In the heart of central Europe resides a petite yet profoundly diverse country—Slovakia. Notwithstanding its small size and landlocked position, Slovakia is a sanctuary of arresting forested landscapes, serene natural lakes, and soaring mountains. Bordered by a medley of nations—Poland to the north, Hungary to the south, Ukraine to the east, Austria to the southwest, and the Czech Republic to the northwest—Slovakia is a geographically vibrant destination that will leave any nature enthusiast or volunteer abroad entranced.
Slovakia’s landscape predominantly unveils a picture of heavily forested mountains. These are primarily scattered across the northern and central regions, forming the Carpathian Mountains and Ore Mountains, respectively. They slope gracefully towards the Danube river lowlands in the west and the Hornad river lowlands in the east. Slovakia’s highest peak, Gerlach Peak, rises majestically in the Tatra Mountains in the north at 2,665 meters. Among the pristine lakes, those tucked away in the Tatra Mountains particularly stand out, adding to Slovakia’s picturesque charm.
Aside from mountains and lakes, Slovakia is home to an extraordinary natural phenomenon—a geyser. In fact, it takes pride in being the only European country outside Scandinavia to feature this exciting spectacle. Such a rich geographical landscape offers an ideal backdrop for our Wolf and Lynx Tracking volunteer project, situated amidst the breathtaking Slovakian wilderness.
Slovakia experiences a continental climate common to central Europe, characterised by warm, dry summers and cold winters. Autumn and winter usually extend from September to May, with January standing as the coldest month. Conversely, spring and summer are observed from May to August, with July emerging as the warmest month.
Rainfall is mainly concentrated in spring and summer, but winter can occasionally be snowy, foggy, and wet. In spring, daytime temperatures typically reach low teens (°C), accompanied by strong winds. During summer, the temperatures in mountainous areas range between 20-25°C. In contrast, the lowlands can experience a hot spell, with temperatures soaring to 30-35°C. Autumn in Slovakia can either bring dense fog and wet weather or clear, sunny days. Winters witness daytime temperatures dropping around 0°C or even lower, especially during the robust northeasterly winds.
The volunteer project in the Tatra Mountains takes place in midwinter, where volunteers should prepare for freezing temperatures and snow.
Track Wolves in the beautiful Tatra mountains in Slovakia, the highest range of the Carpathians, and learn more about this magnificent animal.
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