About congress

IFWP Congress 2016 in Slovakia

The Congress will be held at the foot of the Lomnicky peak in the eastern part of the Vysoke Tatry Mountains in Slovakia. It's located on the border of the Tatra National Park, in a quiet surrounding a short way off the towns of Tatranska Lomnica and Stary Smokovec. This advantageous situation is supplemented by the limited distances from the airport and the major Slovak routes through the town of Poprad (only 15 km), as well as by nearness of the architectonic jewels of the Spis region - Levoca, Kezmarok or Stara Lubovna.

The Velická Valley

The most important location for wildllfe photography will be the very unique Velická Valley. This is a 6 km long terraced valley, situated below the eastern slopes of a huge crotch of the Gerlachovský štít (Gerlachovský Peak) - the highest peak in the High Tatras (2654.4 m). It is characteristic with a huge basin on its southern slope. Above the first rocky terrace at the Velické Mountain-lake, a mountain hotel has been built, called Sliezsky Dom (Sliezsky House). Behind the lake you can see the green marked path ascending through the sc. Večný dážď (Never-ending Rain) waterfall up to the grassed Kvetnica field with a slowly disappearing mountain-lake of the same name. The typical fauna in this area consists of marmots, chamois, bears, wolves and lynx. In June many rare flora species can be found in Velická valley which is perfectly suited for macro and landscape photography, visually most attractive during sunrise and sunset - and that is when we will go there!

The Velická Valley

The Velická Valley © Ivan Kochan (SAFP)

Flora of Velická Valley

Flora of Velická Valley © Ivan Kochan (SAFP)

Tatra chamois (Rupicapra rupicapra tatrica)

Tatra chamois (Rupicapra rupicapra tatrica) © Jakub Mrocek (SAFP)

Marmot (Marmota marmota latirostris)

Marmot (Marmota marmota latirostris) © Marián Zelina (SAFP)

Golden eagle (Aquila chrysaetos)

Golden eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) © Ivan Godál (SAFP)

Golden eagle (Aquila chrysaetos)

Eurasian lynx (Lynx lynx) © Ivan Godál (SAFP)

Brown bear (Ursus arctos)

Brown bear (Ursus arctos) © Ivan Godál (SAFP)

Gray wolf (Canis lupus)

Gray wolf (Canis lupus) © Ladislav Dziviak (SAFP)

© Boris Rovný (SAFP)

© Boris Rovný (SAFP)

Other activities

During the congress participants may also visit these extraordinary locations:

Spiš castle

Spiš castle and european ground squirrels living nearby

European ground squirrel (Spermophilus citellus) © Jakub Mrocek (SAFP)

Dunajec river

Rafting on the Dunajec river

Rafting on the Dunajec river

Botanic garden in Tatranská Lomnica

Botanic garden (Tatranska Lominca)

Flora of the botanic garden