Mostnica Waterfall, Slovenia

Bohinj Lake

Our 3rd day in Slovenia, so far it’s been amazing. We left Bled in the morning towards Bohinj via a bus that travels every hour to Ukanc which is the camping site next to lake Bohinj. The road to Ukanc was full of great mountain views. We tried to keep our eyes open not to miss out any great views, but regardless our heads were falling down every now and then.  After a 45 min journey we arrived to the camping site and looked for a place to set up our tent. Being end of April at that point of time, nothing was open in that area, some of the hotels felt abandoned and when we asked about a place to eat…other campers had a laugh and explained is not the season yet so the only chance in finding a place is in the other side of the lake, in the city.

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We went into the forest just a bit above the lake, set up our tent and we went into the city, hoping to find a place to have breakfast and go on our first trail, up to Mostnica Waterfall. In the same way as in Bled, most of the places open in the evening and the best they can offer is a coffee, but lucky enough we did found a panini place and a supermarket from where we gained our energy for the rest of the day.

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Mostnica Waterfall is just about 4h away from Ukanc, the trail offers a great experience walking near by the beautiful Lake Bohinj and along the Mostnica gorge up to the waterfall.

Mostnica got it’s name from the Slovenian word “most” which means bridge and this is due to the fact that the place holds four stone bridges among which the devil’s bridge. The gorge was formed by the flooding water came from the Bohinj glacier which created some spectacular passages where the blue water runs down into the lake.

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Just before the waterfall there is a brilliant meadow with some really cool huts and amazing mountains. It is a great place to take a break, have a picnic and relax. Only another 40min – 1hour away from this place you arrive to the Mostnica waterfall.

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I have seen quite a few waterfalls in Slovenia and this one was one of my favorite because there were no tourists, it felt wild and isolated which I found to be very satisfying.

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From the Mostinca waterfall you can continue to Triglav which is only 7 hours away, or to the closest summit which is Velo Polje at 3h30min away. We decided to slowly go back to the town and try going to Velo Polje the 2nd day.

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We have been advised by the locals that it’s not safe to go up to any of the summits because there is still a lot a of snow. As we were running out of time and not being well prepared, we went back to the city and enjoyed the rest of the evening next to a great deer stew and a cool burger. I think I have gained around 5kg during this trip, because I spent more time eating rather than hiking. 🙂

 

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The best of Slovenia 2018

I’ve spent five days in Slovenia with my buddy Dragos, where each day we visited a new place and we were blown away by the beauty of this country.

The idea of visiting Slovenia came out of nowhere, well I was actually looking at google maps and researching about the neighbor countries of Romania because I do have in plan of visiting them. While doing this I spotted Slovenia and by curiosity I dropped the little yellow man into the Triglav national Park and I was immediately drawn by the place.

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I shared the idea of visiting Slovenia with Dragos and within a few days we booked the plane tickets without thinking too much about it.

Ljubljana

We started off our journey in visiting the capital of Slovenia, Ljubljana, a wonderful and welcoming city. It has a really nice architecture, a mix of Italian and Austrian influence. As soon as I arrived from the airport, I was dropped right in the city center next to the Franciscan Church and a great view over the Triple Bridge, the Ljubljana Castle and Robba Fountain.

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Walking on the streets I noticed a lot of Italian and German tourists and endless other nations, no wonder, the city has a vibrant atmosphere. People riding bikes, singing on the streets, a vast variety of cuisines, weird art and loads of places to grab a beer.

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Bled

Our 2nd destination was Bled, just about a 40 min by bus from Ljubljana. We arrived to Bled where we camped over night at Camping Bled, a really cool place just next to the lake. We enjoyed this place a lot, the clear water of the glacier lake, the church on the island in the middle of the lake surrounded by jaw-dropping mountains and Bled Castle from where you can witness an epic view of the lake.

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Bohinj

On our third day in Slovenia we continued our journey to Bohinj lake where we camped for 2 nights in Ukanc. Now this place, no doubt looked like out of a postcard. The amazing turquoise clean water and surrounded by the gorgeous Alps. A great view of Tosc, Vernar and Slovenia’s highest mountains and the nationals symbol Triglav.

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On our 1st day in Bohinj we visited the Mostnica river and Mostnica Waterfall which we found really cool due to the fact that it was wild and it wasn’t packed with tourists.

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On the 2nd day we visited Savica waterfall which was really nice, but did not enjoy as much as Mostnica because it was way to overcrowded and we had to pay to get in.

The Black lake

From Savica waterfall we continued our journey to the Black Lake which is at an altitude of 1300m. The trail to the lake is challenging steep climb but comes with great rewards. It offers an amazing view over the Alps and some great peaks like the Vogel. On the way you will find a stunning waterfall which is way nicer than Slavica with a fall around 30-50 m. The Black lake is a beautiful glacier lake with crystal clear water from where you can drink without any worries.

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We had an attempt of going to Presihajoče lake wich is around 1650m altitude, but due to the big snow we lost track of the trail at 1500m and decided to go back as we where running out of time.

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After a 10 – 12 h climbing and walking we decided that on the third day we will enjoy the lake and the surrounding landscapes.

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These amazing places totally convinced us to return in 2019 and do a longer hike. The plan is to go from Bohinj to Triglav on a 3 day journey.

Here is a short video summary of the trip. In the coming days i will post separate videos about each day spent in Slovenia for even more details.