Length: 452 km
Fall: 234 m
Output: Vidzeme Upland – Lake Alauksta / Elka Hill
Fall out: Baltic Sea Gulf of Riga near Carnikava
The Gauja is one of the most popular rivers in Latvia, both in its magnificence and in terms of visiting the boating enthusiasts. This meandering river reaches the mark of 452 kilometers, conquering the title of the longest river in Latvia, although it is only about 90 kilometers from the beginning to the end of the river.
There are several towns on the banks of the Gauja – Valmiera, Cēsis, Sigulda, Ādaži and others. – that gives residents the pleasure of enjoying the beauty of the river in the middle of their city. The Gauja really stands out because of its charm, because the various rock outcrops and caves in the territory of the Gauja National Park tell about the ancient history of Latvia.
This interesting and crafty river passes through historic landscapes that breathe a breeze into each of its explorers, which is why Latvia Rivers offers several itineraries, both one-day and several-day, through the magnificent scenery of the river.
• The Gauja is the only river that starts and ends its flow in Latvia
• The Gauja is the longest river in Latvia (452 km)
• The Gauja National Park is the oldest and largest nature park in Latvia (the River Gauja National Park winds over 90 kilometers)
• The Gauja has more than 40 tributaries
• The Gauja River had other names in ancient times: the Bērzu River and the Vidzeme River