Ideas for canoe tours around the Schlei
Floating through nature on a canoe
There are many ways to discover the Schlei region from the water. You can either take a cruise on an excursion boat or you can get active yourself. How about a canoe tour, for example? This is a special experience, as you can feel every water movement and discover diverse nature near the shore.
The Schlei environment offers great potential for canoe tours. Many canoe rentals in the region are happy to help you plan your trip. The boats and equipment will be brought to your starting point for you. Before you conquer the water, you will receive valuable pointers and a competent introduction into canoeing as well as safety equipment for a relaxing tour on the water of your choice.
Find the right water
Starting point of your canoe tour on the Schlei
If this is your first canoe experience, it is preferable due to its waves to use a tributary river of the Schlei as your first tour.Suitable for beginners is the Haddebyer Noor and Selker Noor near Schleswig or the passage between Loit and Füsing on the Loiter and Füsinger Au (a waterway of 15 kilometres). When you reach Winningmay, the tour ends with a short passage on the Schlei.We recommend planning your tour always following the wind direction. On a round trip, make sure to first work against the wind so that you can relax on your way back.
Canoe tours lasting several days for professionals
Your canoe holidays on the Schlei
It is possible of course to enjoy the beautiful Schlei landscape on a canoe tour which lasts for several days. One long-distance trip could lead you from Schleswig to Schleimünde and back, which can be achieved within one week when travelling at a relaxing speed. Many of the small villages along the Schlei offer numerous accommodations both at a campsite and holiday homes.
The current velocity of the Schlei is rather low. This characteristic makes the Schlei an ideal water sports resort and, therefore, also creates very good conditions for canoe and kayak riders.The current of the Schlei follows the course of the fairway and sets in towards the Schlei with the rising water.
At the narrow parts of the Schlei, flow velocities can reach up to four knots.Your sailing speed depends on the direction of the current and the soil friction slows down the current speed in shallow waters rather than in deep waters. Therefore, your advantage is to use the shallow waters with the rising water.
- Water Level
The water level of the Schlei and the Baltic Sea are directly linked through their waterway connection. However, stormy winds from the north-east can increase the water level by 1-1.5 metres and stormy winds from the south-west can lower the water level of the Schlei by up to 1 metre.