Today, we released a new country souvenir for North Macedonia. If you have found a geocache in North Macedonia, you automatically receive the souvenir on your profile.
Nestled within Southeastern Europe is the Republic of North Macedonia. Located on the Balkan Peninsula, the country lies at a junction point between several historic trade routes and is comprised primarily of mountains. In fact, 80% of North Macedonia’s land is mountainous!
The rugged landscape and sprawling forests make the perfect habitat for one of the planet’s rarest animals, the Balkan lynx. This critically endangered species and national symbol even appears on the back of the 5 denar coin, the country’s currency.
North Macedonia has a cultural history that dates back to the Neolithic Era. This means there is a rich cultural tapestry that includes one of the world’s oldest astronomical observatories, dozens of castles and fortresses scattered throughout the country, and a wealth of ancient ruins and archaeological sites. Interestingly, it is also unique in that it is one of only a few countries that has an island despite being landlocked.
Guarded by the water of Lake Prespa is the location of our Geocache of the Week, Snake Island (GC4V3FE). Also known as Golem Grad, or ‘Big City/Town’ in English, Snake Island is 600 meters long and 350 meters wide, a few kilometers away from the Greek and Albanian borders. Aptly named, the island is home to three types of serpents: Dice snakes, Grass snakes, and the venomous Horned Viper Snake.
While at one point the island was swarming with snakes, many of them venomous, visitors can now visit with lowered guards, knowing that the main occupants of the island are pelicans, turtles, and cormorants. However, some geocachers have reported seeing at least a few snakes during their visit to the island, so it is always best to come prepared and be cautious when visiting the island.
The only way to get to this Terrain 5 geocache is by boat. This only adds to the adventure of this experience, as the view upon arrival makes you feel like Robinson Crusoe!
The expedition begins with finding a boat to embark on the one hour journey to the island. Luckily, there are several coastal cities nearby with a few options to choose from, and some geocachers elect to take a guide to lead them on their quest. There is a reason this cache holds a D/T rating of 5/5; as the sole cache on the islet, Snake Island requires you to work hard to make the find!