A short hike close to Bovec, Slovenia

We only stayed in Bovec for two days, so our time was limited. As we wanted to go whitewater kayaking on both days, there wasn’t much time for anything else. Our original plan was to also do a Via Ferrata route on Mangart, a mountain right at the border of Slovenia and Italy. There was too much snow at the higher altitudes so we changed the plan.

On the second day we did a shorter section of kayaking and had just enough time for a short hike.

Hiking in Lepena, Slovenia

The owner of the apartment we stayed at recommended to go to Lepena. It was a short drive along the Soča valley. The first part of the hike was a wide path through the forest. The trail was going up all the time and we needed to stop several times to catch our breath. It was mostly inside the forest, so you couldn’t see much. But when you could, the scenery was really nice.

Krn Lake in Slovenia

It took us about two hours to get to the Krn Lake. Very peaceful and quiet. There is also a mountain hut on the way here, but in October it was already closed. Because we started late in the afternoon, we didn’t have much time to enjoy the scenery. We had to head back, so we wouldn’t need to hike back down in the dark.

Hiking in Triglav National Park

The weather was great and up at the lake there were numerous paths going in different directions. Too bad we didn’t have more time. We managed to get to the car right as it started to be too dark to see without a torch. That’s why I don’t have too many pictures from the hike.
Here is a video a made two years ago doing a Via Ferrata route in the same area. I think we need to go back some day and have more time in the area.

The next post will be about our time in Bosnia & Herzegovina.

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Whitewater kayaking on the Soča river

After our trip to Lapland I was home just for a few days. I had just enough time to pack everything in the van and head towards the south. I took the ferry to Stockholm and my first stop was in Nürnberg, Germany. There I attended the Paddle Expo, a paddlesport trade show. All the major paddlesport brands where present there, but there wasn’t really many new or innovative products.

After the expo I picked up Henna from the Munich airport. Our first stop was Slovenia and the town of Bovec. We had plans of doing some whitewater kayaking on the Soča river and doing a Via Ferrata close to a mountain called Mangart.

When we got closer to Bovec, we noticed that there was already a lot of snow on the mountains. Talking to the locals it turned out that there was snow and ice everywhere above 1800 metres. So our plans changed and we went kayaking on the river for two days instead.

On a break on the Soča river

The water level was very low and we only paddled on the easy sections. But the the river is really beautiful and it was just great to be there.

On the beautiful Soča river

It is so nice to kayak on the Soča again after a few years. The water is so clear and it is great to see the trout swimming in the river. The water was a bit cool, but we were very lucky with the weather.

Scenery on the Soča river

It was peaceful on the river. Not a lot of kayakers, rafts or fishermen on the river. I have never been there in the summer, but I can imagine it is very busy. Now in October we just saw a few fishermen fly-fishing.

Emptying the kayak on the Soča river

Our second day of kayaking started with a swim for Henna. It was mostly my fault since I made her take a more difficult line with the water pushing against a big boulder. Luckily it was only a short swim and the sun was shining! 🙂

We brought our own kayaks from Finland and I did the shuttles with my bike. It is okay since the road is close to the river, but does take a lot of time. And you need to bike uphill! If you want to go kayaking on the river, but don’t want to bring you own gear, you can rent everything from the Prijon Sport Center. If you don’t have a lot of experience or you don’t know the river, I would also recommend taking a course with them or hiring a private guide.

The beautiful Soča valley

It was nice to be back in the Soča valley. There is a lot of other activities available and a lot of good options for accomodation. I would be happy to give my recommendations, if you plan to go there!