Conoeing on the river Drau near Dellach starts off on dry land: Before embarking on the Canadian canoe, paddlers need to practise the correct technique, which is easily accomplished. Then the canoe is moved to a sand bay and pushed into the shining green river. Before long you glide on the gentle waves and feel transposed into a distinct world. The Drau is one of the last river landscapes of the southern Alps, which have preserved their natural state. For centuries the river was used for transporting ore and coal; today it is a protected area stretching on 41 miles from Oberdrauburg to Sachsenburg - Carinthia’s ecological lifeline. Guided canoe tours may last from half a day to several days and include romantic campfires and overnight stays. Most of the time, however, you spend on the boat, savoring the soft quietude of nature and the wild river landscapes and watching grey herons on the shore. They definitely feel as comfortable as we do.