakshupe
88.4
21.0
  Briedishu outcrop
86.4
20.7
  lbt Amata
84.8
20.4
  "Kuku rocks" outcrop
84.5
20.3
  Kuku rapids
81.8
19.2
  Skalupes bivaq
80.9
18.8
  lbt Skalupe
80.0
18.4
  Springu outcrop
79.4
18.2
  lbt Ligatne
79.0
18.0
  Ligatne cable ferry
76.8
17.0
  Katrīnas outcrop
75.8
16.6
  Gudu outcrop
74.5
16.0
  Launaga outcrop
72.0
15.4
  lbt Vildoga
70.2
15.0
  rbt Brasla
60.9
12.9
  lbt Dauda
59.5
12.4
  lbt Vejupite
58.6
12.1
  Turaida
56.5
11.5
  Siguldas bridge
52.6
10.6
  Velnala (devil's cave), pedestrians' bridge
51.9
10.5
  lbt Lorupe

 

Slope of the river in the stretch valmiera - Sigulda (m, m/km|km):

 


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