International Cartographic Association

13th Mountain Cartography Workshop

Zakopane, Poland

April 3–7, 2024

High Tatras / Michał Kasperczyk

Participants page

RESERVATIONS & REGISTRATION             TRAVEL              PROGRAM             ACTIVITIES             CONTACT

Friday, April 5

     • Breakfast

     • Field Study Day

     • Evening activities - Mountain Trivia

Saurday, April 6

     • Breakfast

     • Early morning workshop session

     • Coffee break

     • Late morning workshop session

     • Lunch

     • Early afternoon workshop session

     • Coffee break

     • Late afternoon workshop session

     • Gala dinner

Sunday, April 7

     • Breakfast

     • Morning departure, check-out


Driving to Limba Grand & Resort takes about two hours from John Paul II International Airport, Kraków, Poland. The drive from from Poprad-Tatry Airport, Slovakia, takes one hour.


Use this link (Arriving) to find rides with other workshop participants from Kraków Airport (KRK) to Zakopane, and this link (Departing) for finding rides from Zakopane to KRK. After you have found someone to share a ride with, make sure to exchange flight information and mobile phone numbers.

Limba Grand and Resort address

Kośne Hamry 15c, 34-520 Poronin, Poland.

GPS Coordinates: Latitude 49.330380 | Longitude 20.038540

Public transportation

Bus and train services link Kraków and Zakopane. Taking the train is recommended.

Distance from Limba Grand & Resort to:

Grocery store – 0.55 km

Downtown Zakopane – 12 km

Polana Szymoszkowa Ski Area – 12 km

Tatra National Park – 11 km


For current weather, visit:

1. Backcountry Skiing at Gąsienicowa Valley and Pięć Stawów Polskich Valley.

The slopes of these two valleys offer great opportunity for ski-touring in beautiful settings. This is the option for advanced skiers with experience in high mountain terrain. There are mountain huts in both valleys that offer food and drinks.

2. Lift skiing

- Kasprowy Wierch is a high elevation (1985m) mountain accessible by cable car. There is a restaurant at the top,. You will need to book tickets for the cable car in advance.

- There are other lower elevation options for downhill skiing at the foot of the Tatra Mountains. However, they may not available at the beginning of the April due to the warmer than usual weather this year.

3. Hiking

We recommend two options:

- Morskie Oko lake. This is one of the most beautiful and rocky areas of Polish Tatra. The hike is not too steep, but long. Take a bus to the starting point and then hike 2,5 hours to Morskie Oko. The return hike takes 2 hours. Sleds or horse carriages are available for hire. A mountain at Morskie Oko provides lunch and drink possibilities.

- Gąsienicowa Valley. This is also one of the most beautiful, rocky valleys of Polish Tatra. After taking a bus to the starting point, hiking up the valley takes 2 hours and then another 1.5 hours to get back. Lunch and drinks are available at a mountain hut.

4. Zakopane sightseeing

- Take the funicular railway to Gubałówka hill for great views of the topography and geomorphology of the Tatras. Lunch options are available.

- Tatry National Park museum. A great option for local wooden architecture lovers—many churches, chapels, local houses in traditional, local, wooden style.

- There are also indoor thermal spring options around Zakopane. Lunch options are available.

Evening entertainment is also being planned, including the 2024 Mountain Trivia Challenge, a test of your mountain knowledge worldwide. To get a sense of what might be asked, check out previous challenges here and here. A band will entertain us with traditional music during the gala dinner on Friday evening.

Greetings mountain cartographers,

The workshop is now less than two months away! Below you will find the program, abstracts, and activities for Field Study Day. Updates to the program before we meet in April will be posted on this page, so be sure to check back occaissionally.

Please contact us if you have any questions or problems.




High Tatras / Michał Kasperczyk

Rafal Jonca

Workshop organizer

Patrick Kennelly

Chair, ICA Commission on Mountain Cartography                    Updated: Mar. 15, 2024

Room Reservations & Registration

The cost for four-nights at the Limba Grande and Resort is 1,420 PLN for a double room and 1,620 PLN for a single room. This amount includes all meals and the 100 PLN workshop registration fee. Payment is by credit card when you arrive at the hotel.


To reserve a room, send an email to Rafal that includes your name and whether you want a double or single room.

Sharing rooms

If you want a double room and know who you will be sharing the room with, tell Rafal who that will be. If you don't already have a roommate, he will find someone for you.

You will receive an email from Rafal confirming your room reservation. Thank you.

Schedule and Preliminary Program

Last update: March 15, 2024

Schedule at a glance

Wednesday, April 3

     • Afternoon arrival, check-in

     • Dinner

     • Evening social / introductions

     • Keynote address

Thursday, April 4

     • Breakfast

     • Early morning workshop session

     • Coffee break

     • Late morning workshop session

     • Lunch

     • Early afternoon workshop session

     • Coffee break

     • Late afternoon workshop session

     • Dinner

     • Evening activities (TBA)

Instytut Geodezji i Kartografii

Workshop organizer

Feel free to email us with any questions about the workshop, or to add your name to the Mountain Cartography Mailing List.

Rafal Jonca and the Instytut Geodezji i Kartografii, Workshop Organizers

Patrick Kennelly, Chair, ICA Commission on Mountain Cartography

Timofey Samsonov, Vice Chair, ICA Commission on Mountain Cartography