Słowiński National Park – Updated 23 August 2022
The Park is a very popular attraction for nature lovers and hikers and is located in the Pomeranian Voivodeship between Łeba and Rowy on the Baltic coast. The park is 186 sq km in size and extends for 33 km. In 1977 the park was placed on Unesco’s list of World Biosphere Reserves.
Słowiński National Park consists mainly of lakes and rivers surrounded by peat bog, meadows and woods. The two largest lakes being Łebsko and Gardno. Historically, the lakes in Słowiński were bays; however over time, they were slowly cut off from the Baltic sea by the sandbar and today, they are shallow lagoons.
Moving Sand Dunes
The area is famous for its moving sand dunes, a curiosity which occurs as waves and wind carry the sand inland at a speed of 3 to 10 metres each year. Some dunes can reach heights of up to 30 metres.
In total, the park provides hikers with 140 kilometres of tourist walking trails; which are well-maintained and include benches and places to rest. There are also a number of observation towers beside the lakes. Around the park there are plenty of parking areas as well as hotels and camp sites, particularly in Łeba.
Słowiński National Park is located on the path of migrating birds and at times can be home to over 250 species including swans, ducks, crows and eagle owls. Large parts of the lakeshores have been made into strict no-access reserves, free from human interference and birds feel safe there. Mammals that you may spot include hares, deer and wild boar.
The park is named after the Slav tribe, the Slovincians and the best time to visit is in late spring and summer.
Slowinski National Park was formed to preserve the beauty of the Polish seaside eco-system; the unchanged sea lakes, swamps, forests, and especially the unique moving dunes. See the only 'desert' in Poland – the landscape so similar to Sahara that it was used by the German army during WWII as an experimental polygon for the Africa Corps.
The park’s entrance gate is located 8km from the shifting dunes. After arrival, you will be transported by an electric car to the Dunes. Admire the landscape and find out about all the flora and fauna preserved by the Park. Climb the Lacka Dune which is 42 m high and enjoy the view of the infinite sandy landscape.