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  • Day80

    Lake Bohinj

    August 25, 2017 in Slovenia

    After a day of waterfalls and mountains it was time for a swim at the beautiful Lake Bohinj.
    While Lake Bohinj may not be as glamourous as Lake Bled, it is less crowded, and an ideal summer holiday destination. People come to chill out or to swim in the blue-green clear water. There are lots of outdoor pursuits like kayaking, cycling, hiking - it is big enough to accommodate everyone, and it is close to all the quaint villages including where we are staying (about 15 minutes).Read more

  • Day69

    Cable Car & Chairlift

    August 25, 2017 in Slovenia

    After the long hike to the waterfall and back we then took the cable car then the chair lift up to the top of the mountain. View across to the Julian Alp and Mt Triglav ( highest mountain in Slovenia) were spectacular, also looking down onto the top.end of Lake Bohinj.

  • Day318

    Bohinj Lake and Savica Waterfall

    May 10, 2017 in Slovenia

    Our four days at Bled were over. Ali and Tom had booked a hotel in Ljubljana, but before we returned to Slovenia's capital city we wanted to squeeze a little more nature time out of our stay in the North West. We'd heard from several people that Lake Bohinj was even more beautiful than Bled so we thought we'd put it to the test.

    On arriving, we first drove alongside the lake to the start of a walking trail that would take us to Savica Slap, a 78m high waterfall. There was a small charge for parking and admission but we loved the walk. It was a steep climb up the V shaped valley, through Beech forest where the copper leaves of last autumn still carpeted the floor. White Wood Anemones bejeweled with raindrops grew here and there among a few other wild flowers. The views of the river along whose course we walked, were obscured by the trees much of the time but there were a few viewpoints along the way, including one that showed a great outline of the glacial U-shaped valley that Lake Bohinj was part of. We've often said that our travels are one great big Geography field trip and this was a perfect example.

    Savica Slap was a tall thin stream of white water emerging from a narrow fissure in a cliff face at the head of the valley. A smaller waterfall beginning some way down formed an 'A' shape as both plunged into the green-blue pool at its base. Unfortunately the path that led down to this pool was gated so we couldn't get as close as we would have liked, though it was still impressive from our vantage point.

    Returning to the van, we drove and parked at a layby near the shore of Lake Bohinj. Walking through a wide band of trees, we reached the still surface of the water. The area was far less developed than Bled; the only building we could see was a small wooden topped house on the distant shore and there was only one boat making its way towards where we had just come from. We seem to be saying this a lot in our Slovenia blog posts, but the scenery was stunning!

    It didn't take long to get to Ljubljana. We stopped at the same overnighter we'd used when we met Cath and Paul only 2 weeks ago. Ali and Tom's hotel was even closer to us and after they'd booked in we met them for drinks at a riverside bar near the famous Triple Bridge. The wildlife in Ljubljana is incredibly tame and Tom amused himself and us by feeding the Sparrows on the wall beside our table.
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  • Day6

    Lake Bohinj

    July 22 in Slovenia

    From Tolmin we drove through the mountains to Bohinj. It is a small village neighboring the Triglav National Park and at the foot of a big lake. When we arrived in the early afternoon it was raining and the clouds were very low in the sky making it difficult to see the extend of the lake. In the meantime it became clear that Bohinj is gaining quite some touristic attention. Luckily no big busses and hotels yet, but compared to the other places we visited it is definitely a more popular place.

    The big clouds disappeared towards the evening and as such we decided to drive around the lake and go for a hike to the Savica waterfall.
    It was definitely worth it! Beautiful clouds floating on top of the lake made some very pretty pictures. Also the scenery with the mountains was very beautiful. A bit further we hiked up in the forest to the waterfall. Because of the bad weather we were almost alone there and so we could enjoy the beautiful place. On our way back we stopped again along the lake and saw the sky turn orange and red. Very beautiful and peaceful.
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  • Day15

    Lake Bohinj

    August 19, 2017 in Slovenia

    We didn't want the rain to stop us from making something out of the day (which is not so easy in a purely outdoors-oriented destination like Bled). Thus, we took a bus to the close by lake of Bohinj, to at least walk around a bit and have some coffee.

  • Day12

    We had a hearty breakfast at the Treehouse in preparation for our mountain biking expedition today. We (Chris) hired a guide to take us on a biking and hiking trip through the Lake Bohinj region. Gregor, the owner of Hike&Bike Slovenia, fit us to our Specialized mountain bikes then lead us through a few tiny villages before taking us up the river valley to the Mostniča waterfall. As we began our ascent from the lake, we passed through a lush forest where we came upon an abandoned hotel overlooking the lake where Agatha Christie stayed in the 1960s (the story goes that when asked if she would use Bohinj as a setting for one of her books, she famously remarked that the Bohinj valley was “too beautiful for murder”). The upper river valley is located among the lower pastures where farmers have been taking their cows to graze on the summer grasses for centuries. Most of the traditional pasture huts have been converted to vacation cabins, but they still retain the look and feel of rustic shepherding abodes. In addition to being an expert outdoorsman, naturalist, and guide, Gregor provided many interesting lessons and provided insight into local history and culture, including a visit to a Shepherding and Cheese-making museum. All in all, the bicycling portion was pretty challenging, but we survived! Our hard work was rewarded with stunning views of pastoral alpine treasures and rich cultural insights. At the conclusion of our trip, Gregor invited us to his home in the cute little village in Stara Fužina where we sat in his garden along the river that winds through town. He and his wife Mia treated us to a sampling of Bohinj regional cheese and three different schnapps. The latter was homemade by Mia’s father and included an oak barrel aged schnapps, a blueberry variety and one made with dozens of locally harvested herbs and flowers. It was a great and fitting conclusion to a tour through the region. The breathtaking scenery and fascinating culture in Slovenia have been amazing, but it’s the warmth and graciousness of our Slovenian hosts everywhere we’ve been that has been the true highlight of our travels. Gregor and Mia were exemplary ambassadors for their country and we are fortunate to have spent time with them.Read more

  • Day13

    Day 13 - Lake Bohinj

    June 30, 2016 in Slovenia

    We woke up to another beautiful day with a stunning vista outside our hotel window overlooking Lake Bohinj and the mountains beyond. We took an early morning walk around our town of Stara Fužina in search of breakfast, but as it’s a sleepy, small village nothing was open yet except for a cafe that mostly served pastries. Since our hotel room had a small kitchenette, we opted to drop by a little market and make our own breakfast from fare we found. We had a great meal on the hotel room terrace with fried eggs, local cheese, salami, apricots and pears, whole grain bread and cottage cheese. While we ate, we watched paragliders descend down from a launch point to the north and land a few hundred meters away from us on the shore of the lake.

    On our last full day in Slovenia, we decided to “take it easy” and settled on spending the afternoon hiking the trail that circumnavigates Lake Bohinj (about 7 miles). Shortly after leaving Stara Fužina, which is situated on the eastern shore of the lake, the trail goes through the town of Ribčev Laz. At the edge of town, there is a picturesque stone bridge leading up to an old church - the Church of St. John the Baptist which was built sometime in the 10th or 11th centuries (almost one thousand years old!). We continued along the south shore of the lake and on to the far western shore where the trail leads through the town of Ukanc (there we passed a nice little restaurant where we returned later for dinner). As we worked our way along the north shore of the lake, we were treated to great views of the towns we passed through and of the various boaters out on the lake. This area of Slovenia is known for rowing and produces many athletes that compete in crew or rowing and rank among the top in the world (a recent olympic medalist in rowing was from Lake Bled). In fact the New Zealand olympic rowing team was currently residing in the Lake Bohinj region and I’m pretty sure we saw them training on the lake as we hiked around it.
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