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The city hosting this year’s championships is Olsztyn – the capital of the Warmia and Masuria region. This picturesque region of Poland is known as the land of a thousand lakes, although in reality, there are over 2.6 thousand lakes. Participants will have the opportunity to explore diverse, undulating terrain that was shaped by glaciers. Leaving northern Poland 11 thousand years ago, the glacier left not only post-glacial lakes and a network of rivers but also moraine hills and other landforms. The competition center and all races are located near Olsztyn – the main city of the region, inhabited by over 170,000 people.

The city’s history dates back to the 14th century and is as complex as the history of these lands. Here are a crossroads of various cultural, ethnic, and religious influences. The city’s location amid forests and lakes makes it a fantastic place to organize competitions.

On the one hand, there is good transportation, a beautiful Old Town, and accommodation options, and on the other hand, the proximity to nature.

We hope that you will have wonderful moments here during the European Forestry Orienteering Championships (EFOL) 2024.


How to get to Olsztyn?
Olsztyn is very well connected to the rest of the country. You can get here by train, car, bus, or plane (Olsztyn-Mazury Airport in Szymany has regular connections to Dortmund, London, and Antalya, as well as domestic flights to Krakow). It takes about an hour by train from the airport to the regional capital. You can also come here by bus, or taxi, or rent a car.
Within Olsztyn, public transportation allows for smooth movement between the
city center (Old Town, railway station) and the university campus in Kortowo. The city has a dense network of bus and tram connections. From the railway station to Kortowo, you can take tram number 3, and closer to the dormitories, bus line 101 and then 109.
The training course is within a 10-minute walk from the university campus.
The relay and middle-distance courses are not easily accessible by public transportation.
It is better to go there by car or taxi. Free parking will be available for EFOL participants’ vehicles.