If the spirits of Native Americans and the Inuits have been summoning you in your childhood or be it adulthood dreams, then heed their call and visit the Ściborki Republic in the northeastern Warmińsko-Mazurskie Province, home to the “Running Wolf” and his loyal sled dog team.
The “state within a state” was established by one of the most famous Polish mushers Darek “Running Wolf” Morsztyn and his wife Justyna. Famed for having crossed 500 km of the Norwegian tundra’s wilderness in just 70 hours and being the first Pole to finish one of the World’s most demanding dogsled race the Finnmarkslopet, “Running Wolf” decided to share with others his passion for the great outdoors, the beliefs and cultures of the Native Americans and the Inuits.
To this end, together with his wife Justyna, he redesigned the indoors of an old house built in a style unique to Poland’s Mazury lake district changing it into the Museum of Native American and Eskimo Culture. Boasting some rare exhibits of the Inuit culture, the place is perfect for igniting your children’s interest in the culture of Indigenous peoples and as a prefatory narrative to future readings of Jack London’s “White Fang” and Karl May’s “Winnetou-Trilogy”.
But if the museum was not enough, there are four trapper huts and a tipi located on the forest-surrounded farm. Still, that is not the end of fun that the locality has to offer. During the winter season, young and old will enjoy dogsled rides across the picturesque woods and meadows of the Warmińsko-Mazurskie, crowned by a bonfire and perhaps some storytelling of Indigenous peoples’ legends to marvel at.
How to get there?
To cross “the borders” of the republic within the Republic (of Poland), travellers are advised to depart from Warsaw taking route no. S8 until they reach the city of Ostrów Mazowiecki where they should take a turn left onto route no. 677. Following route no. 677, you should change to route no. 63 in the city of Łomża and drive along until the town of Pozezdrze. Once there take a turn right into Młyńska Street. Then take a turn right into route no. 650, which will take you to the village of Banie Mazurskie, where you should turn left. This route will take you directly to Ściborki and the turnpike at “the border” of “Running Wolf’s” domain.
Wait no longer to buy the “visa” (a ticket) and enjoy the adventure with “Running Wolf” and his husky team.