Passion for nature: Hiking in Slovenia for total beginners
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Our late summer vacations were coming closer and we were still unsure what we wanted to do or where should we go. Since we have chosen to visit Slovenia over Croatian coast, we knew we would not spend this vacations in the city. The idea was to spend active holidays with Lota the dog, but we had no idea where to start.
How to organize a hike in a foreign country, in the area which you are visiting for a very first time, without getting lost? We started to look for the blog posts about desired areas, recommendations, and routes, but we did not find much. Suddenly, I stumbled upon the Slovenia Walking site and you can imagine my happiness when I noticed they published a book of a very promising title, as well. Walking in Slovenia book was just we were looking for!
Thanks to its help we managed to plan our trip perfectly. The book is divided into the three sections: car rides, walks and picnic spots. They covered more or less the whole Slovenia, with the emphasis on the Julian Alps. Between six car rides, 41 walking tours, and various picnic spots, for sure you will find the perfect route for yourself.
While we were planning the trip, we searched the book in order to find shorter and easier walks, perfect for beginners. In one moment we did not know where to start and, in the other one, we had plenty of options. Hiking in Slovenia for total beginners (what would be us) just became so easy!
Over the seven days, we completed 6 walking routes from the book and we can absolutely recommend it. It is written in a simple and easy manner (click to see the example of walking route), with plenty of descriptions – so in every moment you know where you need to go, where you can park or find a perfect spot for a picnic.
1) ROBANOV KOT – ROBANOVA PLANINA
Our first stop was the valley of Robanov kot, located in the Upper Savinja Valley, right next to much more famous Logar Valley. The tourists are more eager to reach the neighboring valley and they often skip Robanov kot. Right because this peaceful valley is a perfect place to enjoy the nature without crowds and admire the views to the high alpine peaks.
It took around 2 hours of medium tempo walking (9 km) to reach the last house in Robanova planina and come back to the car. We passed next to the pretty tourist farms in Robanov kot and started the walk. Following target marks along the paved road was simple and, even it was a quite foggy afternoon, we enjoyed every moment. The views were dominated by alpine peaks, with impressive Ojstrica being the highest.
Somewhere in a half way to Robanova planina we found nice picnic tables and decided to have a quick lunch before continuing. The moment when you exit the little forest and enter Robanova planina is dramatic and fulfilling, just wow! From there you can decide to return or to continue climbing the alpine trails if you feel ready for it. We returned and grabbed a quick coffee at one of the farms before to continuing to our accommodation in Solčava. In total, the trek was very easy and pet-friendly, just perfect for beginners.
2) LOGAR VALLEY – RINKA WATERFALL
Logar Valley (Slovenian Logarska dolina) was our main reason to visit this region, we fell in love as soon as we saw the first photos and we knew we need to see it in person. People say Logar Valley is the most beautiful glacial valley in the whole Europe. The green meadows, fields of dandelions, alpine peaks and woods make a perfect and almost surreal scene.
You can decide to park the car at the entrance (even though we did not spot parking spaces, all the guides say that) and enter for free. If you wish to enter with a car, the entrance will cost you 7€ per vehicle. The Logar Valley was declared a landscape park in 1987 and all the revenue goes back to the park’s maintenance.
We paid the entrance fee and parked relatively close to the entrance, as we wanted to explore the whole trail on foot. You can choose to walk on the road or a wood trail, which we opted for. We discovered interesting springs, statues, and huts on our way up. It was around 8 km hike until we finally reached the famous Rinka waterfall, one of the highest waterfalls in Slovenia.
We walked on the road on our way down and we found out we missed some spectacular views while taking the wood trail – it was a great idea to explore the both trails. The hike was relatively easy, but long. Lota got very tired and so did we. After four hours of walking, we finally reached the car and drove ourselves back to the Ojstrica farm to grab the lunch with the most spectacular view of the valley and the mountain peaks above it.
3) AROUND THE LAKE BLED
The walk around Bled lake is one of the easiest, but the most beautiful walks you can take in Slovenia and every visitor should do it. Easy two hours around the most famous Slovenian lake can be full of the activities. We started at the casino in the town center and went clockwise. Thirty minutes later we found a nice restaurant for lunch and decided to have a nice meal before continuing.
Even the walk is very popular, this September afternoon was quite empty. We wanted to take a pletna (a boat) to go to the island, but we needed to wait for the boat to fill up. We were almost in the half when we noticed an old man renting the rowing boats. 10€ later, we were on the way to the island!
Besides the island, you can check out luxurious villas, rowing center, campsites, eat cream cakes or even swim. This walk is a definite must do when in Bled.
4) VINTGAR GORGE
I’ve been to Bled several times already, but, obviously, I did not do the research well since I had no idea such a stunning place as Vintgar gorge exists in the area! This time we needed to correct this big mistake and pay a visit. The Vintgar gorge is only 5 km away from the lake and you can hike there as well. Since we had few other walks planned for the day, we went by car and parked just in front.
To be completely honest, I am scared of heights and unfenced spaces. I did not expect the gorge will cause that amount of fear. I spent the whole hour terrified, shaking and imagining myself falling down and drowning. If you have any similar fears, think twice.
Besides my irrational fears, Vintgar is even more beautiful than in photos. Marked trails lead you along the river rapids, revealing beautiful and different scenes with every turn. I would love to say how long it takes to finish the trail, but because of my problems it took us a full hour. If you take many photos and enjoy the beauty, you would probably finish in 45 minutes – then you can choose to come back the same way or take another hike.
5) RIBČEV LAZ – UKANC
The day in Bohinj area would not be complete without the walk around the lake Bohinj. You would need around 3 hours for the full circle, but we decided to walk only half and return by the touristic boat since we wanted to experience the both.
The trail next to the road is away from the lake and full of bikers, so we opted for the other, less frequented side. Starting in Ribčev Laz, we went counter clockwise and discovered beautiful trails, cute lake bays, and animals. During almost two hours walk, only a dozen people passed next to us. After a busy day in Bled area, we enjoyed the tranquillity of Bohinj. We were lucky to catch the boat back almost immediately after we arrived in Ukanc, the little village on the other side of the lake. It took only 20 minutes of a peaceful sail to arrive back to Ribčev Laz.
Alpine peaks around Vogel lake are calling you! Vogel is the one you can easily reach by the cable car located in Ukanc, five minutes walk from the lake. Ten minutes later you can be high in the Alps and choose a hike suitable to your physical condition.
We had only a couple of hours, so we decided to take a short circular trail around Vogel (30 minutes) and grab a lunch at the ski center restaurant. The food was delicious and the views absolutely unbeatable. After the lunch, have a sit in front and admire the views of Triglav and Julian Alps. If you feel more adventurous, you can visit Planina Zadnji Vogel or Šija.
The book highlights 35 other hikes you can take in Slovenia and it was a great investment. We loved the descriptions and all the walks we chose were the perfect fit for our active, pet-friendly holidays. And the most importantly – we did not get lost! 🙂 You plan your hike using some hiking apps as well.
Which hike would you take?
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