A small, landlocked country in central Europe, Slovakia boasts some incredible forested landscapes, idyllic natural lakes and towering mountains. The country is encircled by Poland to the north, Hungary to the south, Ukraine to the east, Austria to the south-west and the Czech Republic to the north-west. Heavily forested mountains cover much of the northern regions (Carpathian Mountains) and central regions (Ore Mountains) and slope downwards to the lowlands of the Danube river in the west and the Hornad river in the east. There are multiple pristine lakes, particularly in the Tatra Mountains in the north (which also hold the highest point Gerlach Peak at 2,665m). This wild and beautiful landscape is where our Wolf and Lynx Tracking volunteer project is located in Slovakia and it gives you the opportunity to bask in the breathtaking scenery of the area. Slovakia is also the only European country outside of Scandinavia where you can find a natural geyser.
The country can be described as having a fairly typical European continental climate with warm, dry summers and cold winters. Autumn and winter stretch from around September to May, with January its coldest month, and spring and summer from May to August with, July the warmest month. Most rainfall occurs in spring and summer though it can be wet, snowy and foggy in winter. In spring, temperatures reach the low teens and the days can be quite windy. In summer, daytime temperatures reach 20-25°C in the mountainous regions, but can be quite hot in the lowlands, reaching 30-35°C. Autumn can either be very foggy and wet or can experience beautiful clear sunny days – it really depends. Winter drops to day time temperatures of around 0°C, though this too can be lower especially when the strong northeasterly winds blow. The project offered takes places in the Tatra Mountains in midwinter and so you can expect these very cold temperatures and snow.