Góry Izerskie (Izera Mountains)
A quiet land for active
Izera Mountains is a mountain chain range spread over the territories of Poland and Czech Republic. They are situated on the west side of Sudety (Sudetes). On their eastern border lie Jelenia Góra Valley and Karkonosze (Giant Mountains). From the Polish side, the Izery Mountains can be accessed from Świeradów Zdrój and Jakuszyce, near Szkalarska Poręba. If you plan on a longer trek, you can walk from Karkonosze to Izera.
The landscape here is much different than in Karkonosze (Giant Mountains). The highest peak, Wysoka Kopa (High Hillock, 1126 m. a.s.l.) located on the Polish side, is much lower then Śnieżka. However, this region also has much to offer to anyone who looks for active relaxation.
In the summer, it is a perfect place for hiking and mountain biking. In this area the differences in height are not that significant. Therefore, has plenty cycle routes and trekking trails accessible even for seniors.
Winter is a time when Izera become the center for cross-country skiing. The international cross country skiing race Bieg Piastów takes place in nearby Jakuszyce. Cross-country skiers come from all over the world to participate every year. In addition, the flat area attracts many other organizers for professionals. This sport has become very popular, probably thanks to Justyna Kowalczyk. This top sportswoman made the Polish nation very proud several times. She won The Word Cup, Tour de Ski as well as winter Olympics. Now, many more people see this sport as a great activity for a winter weekend. If you find it interesting, come early morning to Jakuszyce and rent skis in one of several ski rentals available. The professional personnel will definitely help in selecting a pair of ideal skis for you based on your physical attributes.
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Another interesting fact about Jakuszyce is that it is the last inhabited place just before the border with the Czech Republic. Next town going south is Czech, Harrachov which organizes the World Cup Ski Jumping competition.
One more thing has to be mentioned here. Izera Mountains has 3 shelters on the Polish side. Lack of electricity, silence, sometimes sounds of a guitar from fellow hikers give to these places a great character. You have to sleep here at least once!
As you can see, this area has so much to offer. Take few days off and spend some time in this peaceful area with so many attractions.