Hiking in Slovenia’s Triglav National Park in the Julian Alps is a must! Slovenia’s nature is so breathtakingly beautiful, it’s a shame not to explore it. Walking through forests along rivers and canyons, guiding you to impressive waterfalls and valleys surrounded by snowcapped mountains; sounds good, doesn’t it? I spent 10 days at the Triglav National Park and even though it rained every day, I still enjoyed all the sights and adventures. Since it was a first time visit I only did short walks to Slovenia’s gorgeous waterfalls and canyons. These are the walks I definitely recommend doing when you go hiking in Slovenia’s Triglav National Park!
Hiking in Slovenia’s Triglav National Park: bucket list
This walk takes you through the Vintgar canyon with its vertical rocks along the Radovna river. It’s one of the most popular walks of Slovenia so make sure to arrive early to avoid the crowds. The path is very narrow and often consists of wooden beams built over the river. The gorge is about 1.6km long and ends with a bridge overlooking the powerful 13 m high Šum waterfall. You can do the hike in half a day (you have to return the same way). I did it in the pouring rain so the river was very strong and wild, which impressed me very much. It’s not too far from Bled Lake so easy accessible by car.
Starting point: near Podhom, Gorje
Distance: the Gorge itself is 1.6 km
Entrance fee: 5€
Mostnica Gorge, Voje Valley
Starting in Stara Fuzina near the Bohinj lake, this walk will take you through forests along the Mostnica river and the canyon the river formed. At certain points the view of the river in the canyon from up above is quite impressive! After a while the scenery totally changes; you’ll be walking through the greenest valley surrounded by massive mountains. The end of this hike will take you to the Mostnica waterfall.
Starting point: Stara Fuzina
Distance: 12 km
No entrance fee
In my opinion this gorge had the most spectacular view with the brightest blue-green water running through steep white and grey rock formations. You can also visit Dante’s Cave (scary) and look for the Bear’s Head, a hanging rock between the cliffs. The hike isn’t difficult, but at a certain point you’ll have to do about 500 stairs.
Starting point: North from Tolmin
Distance: 2.5 km
Entrance fee: 4€
This easy walk takes you along the Isonzo river and then into the forest along the Kozjak river. You’ll end up at a “Jurassic Parkesque” canyon with impressive rock formations covered with lush vegetation. If the waterlevel of the river gets too high, you’ll have to hang on ropes to reach the wooden platform that leads to the Kozjak waterfall. What makes this waterfall so unique is that it falls into a cavelike canyon, an awesome sight to see!
Starting point: park your car at the parking lot right after crossing the Napoleon’s Bridge (right side of the road) a little further you’ll find the hiking path at the left side of the road.
No entrance fee
The Soca is probably the best known river of Slovenia and the good news is that you can walk right beside it, even at the canyon part! Hiking along the rock formations with the lightblue water streaming below you is a must do! You can walk right up to the edges of the canyon, so you always have to be careful, but the sights are breathtakingly beautiful! There are also parts that are lower and where you can jump from rock to rock in the river.
Starting point: Coming from Bovec, the path starts right after Kamp Soca (Soca trail)
Distance: you can choose yourself how far you want to go
No entrance fee
I was looking forward to this hike the most, so I was very disappointed to find out halfway that it wasn’t possible to continue my hike due to the floods the bad weather was causing (it was pouring rain when I was there). I managed to reach the first part of the waterfall, but after that the path itself had become a waterfall/river. An experienced mountain climber told me to stop and return, because the hike in itself is already very challenging and with the rainy weather it would be too dangerous to continue.
The first part wasn’t too difficult, but apparently the second one is more climbing on rocks than actual hiking. So I’ll definitely return to experience that one day!
Starting point: On the right side of the road (coming from Kransjka Gora) between the center of Gozd Martuljek and the bridge
Distance: 8 km
No entrance fee
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