Photos From Hiking in the Tatras Mountains

I consider myself quite an outdoorsy person. I love hiking and exploring nature; it’s the thing I most look forward to when I travel. Although I also love to explore cities, I’d go hiking in the mountains over a city break given the choice. This is one reason why Zakopane in Poland was the perfect place for me and my travel buddy, Atlanta, to visit. The surrounding scenery in the village was stunning and there were so many potential hikes waiting for us in the Tatras Mountains. I just wish we had more time!

Morskie Oko Lake

With our only full day in Zakopane, it was a struggle to choose which hike to do in the Tatras Mountains. In the end we were tempted by pictures of the lake Morskie Oko and off we went (I think we made the best decision!). The entrance to the Morskie Oko is about a half hour drive from Zakopane. As we didn’t have a car, we took a taxi there for 120zl (£24). On the way back we took a bus for 10zl (£2) each.

We paid 5zl (£1) to get into the national park where we started our hike. We noticed horses and carriages carrying tourists towards the end of the trail. Just seeing the foams of sweat around their saddles made us glad we were walking. There were regular porter loos along the way which seemed to get pretty smelly in the heat but beggars can’t be choosers!

The trail to the lake takes around 2 hours to walk but it took us much longer as we regularly stopped to take photos and appreciate the view. I was in my element.

Views from the path

Around 20 minutes into our hike we walked over a small but powerful waterfall. There was rock at the bottom of fall which made the water spray upwards at the bottom.

A waterfall

The whole way along the trail we could see the mighty mountains awaiting us. We were getting closer step by step. They reminded me of the scenery I love so much in Switzerland.

Hues of the mountains

We stopped for our first round of lunch in this beautiful spot where we had some pastries we’d previously purchased from the cafe we’d had breakfast in. I can’t imagine a spot for lunch more beautiful and peaceful (even though there were a number of people walking past).

Th bench we sat at for lunch

As we began walking again, Atlanta spotted a turquoise lake below us where some other hikers had gone to take a closer look. We followed in suit and soon we were the only ones there. The water was crystal clear. We could even see fish jumping out the water.

A lake on route

The sunlight made some of the water appear like it was a glittering diamond.

Glistening water

Our taxi driver informed us we could meet a bear in the national park and I’m pretty sure this is a bears footprint I noticed (though I’m no expert!). Although it would be pretty incredible to see a bear in the wild from a distance, I’m not quite sure I’d like to come face to face with one! We quickly made our way back to the path.

A bear paw print

And then the finale. As we turned the corner, neither of us were prepared for what was awaiting us. Ahead of us laid one of the most breathtaking landscapes I have ever seen. The emerald-green mountain lake immediately made us gasp in amazement. I couldn’t believe something so magnificent was right in front of us. It didn’t feel real.You can walk down to the edge of the water where there are rocks and sand.

Relaxing at Morskie Oko

Even looking back at the pictures now I find it hard to believe we were somewhere so stunning.We had our second, bigger round of lunch at the restaurant overlooking the lake. I had a fried polish sausage with bread and Atlanta had fried potato (very similar to hash browns).It was hard to tear ourselves away from the glorious lake. It is nature at its finest but regrettably, we eventually had to say goodbye.

Views on the hike

On our way down we had another surprise awaiting us. Behind a horse and carriage I noticed a smaller light brown animal making its way to a circle of grass. Could it be a bear? No, too small. We soon realised it was a lean, majestic deer. We watched it grazing near the spot we’d had our first lunch. It was so oblivious to all the people walking passed and taking photos.

A deer grazing on the grass

Overall the hike to Morskie Oko was a moderately easy hike as there was a path the whole way. I couldn’t be happier that we chose to go to Morskie Oko on our one full day in Zakopane. It was one of the most impressive places I have ever seen. I really hope I can return to Zakopane one day in the future to further explore the Tatra Mountains.



  1. June 10, 2017 / 8:17 am

    I’ve wanted to visit the Tatra Mountains ever since I researched them before our trip to Krakow. The scenery is just stunning, I would love to try a go in winter!

  2. June 10, 2017 / 9:32 am

    Wow, I’d never heard of this place before! I’d love to explore more of Poland and it’s mountains – hiking is my favourite relaxing technique 🙂 Will keep this in mind!

  3. June 10, 2017 / 11:51 am

    Wow it looks breathtaking, great photography! I’ve never been to Poland but it’s definitely somewhere I’d like to visit.

  4. June 10, 2017 / 12:30 pm

    I was there last winter in deep snow, so it is fascinating to see the place in summer! The Tatras are so beautiful and super cheap, especially compared with places like Switzerland. Definitely worth a visit in summer or winter!

  5. June 10, 2017 / 12:50 pm

    wow these photos look wonderful! I´ve been wanting to visit Tatra mountains for years since we have friends living in the area, but didn´t come to it yet. This post definitely inspired me to do so in teh enar future 😉

  6. June 10, 2017 / 12:50 pm

    I never knew Poland could be such a beautiful place for hiking! I’m also a huge fan of hikes, especially when the views are this incredible! Awesome photos by the way – I especially like the ones of the mountains reflected in the lake! 🙂

  7. June 10, 2017 / 1:26 pm

    How stunning! The photos of that lake and the mountains are so picturesque. I’ve never heard of the park before! I have heard of the Tatra Mountains, but I’ll definitely be making a stop here if I’m ever nearby because WOW.

  8. June 10, 2017 / 9:19 pm

    Such a gorgeous hike! Beautiful reflections in the water! I love mountains over beaches any day!

  9. June 10, 2017 / 9:41 pm

    I’d never heard of this place before ! I enjoy Mother Nature, more the country side over the city, the landscape to take your breath away rather than the skyscraper… and the Tatra Mountains’ scenery is just stunning 🙂

  10. Alex Cote
    June 10, 2017 / 9:54 pm

    Can’t believe this is Poland! It really does look like Switzerland. It looks like an ideal hiking destination!

  11. June 11, 2017 / 3:08 am

    These photos are absolutely stunning Tasha! Love how you captured the reflection in the water and this just looks like the most scenic and picturesque hike ever!! Adding it to my bucket list, thanks for sharing 🙂

  12. June 11, 2017 / 11:34 am

    Looks amazing! What an epic adventure in Poland.

  13. October 5, 2017 / 8:32 pm

    You had good weather. Valley of the 5 Polish lakes is very nice

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