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Občina Solčava

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  • Day220

    Day 221: Kamnik and Solcava

    September 23, 2017 in Slovenia

    Time for another day trip, this time to the north! In the car around 9:30 and drove off to the north, stopping firstly at the town of Kamnik. This is kind of the gateway to the mountains of northern Slovenia, and it's at the start of a long skinny mountain valley. Unfortunately for us, it was very foggy and we couldn't see anything! The town itself was nice, though very quiet and hardly anyone was around since it was Saturday morning.

    Gradually the fog began to lift and suddenly we saw all the mountains in the distance! Great views from the old ruined castle in the centre of town. Had a quick coffee and snack here before pressing on northwards into the mountains.

    It's a beautiful part of the countryside here, with some snow-capped mountains as well as narrow river gorges, swiftly flowing clear streams, and lots of pine forest. We noticed that right on cue, some of the trees had started to turn orange (today is the first day of autumn).

    Drove up a long and windy road to Kamniska Bistrica, where the road basically becomes a hiking trail! We couldn't get any further so parked in a small carpark and had a look around. There was a really nice river pool here at the bottom of a small waterfall, and another fall at the other end of it, but it looked absolutely frosty so neither of us went in!

    Decided to grab some lunch at the guesthouse on the trailhead, so I had a plate of goulash while Shandos had sausages. Very hearty food, but it's to be expected since we're basically in central Europe now. Sat and enjoyed the sunshine for a while before driving back down the road we'd come up.

    Stopped halfway at a place called Velika Planina, where you got a cable car up to a high plateau where some traditional huts and a village huddle against the wind and cold. They're replica buildings, sort of like an outdoor museum I guess. The cable car was fairly expensive and Schnitzel wasn't allowed, so we decided to skip. It looked quite touristy as well, lots of billboards advertising it scattered around the place!

    Headed back south down this valley, drove east and then north again heading to a waterfall we'd heard good things about. It was quite a long drive over some twisty roads, up and down a mountain pass, but definitely worth it! We ended up in a long narrow valley known as Logarska Dolina, which was quite large and wide but towered over by enormous mountains.

    Right down the far end of the valley at the end of the road (which we drove down while following a brand new Lamborghini), we had a 20-minute trek uphill to a waterfall, Slap Savica (slap is the Slovenian word for waterfall). It was fantastic, a good hundred metre plunge straight down over a cliff, and with towering snow-flecked mountains on two other sides. Lots of green and orange pine trees around the place as well, making it look absolutely beautiful in the sun. Fantastic spot, though we decided not to stop for a beer at the hut like everyone else!

    Ironically, we were only about 5km in a straight line from where we'd had lunch, but it was a 90 minute drive between the two points, just because you had to drive around in a huge loop! But we got back in the car and headed back to Ljubljana, satisfied but very tired.
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  • Day10

    Logarska Dolina

    July 26 in Slovenia

    From Bled we drove to Logarska Dolina. It’s one of three valleys in the North of the country and much less touristic compared to other areas in Slovenia. To reach the valley we had to cross several mountain passes heading into Austria before going back down to in Slovenia. The Logarska Dolina valley is part of a national park and looks very green with long meadows flanked by steep mountains. Most people who live in the valley work in forestry and live on a farm with some cattle. Because this seemed like a nice experience we decide to make our stay on the farm. On the farm there were two horses, a pair of goats, some chickens and one very fat pig. That afternoon we used the bikes to cycle to the Rinka waterfall at the end of the valley. I expected an easy trip because the valley seemed completely flat. However, we were only 200m away from the farm and then the road continued for another 4kms uphill. We were happy when we arrived at the end of the road and could start a short (uphill) hike. The waterfall is one of the higher ones in Slovenia with a free fall of approximately 90m.

    In the evening we went for local food in an neighboring restaurant. On the menu there was mushroom soup followed by pork with gnocchi.

    The next day was Ilse’s birthday. We started with a splendid breakfast where we could try fresh goat milk. It was delicious!
    We finally had some time to relax and to play some badminton. In the late afternoon we left for our next stop, Ljubljana.
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  • Day7

    Veliko Raduha

    August 31, 2017 in Slovenia

    After pushing pretty hard for about 4h this morning (the signs indicate 5.5h for that section) I finally got to Koča na Loki. Isn't Loki the ancient norse god of mischief?? (Thank you Stargate for this nugget of wisdom)

    Anyway... left again after only half an hour of break with coffee and water. The idea was to have a late lunch after the big mountain. Unfortunately that meant doing the steepest climb in the hottest hours of the day... and boy was it hot.

    The views from the top however were awesome! Raduha is the first mountain on the trail that's over 2000 meters and it was great just to sit there enjoying the view, pondering life.... and figure out how to get off this mountain again.

    I was a little anxious about the descent since it mentions cables and pegs in the guidebook and I would have preferred my first taste of that to be uphill not down. In general, I really,really don't like going downhill...

    Anyway, it turned out they had changed the path and it was much easier. Mind you, there were still a few moments that got the heart going and it was definitely not a path for those afraid of heights! Finally, after about an hour of downhill hiking/sliding/jumping, I finally get a nice lunch, coffee and break. By now it's about 2.30pm.
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  • Day8

    Sitting, waiting, wishing

    September 1, 2017 in Slovenia

    Not much happening today. I got up, packed everything and ventured to find a bus out of Solčava. It was 8.30am. Turns out the next bus is at 1pm.

    So, nothing to do but to wait at the café across the road, have breakfast, drink coffees (4), try the local liquor (1, blueberry), chat with the waitress (1), watch the locals (many) drop by and the rain roll in.

    Very relaxing... Cheers!

  • Day7

    Fangorn forest to Solčava

    August 31, 2017 in Slovenia

    The 3rd and final leg of the day was meant to be just 5km down to the valley to Solčava...

    Well, nobody had thought to mention that the path would be the most narrow and gnarly so far on this trail. So, to keep with the Tolkien metaphor (sorry, normal people)... this was now Fangorn Forest, wild, overgrow and with fallen trees and rocks putting obstacles in my path. It was AWESOME! Eventually the going got easier and the views switched on postcard mode. Wow! That's all I can say.... wow!

    By then I had hiked for more than 10 hours, not counting breaks. So with the trail starting to follow forest roads, I was a bit on autopilot and missed a turnoff. Instead of the direct path to the village I kept following the gravel road which lead to an additional hour of walking. Great.

    The day finished with camping in Solčava by the side of a quiet side road. I had asked the neighbours and they said it was fine. There was a stream nearby to freshen up in and I was set up, washed and had dinner just as it started to go dark, roughly 14h after I had set out in the morning.

    What a day, what a day! :)
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  • Day2

    Logarska dolina

    August 4 in Slovenia

    Wanderung in Logarska Dolina: Forests, mountains and a waterfall

    Im Tal Logarska Dolina, direkt an der österreichischen Grenze, sind wir bei angenehmen unter-30 Grad Temperaturen zum Wasserfall Slap Rinska und durch ganz viel Wald gewandert. Als Belohnung gab es Apfelstrudel im Schatten mit einer super Aussicht!
    Slowenien ist das Land mit am meisten Wald in Europa und hat sowohl Berge als auch Meer. Alles was man braucht um glücklich in den Urlaub zu starten :)Read more

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