Vistula River Crossing Snowy Poland54.3N 18.6E
The landscape of northern Poland (lower half of image) as well as parts of southern Sweden (upper left), the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad Oblast (upper right quadrant) and Lithuania (north of the former) appears mostly covered in snow.
Parallel to the coastline, to the south, the Vistula can be seen crossing Poland’s territory. It is the longest and one of the most important rivers in Poland, at 1,047 km (651 miles) in length. The watershed area of the Vistula is 194,424 km² (75,067 square miles), of which 168,699 km² (65,135 sq. miles) lies within Poland (covering over half the area of the country).
The Vistula has its source at Barania Góra in the south of Poland, 1220 meters above sea level in the Silesian Beskids (western part of Carpathian Mountains). It then flows over the vast Polish plains, passing several large Polish cities along its way, and finally empties into the Vistula Lagoon or directly into the Gdańsk Bay of the Baltic Sea with a delta and several branches.